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How many litter boxes do you need?

How many litter boxes do you need?

If you wake up one morning and find out your cat pees on your beautiful carpet... Don't get mad, your cat might need another toilet!

The 1+1 rule

Veterinarians agree that the best is getting 1+1 litter boxes per cat. The general rule is to get for one box per cat, plus one extra “household” box. For example, if you have 2 cats, the best is having 2+1=3 litter boxes in the house. This rule makes sure that each cat could claim its own toilet. Even if they don’t mind sharing, it is a safe choice to have an extra litter box in the case that your cats need to use the toilet at the same time and the preferred one is occupied.

When you have only one cat, the ideal case is to have two litter boxes. However, we understand that probably it is not practical to have two litter boxes around, especially when you live in an apartment. In this case, make sure the litter box is set up at a convenient place and can be easily accessed for your cat. If your home is on the larger side, and especially if you have multiple floors, it is definitely better to have an extra litter box for your cat. Just like us, your cat prefers to have a litter box easily reachable than to walk all the stairs before reaching that place to have the business done. It is certainly possible that your cat is fine with one litter box. However, when your cat has misbehaves, you should be aware that it might be because that there are too few litter boxes.

What are the signals that your cats need more litter boxes or a bigger litter box?

Spraying the sides or walls around the box: 

When you have a covered litter box, this is most like to happen. Cats are territorial. They don’t like to share territory and this is the way your cat is telling others to “keep out” of its litter box. You will find your cats spraying against the sidewalls and around the entrance area. This is the situation you would try to avoid and you probably need another litter box or a bigger litter box.

Cats also don’t like confrontation, it can cause a lot of stress to cats. When it happens, cats will have spraying behavior or urine marking to communicate about territory or something else to the others in order to avoid the confrontation.

Leaving pee or poop uncovered: 

If your cat suddenly stops burying his urine or feces, it could also a signal of too few litter boxes. That is the way to tell other cats to stay away from its litter box. When a cat control access to litter boxes and prevent the other cats from using them, it could cause conflict and stress to the cats.

Urinating inappropriately around the house:

If it is not for medical reasons and your cat changed behavior to leave the urine or feces in an unexpected place or even on your couch or furniture. It may be your cat is trying to send you a strong message that it’s not happy with the litter box and it needs another one or a bigger one.

It is very important to have enough litter boxes for your cats’ health and happiness. How many litter boxes do you have?

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