There have been several conversations on this board about toilet training your cat... most people think it is not a good idea... Perhaps you should check out one of those conversations to help you out?
Thanks for the links. Timmy is 2 yrs old and 12lbs so I'm no worried about him drowning. I left the phone books in place so that he won't have to jump up to the seat. I didn't want him loosing his balance and falling from that jump up. I found another site http://www.cleankitty.com/step4.html
which suggests using the roasting pan instead of the metal mixing bowl. This is so because there's a process of making a whole in the pan which gets bigger and bigger until your cat ends up putting their paws on the seat on their own.
Anyway, if that fails then I'll suck it up and invest in the Littermaid.
If my cat had to go to a bording house (which more than likely I would leave my cat with my sister if I couldn't take him with me) I'm sure that he would be able to go in a liter box. When I brought him home, if he no longer went on the toilet then I would have to go back to the liter box. The process of training him has been a little sticky and I would not be interested in doing it again.
It is true that the toilet seat training process is a little stressful for him but not one that has him depressed or has altered his behavior. If I see anything change in him which is due to stress over the training I will stop. I'm not out to make his life difficult.
My problem with the liter is the tracking around the house. And I was told that liter is not good for pregnant women. Then I'm concerned that once the baby can walk they'll be curious to go into the liter box.
I know it's unnatural because they can't dig but I am going to stick it out a little longer. I won't push him if he refuses to do it but I won't know until I've gone through all the steps in the training.
I'll keep you posted and thanks for the concern. Timmy thanks you too.
Yesterday I bought one of those plastic "kits" and put it in the toilet. So far my girls are doing just fine. They seem to prefer having their litter box up high, and have ever since we got them. I have one "digger" and one who doesn't really seem to care. By going slowly, the kit teaches them proper foot positioning while allowing the cats privacy. I'll let you know how it works.
I think I'm going to call it quits. Today Timmy went in the tub. Gross, Gross, Gross. I think he did it b/c the whole in the pan is getting bigger and he is starting to not like it. I don't know what to do. Maybe it's too late to train him. He's a little over 2 yrs.