Should Renters Potty Train Their Cats?
It must be a slow news day for The Wall Street Journal to cover the new cat potty-training trend, but if it can save renters space and stench we figured it was worth taking a look. In her story, reporter Anne Marie Chaker takes you through her trials and tribulations of potty training her two kitties, Buddy and stubborn Mr. Tibbs.
Lets examine the pros and cons (and a video of Chaker):
- No more annoying, stinky, and space-hogging litter box.
- No disposing of potentially harmful litter into the environment
- No more buying expensive kitty litter
Sounds good. Then Chaker goes on to report that cat toilet-training aids like CitiKitty Toilet Training Kit ($30), Cat Seats ($60) and "The Toilet Trained Cat" book ($20, with video to prove it works), have all seen sales increase in the last year. Sounds like the idea's catching on, we think. Maybe we should try that. But then Chaker reveals some details that make the whole proposition sound like a waste of time.
- For the year-long process your cat takes over your toilet (the toilet has to be filled with litter for a period while the cat gets used to the idea) - which means renters with only one bathroom are sh** out of luck
- Kitty littler only costs an average of $100 a year, so after buying a training kit and/or book, you'll only save $70 or so