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In Progress: So far so good.
on November 17, 2009
I have been using CittiKitty for a week now and I will continue to update this review as I go through the process. All you have to do is read a few reviews and you should catch on to the fact that this product will not work on every cat. Some cats are stubborn, picky, stuck in their ways, or simply do not have the brain power to make the transition. So I will not be basing my rating on whether or not it works on my specific cat, but the actual product itself and how well it functions.
I skipped some of the opening steps because my cat was already used to having its litter box in the restroom. I simply moved the litter box onto the toilet for one day and then switched to CittiKitty. I have to give fairly high marks for the product construction. It fit my toilet perfectly and is pretty stable. I started using the same litter I have always used, basic Fresh Step clumping litter. My 1 year old cat had no problem using it and never missed a beat.
I recommend switching to flushable litter first and then switching to CittiKitty. I did it in reverse order and it isn't that big of a deal but it is definitely much easier to clean with the flushable litter.
Trust me when I tell you they are not over exaggerating when they talk about how big of a mess will be made using this product. You need to clean it pretty much after every use and litter gets everywhere. My cat is average I suppose when it comes to digging but if you have a cat that likes to throw litter around you better keep a broom and dustpan handy. You would also do well to invest in one of those cans of pressurized air which you can get at best buy. They are usually used to blow dust out of computer components and keyboards but it can also be used to blow litter out of toilet crevices (yes litter will end up in every crevice your toilet owns).
The only other thing I have noticed after a week's use is pee sticking to the bottom of the tray. It isn't that big of a deal but you definitely need to scrape the bottom of the tray frequently.
That is my experience so far and at this point I have rated the product a 4. I took a star off because it is definitely not perfect. It is doing exactly what it is supposed to however, you just have to hope your cat is willing to play ball.
UPDATE (Week 2): Punched out the first half ring. It is a little difficult to punch out but I don't see why there is so many complaints on this. I used a pocket knife and it took a whole 2 minutes to punch out the first hole. This didn't phase my cat so I removed the insert which left the first full ring open. So far my cat has not even batted an eyelash. She still is standing in the litter to go and has not yet aimed for the hole but hopefully that will work out naturally over time. This is still the easy part. There is a hole there but at some point the cat has to learn to stand on the toilet seat and aim for water instead of litter. We will see how it goes. Updates will continue as results come in.
UPDATE (Week 3 - Lost Count): I stayed on the last step for a very long time because the cat seemed to wait until it really had to go before it would use CittiKitti. I didn't notice it at first but she was moping around all day looking for a better spot until she couldn't take it any longer and then she used CittiKitti. Never had an accident but it took her a while to get used to it with the hole in it. But after what seems like an eternity, I saw her start going frequently so I knew she was used to it. I think she even started aiming for the hole because I saw some business go right down into the water several times. So I moved to the next step which leaves a gaping hole in the tray. Today my cat used it after sniffing around a little bit. She has 2 paws on the toilet rim and back to legs still standing on the litter but everything is hitting the hole which is so nice. I plan on staying at this point for a good while. Once she is used to this I will move on. So far the training has been completely natural and I have not had to interfere in any way. It has just taken a little time. So far so good.
UPDATE (3 months from start date): Cat finally got completely used to cittikitti. I think I finally got her to where she is actually preferring to use the toilet. Like I said previously, she was reluctantly using it but after 3 months of using cittikitti, and a good month on the same step described in week 3, she is doing awesome. I removed the next ring a few days ago which leaves nothing but a small rim of litter and a huge hole. As far as I know the cat didn't even notice the change. She just keeps using it. I really don't see why I couldn't just remove the pan outright but I am going to give it a few more weeks before I do that. I will update one more time whenever I remove the pan to let you know how it goes.