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Old 07-23-2014, 12:39 PM   #741
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The kittens are named Mork (The Meteor) and Mindy (The Merciless). Here is Mork helping Dad with the internet, kind of.



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Old 07-23-2014, 12:44 PM   #742
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The cute is overwhelming. How old are they?
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Old 07-23-2014, 12:48 PM   #743
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4-1/2 months. Mindy is black/gray/white with a touch of tan/very light orange here and there. They are 2 of a litter of 3, with the third being a girl, ginger like Mork and bobbed tail. Mindy is a petite little thing, almost half his size, definitely half his weight, but beats her brother up like you wouldn't believe, i.e. "The Merciless." She's not in a good picture taking position right now. They are recharging their batteries for another round of tearing around the house.

They are in their third week of learning to use the toilet instead of a litter box. We decided to give it a try since they were just fascinated with flushing.

I brought them home with me from Mississippi where I was taking care of my Dad. They were about 2-1/2 weeks when I first saw them since I had come home to take care of some things for about 3 weeks and then went back for a couple of months. Mindy, as soon as she could walk, decided right away I belonged to her so I didn't have much choice as far as she was concerned. Mork took a little longer but he eventually claimed me too. They were amazing little travelers when we finally came home.
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Old 07-23-2014, 02:02 PM   #744
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What a nice story about your kitties, medtran. Mork is a beauty. Let us know how the toilet training goes, I had a friend that successfully taught her kitty to use the toilet. Amazing!
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Old 07-23-2014, 02:06 PM   #745
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Mork's Massage Service.



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Old 07-23-2014, 02:07 PM   #746
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Yes, we do really want to hear about the training to use the toilet. It's something I want to do the next time I get a cat.
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Old 07-23-2014, 02:37 PM   #747
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I bought a product called CitiKitty. It's a tray with ridged rings that fits nicely down in the toilet under the seat. It was about $30 I think and then we had to buy the flushable littler at $15 for 10 lb. Figured that wasn't too bad of an investment if I can get rid of the litter box. You start out with a decent amount of litter in the tray for at least a week until they get used to it. It's a bit of a pain to take in and out if you have to share the toilet with the kitties but we only have 1 bathroom downstairs and that's where I had initially put their littler box anyway, which had to be removed.

Anyway, after they are used to jumping up on the toilet to go, which the kittens took to right away, you wait a week and then cut the inner ring out and start using a little less litter. Trust me, you'll be using less anyway because they scratch it all out into the toilet, over the seat, etc. It's a bit messy but, again, I can GET RID of the litter box hopefully so it's bearable for a few weeks.

Each week you cut a ring out, there are 5 of them, and cut down on the litter. We're on ring 2. They are pretty much doing #1 into the toilet now since they always gravitated toward the center anyway, and we get a few #2's in there as well. We've had 3-4 accidents, once cause I hadn't gotten the wet litter cleaned out before the next time somebody wanted to use it. Once for sure since I witnessed it was because they both wanted to use the potty at the same time and Mork basically used his size to knock Mindy off and out of his way. Once because a human was occupying it and Mork needed to go. I think there was 1 other time but it was in the middle of the night so... At least the accidents were in the bathroom next to the toilet on tile flooring so they were easy to clean. I think they are doing pretty good, at least as good as a human toddler being potty trained.

Oh, if you do get the CitiKitty product, it also includes a bag of catnip that you are supposed to use to entice them up to the toilet. DO NOT use this unless you want a HUGE mess to clean up. Mork went bonkers and there was litter EVERYWHERE! At least it hadn't been used yet and was clean.
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Great! Best of luck with it. It sure will make life simpler. I have seen the CityKitty thingee, as well as other brands of similar. It's nice to read about a specific product.
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Old 07-23-2014, 03:24 PM   #749
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This is the closest appropriate thread I could find for this heart warming short video...(it does have dogs and some cats in it)

Faith In Humanity Restored Compilation Animals Edition - YouTube
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Old 07-23-2014, 05:09 PM   #750
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Adorable kitties Craig! If you end up deciding to not keep them (fat chance there ) our daughter and I will take them off your hands.


*sigh* Our immediate family is another cat short. Our daughter's remaining kitty (and her first of her own) died a couple days ago. Mystic wasn't looking good when we stayed with Loverly earlier this month. Loverly said that Mystic had pretty much stopped eating after Dan died and she figured poor Mystic was so lonely she was slowly dying of a broken heart. RIP sweet kitty.
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