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October 11th 2006, 06:49 PM
Training two cats takes more time, and training three or more takes a mammoth commitment on behalf of the owner and their cats. Rest assurred that it is possible! We have Breeders training litters of kittens from early kittenhood that are sold virtually toilet trained to customers that do not have the time or patience to train Kitty themselves. These breeders work with us to perfect the training techniques for multiple cats. With their help and Animal Behaviourists advice we can offer the following advice & tips.
:idea: When training 3 or more cats itís a good idea to buy a second unit. Not only will this help the units stay cleaner (and thus more appealing to the cats) at this integral stage, but it will enable you to let any slow learner/s progress seperately from the others. Place their Litter Kwitter on a container, into which a bowl of water is placed beneath the opening of the Amber disc (and later the Green disc)
:idea: Into this bowl of water tip a capful of Enymatic cleaner. We recommend Urine-Off or Animal Odour Eliminator but any brand will do as long as it is an enzymatic solution. These products can be purchased online & from Pet specialty stores .The reason we do this is to keep the water fresh & odour free until you can clear it out and replace with fresh water. Some cats object to another cats odour and will often soil the floor in protest. These solutions are excellent for general cleaning up of any urine stain & odour.
:idea: You may find that if you have one cat who is picking up the training faster than the others, that the others start to follow his/her lead (the term "Copy Cat" has it's foundation in reality!).
:idea: Always praise cats when they do the right thing. If this is only one of your multiple cats, carry this out in front of the other(s). Just make sure you try to do it very soon after the act, so that the cats can understand what deserved the praise.
:idea: Conversely, when any cat does the wrong thing (such as leaving a mess on the floor or furniture), try actively ignoring them. This means no angry shouting; just quietly clean up the spot, then issue no cuddles, cooing or even glances. Later, feed them on "auto pilot" without the usual pleasant conversation. As opposed to any other sort of punishment, such as forcing them onto the toilet or locking them away with the LK, the cat/s will not develop a compounding problem due to a fear of the toilet or the device. When later a cat does perform any kind of toileting behaviour correctly (even only getting up on the LK), respond immediately with positive enthusiasm and treats!