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I want to make my kitty-seat-toilet-thing have a rough texture... Answered

Hello!

I will be getting a kitten sometime soon, and I want to train the kitty to use the toilet (because that'd be GREAT!!). I would like to put a sandpaper like texture on it so there is something to scratch ;) , but I can't find anything about putting a sandpaper like texture out there! And I would cut out a path to the bowl...Don't know why there isn't one... HELP!! :)

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droctogon187
droctogon187

1 year ago

OK, it came in the mail, but I think it's kinda big!! I think I will cut a hole in the 'back' about four inches wide or so. Then the cat can put its legs in that area and it's not too big going down to the toilet water. I'll do it soonish and have pics. :)

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SparklePuggle
SparklePuggle

1 year ago

If True Grit isn’t available you may want to try making your own mix with sand and Elmers glue. I would probably spray with spray adhesive first to rough up surface for contact hold then brush on a mix of glue and sand and sprinkle extra sand on top to insure a rough texture. Good luck with training your kitten!

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droctogon187
droctogon187

Reply 1 year ago

Please explain how each are doable and why? :) :)

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Downunder35m
Downunder35m

Reply 1 year ago

Create a seat template from a piece of plywood or similar.
Like the seat you have now but slightly wider all around so you can fit it over your existing seat.
Get some U-shape fencing nails and place the opening over the rope.
A hammer helps to drive them into the wood - pleas do this on a sturdy support like your floor and not your table...
Start at one point and simply wind a spiral to fill the seat area.
Make sure to drive these nail thingie in deep enough so there is no gaps between them and the rope - trust me it hurts to get claws stuck in this when the owner wasn't careful ;)
If you need a smaller opening consider using some strong fabric with clips under your rope seat.
Easy to take off and wash if there was an accident and plenty of grip for the little one.

In case you prefer to offer the sandpaper feel be aware that most cats will actually try to avoid these surfaces.
Can be hard to train them for it but you can "decking tape" in any good skater shop ;)
I prefer to use some sturdy carboard under the actual seat for the training with a small hole in it.
Add a bit of clay based litter to give something to scratch and move when done and the cat is happy.
Little by little over time reduce the amount of litter used while the hole grows.
Before you know it kitty is happy with just your toilet seat and has a perfect aim.
If in doubt and in reach provide a scratching surface on the wall next to the bowl.
-With a bit of guidance it will become the prefered spot to get that happy feeling after good number two ;)

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AussieAlf
AussieAlf

Best Answer 1 year ago

I would keep the scratch pad separate from where they do a crap and pee mostly for hygienic reasons. After cutting a hole in the base, i would then rough up the plastic surface with sand paper. Paint manufacturers here sell an additive which you can add to the paint to give a rough surface. In Australia, it is sold as 'true grit' and is used to give good traction when painting walkways for example. That should stop kitty from slipping down into the bowl.