How do I keep my cat from dropping his toys into the toilet so he can fish them out?
December 6, 2010 4:11 PM Subscribe
My cat recently started entertaining himself by putting his toys in the toilet. How do I make him stop?
posted by roomwithaview to pets & animals (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My girlfriend and I welcomed into our apartment a one-year-old cat from the Humane Society this past summer. He's been really sweet and seems quite happy (especially when it's time for his dinner). He has tolerated our attempts to toilet-train him, and we had progressed to the point where he was comfortable with the idea of aluminum roasting pans with half of the bottom cut out resting in the toilet bowl.
Then, right after Thanksgiving, our little guy conceived of a new game for himself. He began to drop his toys in the toilet and then circle around the toilet seat, trying to fish them out of the water with his paws. He started with his favorite toys, and then when we had washed those and put them away to dry, moved on to the rest of his toy collection. He generally just does one at a time. We replaced the cut-out roasting pan with a new pan with a full bottom so that his toys will no longer drop into the water, but he seems just as enthusiastic about dropping toys into the pan.
I've heard of cats that like to fish stuff out of hard-to-reach places, but this is a bit over the top. It doesn't seem very sanitary and I'd like to put the kibosh on it without making the cat hate us. We've only got the one bathroom, and it's the only place he does his business (we'd like to continue with the toilet training as well) so we can't really cut off access to it. How do we redirect his fishing instincts to more proper channels?