Dealing with stinky litter boxes is one of the only obvious downsides of cat ownership, especially if you’re living in a small space where your otherwise-perfect pet can track kitty litter throughout the living quarters.
That’s why a growing number of cat owners are opting to teach their cats to use the toilet, so much so that the woman who marketed America’s first cat potty training kit is making six-figure salary!
Rebecca Rescate decided to train her cat, Samantha, to use the toilet after the pair moved into a textbook NYC apartment (read: it was very, very small). Rescate, 39, watched a series of videos about toilet training cats online, then used her new knowledge to successfully potty train Samantha, a 14-year-old cat who was nevertheless using the big person’s toilet in no time.
Realizing NYC was probably filled with cat-lovers like herself eager for an alternative to the tired litter box dilemma, Rescate decided to take her idea to the market, where the unusual start-up found instant success.
The method includes inserting a toilet bowl-shaped tray filled with flushable litter just beneath the toilet seat, which your pet will initially mistake for his or her litter box. After the cat has gotten used to visiting this space for his or her ablutions, the litter box tray will be gradually be removed, and your cat won’t even notice.
Sure, s/he can’t flush or close the toilet seat lid, but neither does your husband! It still smells much better than the typical litter box situation and can save thousands of dollars in kitty litter expenses.
Since launching in 2005, CitiKitty has sold 300,000 units, netted $8 million dollars, and – in perhaps the ultimate sign of success – inspired multiple copy cats. Most importantly, its created a new solution for urban cat lovers looking for a new solution to the age-old litter box dilemma! See for yourself what all the fuss is about here.
J. Swanson is a writer, traveler, and animal-enthusiast based in Seattle, an appropriately pet-crazed city where dog or cat ownership even outweighs the number of kids. When the weather permits, she likes to get outside and explore the rest of the Pacific Northwest, always with a coffee in hand.
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