Re: Toilet flushing cat
posted at 8/4/2010 1:01 PM EDT
Does Cat use the bathroom for a litterbox? such that you do not want to exclude kitty or frighten kitty in that room?
We had short term custody of a spaniel while it's owner had surgery, recovery rehab. Nice, smart dog, and a ROYAL PITA.
He was trained to be a physical assistant for a person with limited use of 1 hand, who was most often in a wheelchair.
While she was hospitalized, aside from going room to room, making pitiful noises, Spenser started all this attention getting stuff.
The whole gamut of trained tricks. He would strip our beds, chuck each sheet and blanket 1 at a time into the laundry bag, then sit on the bed and ruff ruff til we came. While at work 1 time, he unmade 9 guest and regular beds in one afternoon - my mom was fit to be tied. Down the hall in the laundry room, he had pulled the baskets off a low shelf and filled them all.
Used to opening cabinet doors and drawers by pulling with his paws, so owner could reach in with a grabbit tool, back her chair away, and him then shutting doors - he emptied every lower kitchen and pantry cabinet onto the floor when Mom and Dad were out having iced tea with neighbors one evening. Sat there real proud, tail wagging and going ruff, ruff in the most engaging way, while my parents tried hard not to laugh. My friend's dog, so I got to clean the mess- otherwise they would have been upset.
And, 2-3 times a day, toilet flushing. Each bathroom. We had 5. And had swing doors with auto-levers. Spenser had been trained to hit small wall and floor mounted push levers that operate electric doors for the handicapped, as well as his own doggie door.
You had to be there. We figured out for ourselves, everything but the toilets, since he would come in through a hall or bedroom and flush -AHH scalding someone in the shower!
I called the program trainer who was then working in Stowe. He said, Spenser, like a cat
, would rarely reach up and under
things to operate them, but would continue to bat or push or pull at something that did not work, until the behavior extinguished itself. So we did as he said for the toilets, and cut sections of an old bathmat, about 8 inches wide and duct taped it to the tank back, so it hung forward over the flush lever by 7-8 inches. We would reach up under to flush, dog would push at the furry rubber backed mat and get nothing. Simple, but it worked.
For the other problems, all our bedrooms had lever handles, so there are to this day little drill holes on every door frame where hook and eye latches were added, and all kitchen cabinets down low had hardware removed. But the bathrooms had been a puzzle.
Now in his 15th year of service, loyal and loving, to one grateful owner.