Are you the proud owner of several cats? If that’s the case, there are a few things that need to be done in order to make them feel comfortable in your home. One of which is essential for their well being (and yours)! You need to provide multiple cats with an adequate number of litter boxes.
Boxes, you said? Did you think 2 cats could share a litter box? It might not be that simple! Let’s discover together how many litter boxes you need depending on how many cats you have.
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Why Multiple Cats Need More Than 1 Litter Box
Multiple cat households should have more than one litter box for several reasons.
Territorial/Behavioral Issues Can Stem from 2+ Cats Sharing 1 Litter Box
One litter box for two cats? It is possible but does not really suit your feline companion’s true nature. Cats are territorial creatures.
You can see it in the way they behave on a daily basis: when they scratch their scratching post (or your couch) for example, they are leaving their mark and showing who is the king of the palace.
Well, it goes the same when they go potty! If you have been living with a cat for a certain time and decide to bring in a new companion, even though they might get along just fine during the day, they might have trouble sharing the litter box.
The dominant one could even viciously block any access to the other poor little one, resulting in some not so pleasant surprises in inappropriate places in your home.
Also Read: My Cat Peed on My Bed: What Does It Mean?
2+ Litter Boxes = Less Mess and Odor
The amount of excrement in the litter box increases proportionally to the number of cats!
Which means for two cats, you will have twice the amount of pee/poop. If you only have one litter box, it might be very difficult to stay on track and keep this one box clean enough for them to use it at their ease. They might go elsewhere and I’m pretty sure you want to avoid that at all costs!
Having several boxes is just super convenient. It gives you some more time to clean the litter boxes before it becomes saturated and creates some traffic (poop) jam in the litter box.
With several boxes, you can leave your home knowing that your cats will have enough litter space to do their business during the day.
Do Self-Cleaning Litter Boxes Help for Multiple Cats?
Ah! You almost got me. Well, using a self-cleaning litter box does help remove waste more often, resulting in a cleaner litter box overall. But it still does not really solve the problem.
A self-cleaning litter box does not eliminate 100% of the waste odor, meaning it will always leave a territorial smell showing that another cat has been using it.
And like I said, if one of the cat is very territorial, he might wait and hide in the corner to terrorize the other one approaching the litter box. Do them a favor, put several litter boxes throughout your home.
The Golden Number of Litter Boxes for 2+ Cats
It’s a simple rule of thumb that guarantees maximum success. First of all, having one litter box per cat is a good start as it provides a choice for them. It also solves the problem of territoriality. The dominant one will not be able to guard both litter boxes at the same time.
Adding an extra box is a simple precaution that makes it even better for your cats. If it’s more convenient, you have more chances to avoid kitty litter problems, especially if you have a big house, it’s good to have several litter boxes in different rooms.
Check the advice of a pro, Dr. Justine Lee says it all in this quick video:
Where Should I Put Each Litter Box?
The litter boxes should be set pretty far from one another, it would otherwise make no difference for your cat.
Place one in a room and the other one in another room on the other side of your home.
As for the third one, try to find a place in between. (I know it might not be that easy if your place is small, just try to do your best).
The overall choice for the right place for a litter box is pretty straight forward. It needs to be:
- Private (safe and quiet)
- Away from food/water
Respect those 4 rules and you will ensure happy cats and a clean house!
The Best Cat Litter Box for Multiple Cats
Whether you have one or several cats, it’s always hard to find the right product for them. If you have several cats, you could choose any of these simple plastic litter boxes.
As long as it is a reasonable size depending on the size of your cat, a plastic litter box should do the trick! There are even plastic litter boxes that use 95% or more of recycled plastic!
Also Read: How to Reduce Your Cat’s Carbon Paw Print
Final Thoughts: Can 2 Cats Share a Litter Box
Some people might not encounter any problems with their cats sharing a litter box. Just know that every cat is different and circumstances may vary and affect your cat’s behavior.
Two cats adopted together at a young age might have no problem at all sharing the very same litter during their whole life. However, the litter box will still fill up quickly which be overwhelming for you to clean every day, and not to mention the odor of cat pee on top of cat pee.
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What do you think? Do you have several cats? How many litter boxes do you have?