Making a Cat Toilet From Plastic Wrap

You have probably seen those commercial cat toilets in pet stores and realized by now that they can go for a pretty penny, in some cases as much as forty bucks for some cardboard cutouts or what essentially is just a plastic bowl with a hole cut in the bottom.   The good news is that there are cheaper options for making cat toilets.  

If you really want to make a cat toilet on a budget then try the plastic wrap method. However keep in mind that this method best suits a cat that is lighter in weight and also light on its feet as the plastic can easily be ripped. The method suits kittens best of all but make sure it is a smart kitten you are training as some cats cannot relate to the idea of ,see-through, plastic at all. They simply end up falling in the toilet all the time instead.  

To make a plastic wrap cat toilet all you have to do is stretch plastic cross your toilet seat and secure it with clips or duct tape.   You can put the lid of the seat down to make it more secure or you can stretch it across the actual plastic seat lid. It depends on how big your cat is. Once you have fitted the plastic sheet on top of the bowl somehow you then sprinkle litter is on top. This gives the cat the idea that the top of the toilet is where they are supposed to squat and eliminate.  

Of course the main risk of this method is that the cat will rip the plastic with claws and fall into the toilet, be drowned or be smothered by the loose plastic. This is why you should assess the danger, especially if you have a kitten even though the method is actually most recommended for kittens.   The reason is that it the plastic is supposed to be less intimidating for the smaller animal because they can see into the toilet. Still if you were using this method with a kitten I would keep an eye on it while it is learning.  With all of the above methods it is absolutely necessary that you use flushable litter. This makes the training easier for you as you can empty the plastic sheet straight into the toilet and flush it away.   It also makes for a quicker clean up. Also you will have no problems with litter that falls through the holes in the plastic, into the toilet. You can just “flush” that away as well.  

A word of warning though , your probably don’t want to flush the plastic that you used for the litter ,tray, down the toilet as that will probably clog your pipes.  It is also essential that you use genuine flushable litter and not clumping litter. Clumping litter is especially not because it can clog up your pipes. Make sure that the label on the kitty litter box specifically says ,Flushable Litter, and not anything else.

Kitten Stages of Growth

Kittens go through specific stages of growth when they are born. As so many of them are found each year I thought it important to outline what those stages are as the growth stages of every different breed of cat   (except when it comes to eye color) is the same.

On average a newborn kitten weighs about three ounces. Each day it gains about a half an ounce muscle, bone and other tissues to do with the development of organs and body systems. Like human babies, kittens are born with blue eyes that change color. However unlike human babies they are born with their eyes closed. The kittens eyes open around 7th to 14th day of the month. Don’t be distressed if one of the cat’s eye’s opens before another. One eye can be open for as long as a week before another.

Usually both of the kitten’s eyes are fully wide opening by the time the cat is two weeks old. It is normal for the kitten’s ears to look odd as soon as it is born.

The ears might look as if they are pinned flat against the cat’s had. In the second or third week, the kitten’s outer ears perk up and adopt the pert triangular shape.

 By the third week, the kitten starts to crawl. He or she should be walking and running around by the fourth or fifth week. At this stage, the mother cat usually teaches her kittens how to use the litter box. The cat will also be very naturally curious and clown like.

 By the sixth week, a kitten’s retractable claws are in good working order. They are born with the claws extended. A six-week-old kitten will already have keen sense of smell and sight. At this time, the kitten will display an ability to groom itself and no longer need the mother to keep him or her clean. The sixth week is also the week when the kitten’s baby teeth grow in. This is a clear cue that the kitten is ready to eat solid food.

At 8 weeks of age, kittens will start to lose the natural immunities they have received from suckling their mother’s milk. This is the best time to begin vaccinating them, and will allow their own immune systems to mount a proper response to the vaccinations.

At around 10 to 12 weeks of age, kitten’s blue eyes begin to turn to the color they are meant to be , usually yellow or amber. However, eye color can vary tremendously from breed to breed. In some breeds full eye color pigmentation may not be achieved until the cat is a one or two years old. At four months of age, the kitten loses baby teeth and may begin teething. For the next eight months the teeth will grow in.

The kitten can officially be called an adolescent from the age of 6 months to 1 year, and by the eighth month, this teenager will develop sexual behaviors such as calling, mounting and possibly. This is why it is very important that to have your female spayed or your male neutered at around four months.