- 1.A Month Without a Dirty House
- 2.Interview With Evan Zislis
- 3.Interview with Meg Roberts, President of Molly Maid
- 4.Interview with Rebecca Rescate, Creator of CitiKitty
- 5.Butler Home Products Talks Best Cleaning Products for Your Home
During the Month Without a Dirty House challenge, I’ve been training my cat (Benedict Cumbercat) how to use the toilet. Devri and I are tired of picking up after Benny, who makes it a point to track his litter all over the house, so we thought we’d give CitiKitty a shot.
I first heard about this training process on the television show “Shark Tank,” during which entrepreneur Rebecca Rescate pitched CitiKitty, a potty-training seat for cats. This product helps our feline friends easily transition from the litter box to the toilet. I reached out to Rescate to learn more about CitiKitty.
PC: How did you first think of CitiKitty?
RR: In 2004, my husband and I moved into a tiny New York City apartment. We had no place to hide our cat’s litter box. Living in such cramped quarters with my cat, I was reminded of a family member whose cat had toilet trained himself. I quickly found myself wondering if a cat could toilet train itself, could I possibly toilet train my 11-year-old cat Samantha? I began toilet training Samantha in the fall of 2014, and in just weeks I was litter free. From the moment she perched on the toilet for the first time, I was blown away. I knew I was not the only cat owner that would want to toilet train their cat. CitiKitty had been born.
PC: Why is CitiKitty better than a traditional litter box?
RR: Cat litter is an invention from the 1950s created to help ease the management of indoor cats. A cat’s natural instinct is to cover the scent of its waste from predators. Cat litter is the option we give them to do that. Toilet training a cat relies on a cat’s instincts but uses a better alternative: water.
PC: Could you give me an overview of how CitiKitty works?
RR: You begin cat toilet training by placing the patented CitiKitty Training Seat on the rim of your toilet, lowering the lid and filling the training seat with litter. Your cat will use CitiKitty like its normal litter box. After one week, you begin removing rings from the training seat. As you do this, your cat will transition to standing on the toilet seat for support, and their waste will go into the water of the toilet. This enables a cat to realize that water covers scent better than kitty litter. The final steps of training consists of transitioning your cat away from litter by reducing the amount of litter remaining in the seat and removing the training seat altogether at the end.
PC: How long does it normally take to train the cat?
RR: This depends on the cat’s personality but, on average, five to six weeks.
PC: What advice do you have for pet owners who want to keep their home clean?
RR: Cats are easy to share a home with. Aside from a litter box, cats often do not make much of a mess around the home. But for dog owners, there are many strategies to keeping your home clean, such as well-designed feeding devices, tools to help with shedding, etc.
PC: Since you’ve been on “Shark Tank,” how has your business changed?
RR: “Shark Tank” gave me the opportunity to educate millions of cat owners around the globe on the benefits of CitiKitty and cat toilet training. Because of this, cat toilet training has grown in popularity. CitiKitty was very fortunate to be on the show.
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