During research, few owners complained about toileting issues. Most appreciated that puppies and kittens required more work than older animals. Cats, in particular, were seen as very clean. In fact, when it comes to cats, the key toileting strategy was provision of kitty litter trays, employed by 76%. For just over half of pet owners, the pet had access to an outdoor space whenever they needed it (53%). Only 19% of dog owners toileted their dogs before and after work, and 6% had artificial grass or some form of pet loo to use for toileting.
Other strategies included providing multiple (for example 3 – 4) short “toilet walks” per day or providing a safe pee spot at night (such as a pee mat, pet loo or artificial grass).
In the downsizing with pets section we provide tips to help you modify your pet’s toilet training when you’re moving to smaller premises. In the crate training section we provide information on the benefits of confining puppies to a safe, secure space.