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    7 Reasons NOT to Toilet Train Your Cat


    If you’ve already read through 101 Essential Tips for Kittens and New Cats: Health & Safety, then you’ll know I’m not a fan of toilet training cats. Don’t confuse this with litter box (a.k.a. potty) training, which is where I am a huge fan. What I'm saying is that training your cat to use an actual toilet is typically not a good idea. 

    Sure, there are a few toilet training kits for cats out there, and no shortage of cute and/or funny videos of cats using a toilet. So it might be tempting, or seem “natural” to teach your cat how to “go” in the toilet. Especially if you don’t want to clean a litter box, you live in a tiny apartment, or just because the thought of a cat perched above the bowl seems oddly entertaining to you.

    Whatever your reasons for wanting to toilet train your cat though, there are quite a few important reasons NOT to toilet train your cat that you really should consider first. 

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    Topics: Cat Tips, Cat litterbox, Potty Training

    7 Ways to Reduce Litter Box Smell (and Messes)


    Your cat is the sweetest, most adoring, cutest love of your life… until they drop a land mine in their litter box that’s toxic enough to clear buildings and send villagers running for the hills.

    “A demon has awoken!” they shout into the night, running for safety and pinching their noses.

    If your cat’s litter boxes are always a little too… ripe… here are some simple tips and tricks to tame the smell.

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    Topics: Going outside the litterbox, Cat litterbox, Does cat litter cause asthma, Is a covered litterbox a good idea, Cat Litter, Potty Training

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