Advantages of Toilet Training Your Cat

There are tons of advantages to toilet training your cat and in this blog I am going to describe just a few of the ways cat toilet training can improve your life.  

First of all you are going to eliminate that musky smell of kitty liter mixed with ammonia that is always so much a part of being a cat owner. No longer will you suffer this stench as urine builds up in clumps in your litter box.   You will also not be subjected to the smell of feces.  The other good thing about getting your cat to use the toilet is that most bathrooms are ventilated with fans.   This helps eliminate any odor caused by a cat. Most cat litter boxes really smell simply because they are always located in places where there is little air such as behind doors or under staircases.  

No more lugging around heavy bags of kitty litter from the grocery store. Your arms will thank you.   It will also eliminate the absurdity in life for paying absolutely good money for what are essentially designer brands of dirt (Multi-cat, with baking soda, flushing, clumping, anti-bacterial etc.) Everything simply gets flushed away instead.  

You can also stop spending money on baking soda, deodorizers and candles as there will be no more kitty litter box odor to disguise.   The odor will also be less noticeable on your clothing.  Another bonus is that you won’t be vacuuming up all that cat litter that gets tracked all over the house once your cat is done using the box. Sometimes you just don’t feel like cuddling your cat if it smells too much like the litter box.

Another problem that is eliminated is that kitty litter that gets caught between your cat’s toes and then is tracked all over you bed, linen and pillows at nap time.  If you go away for a weekend you no longer have to get someone to enter your litter box for you although they might want to visit to flush the toilet.  There will also be more cash in your pocket as the need diminishes to spend money on things like big plastic trays, hoods for kitty litter boxes, automatic litter cleaning devices and all of the other things one needs to maintain a clean litter box.

No more spending money on cleaners to wipe up spills or get ground in kitty litter out of your carpet.  You also keep the environment in general more hygienic. This is especially important if you have a pregnant mother, a new baby or toddlers in the house (who may try to play with cat feces.) If the feces are flushed away there is nothing for vulnerable individuals to be concerned about.  Another perk is it makes your cat look really smart. In fact, toilet training is one of the better cat tricks that you can teach your feline and she will look very clever if one of your guests catch her in the act.

Does A Dog Have To Dig?

Does your backyard look like it is filled with dusty craters that look like they belong on the moon? Do you find it nearly impossible to grow a bed of flowers or keep your yard looking neat because your dog insists on digging the place up?  Your first step in dealing with digging problems is to understand why your dog is motivated to dig.  

Be prepared to THINK LIKE A DOG and comprehend the following top ten reasons why your dog loves to dig.

1.                 It’s exciting and just feels good. Your dog gets to gratify ancient primal instincts that tell him to work those forearms and paws into a frenzy. The will to obey is just so weak in the face of such a primary drive.

2.                 There are good things to smell beneath the earth. Smelling the same thing all of the time is boring. The earth holds all kinds of secrets including what animals have been there before and what kind of food might have been there.

3.                 Digging is good exercise. It gives nervous or frustrated dogs an outlet for their nervous energy.4

.                 It gives the dog a purpose. Even dogs suffer from existentialism. Digging a hole gives a dog a goal. Hiding something in the hole is even better.

5.                 Digging triggers pleasure centers in the dog’s brain. It is comforts a dog that is hungry, frustrated, lonely or tired.

6.                 Digging is a good game. You can play it by yourself if nobody else in the house is bothering to walk you or play with you.

7.                 Digging a hole gives a hot dog a good way to cool off and way to shelter himself from the cold and wind on a stormy day.

8.                 Digging might lead to an ,escape.,   A dog may believe that if he deeps deep enough he may be able to dig himself out of the yard. This is especially true if you are finding dusty craters near your fence line.

9.                 Digging is what my ancestors did. Certain breeds, such as dachshunds and terriers may dig simply because it is part of their breed characteristic.

10.             ,Digging is what humans bred me to do., This is especially true of breeds that were bred to catch weasels, mice and snakes.   Beagles for instance instinctively feel that digging is a crucial part of their existence.  Anybody who has owned a digging dog knows that attempts to deal with it using a deterrent are almost always futile. Common deterrents are spraying the area with bitter substances, sprinkling cayenne pepper in the hole and blocking holes with boards and wire.   These are temporary solution   that often result with the dog digging a brand new hole in another place in the yard.  Perhaps one of the most troublesome types of diggers is the ,escape artist., These dogs tend to dig at the fence line. Instead of owning a dog, you often feel like you are the owner of an inmate in a prison who is constantly trying to tunnel his way out.   Of course sometimes he succeeds which means that you are left to wander all over the neighborhood looking for him. Of course there is always also the danger that he might accidentally be hurt or hurt others.  

One way to guard your fence against the ,escape artist, is to bury chicken wire all the way around the base of the fence. You can hold the segments of chicken wire down with large rocks and nail the chicken wire at the base to the bottom of the fence.