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One litter box -- 2 cats?

aude_sapere
December 21st, 2005, 03:09 PM
In the middle of October, I adopted a kitten approximately five months old to share my home with Solomon (adopted in February 2003 at between one and two years old). I have two litter boxes, but would really like to have only one. They use the two interchangeably so I don't think "territory" would be a problem.

I do keep both clean and empty the feces at least once a day. I am presently using non-clumping clay litter. (I did try the silica beads, but found they tracked way too much. Mind you, Alexandra had a ball playing with the little balls. :) )

Is there a reason(s) why I should not use the one litter box for both?

Thanks.

a_s

CyberKitten
December 21st, 2005, 03:21 PM
The rule of thumb or the norm if you like is ONE LITTER BOX PER CAT plus one.

Many cats like to defecate in one and urinate in another and some cats hate to share. But there are more complicated reasons and this articles explains it better than I. I have 3 cats at the moment, my own and 2 fosters so I have MANY litter boxes, lol (i.e. 5) because I had 3 to start with - one upstairs and one downstairs. It will slove you potential headaches in the future. Think about if you werer asking your kitty what he wants?

http://www.catsinternational.org/articles/housesoiling/unabridged_litterbox_1.html

This is also helpful:

http://www.catsinternational.org/articles/housesoiling/prevention_of_problems.html

chico2
December 21st, 2005, 03:29 PM
I have 3 cats but only 2 boxes,however I bought large Rubbermaid storage-boxes and it's working fine,my cats seem to poop in one and pee in the other.
If space is a problem,I am sure you could get away with one box,but buy a much larger one,not one specifically made to be a litterbox.

jiorji
December 21st, 2005, 03:50 PM
I have 2 cats that share a litter box. If one doesn't do a good job covering up the other jumps in and finishes the job hehe

try it with clean litter and see what happens. All cats are different.

cpietra16
December 21st, 2005, 03:57 PM
I bought a storage box that is used for underbedstorage, They are alittle over a meter long and all three of my cats use it. They each have an area that they prefer. I guess if you lined them up side by side it would be like 31/2 litter boxes. Anyway my cats don't seem to have a problem. I have yet to see them line up to use the box. They all have their preferred time of day they use it.

aude_sapere
December 21st, 2005, 04:02 PM
I bought a storage box that is used for underbedstorage, They are alittle over a meter long and all three of my cats use it. They each have an area that they prefer. I guess if you lined them up side by side it would be like 31/2 litter boxes. Anyway my cats don't seem to have a problem. I have yet to see them line up to use the box. They all have their preferred time of day they use it.

Thanks, When one of the other posters mentioned a storage box, I thought of an under-the-bed one. I think it would be good because the sides are not too high.

Solomon and Alexandra use both boxes now for peeing and pooping. Neither one has a preference for one or the other of the boxes.

a_s

StaceyB
December 21st, 2005, 04:19 PM
They may not have a preference as to which one they use but they may have a preference as to who used it and when, how many times. Some cats won't use a dirty box and will seek out another area to use.

catsnatcher-CDN
December 21st, 2005, 04:28 PM
I have 3 cats and one large litterbox that gets cleaned every morning. I do have a spare in the closet in case I may need it one day. But it's been working for me and the cats for the last 2 years.

Also, I periodically buy a new litterbox to replace the old.

chico2
December 21st, 2005, 04:35 PM
Stacey,it goes without saying,the boxes have to be cleaned about twice a day,for your own comfort(odor)and for the cats.

cpietra16
December 21st, 2005, 05:02 PM
Yes my box gets cleaned twice a day and I use pine shavings which I find virtually odorless. I know when they used it because you get a whiff of pine. It clumps and can be flushed...:D I can't ask for a better system

CJ05
December 21st, 2005, 05:57 PM
I have 3 cats and 2 litter boxes which seems to work fine. I keep them cleaned every two days or sooner. Never had a problem but mind you every cat and household is different.

mona_b
December 21st, 2005, 10:26 PM
I have 2 cats and one litterbox.They have no problems doing both in it.And they have no problems sharing.:)

And the litter I use is Maxi...It made for those who have more then one cat using the box.And I tell you,it works great...With the others within 2 days it was starting to smell a bit.But with the Maxi,no way,no smell.:D

It gets scooped twice a day and fully cleaned once a week.

If you want to give the one box a try,then go for it.

aude_sapere
December 21st, 2005, 11:36 PM
I have 2 cats and one litterbox.They have no problems doing both in it.And they have no problems sharing.:)

And the litter I use is Maxi...It made for those who have more then one cat using the box.And I tell you,it works great...With the others within 2 days it was starting to smell a bit.But with the Maxi,no way,no smell.:D

It gets scooped twice a day and fully cleaned once a week.

If you want to give the one box a try,then go for it.

Thanks. Is it scoop or non-scoop? Where do you get it?
a_s

mona_b
December 22nd, 2005, 05:11 AM
Thanks. Is it scoop or non-scoop? Where do you get it?
a_s

Well lets just say it's not flushable.....:D

I just use the scooper thingy to scoop it up,then throw it in a little baggie.

I get mine at Pet Valu...But I have seen it in other pet supply stores.

It's in a blue bag.And on it it has 2 Orange Tabbies holding their breath....LOL

catsnatcher-CDN
December 22nd, 2005, 10:09 AM
I have 2 cats and one litterbox.They have no problems doing both in it.And they have no problems sharing.:)

And the litter I use is Maxi...It made for those who have more then one cat using the box.And I tell you,it works great...With the others within 2 days it was starting to smell a bit.But with the Maxi,no way,no smell.:D

It gets scooped twice a day and fully cleaned once a week.

If you want to give the one box a try,then go for it.

I have the one from costco for multi-cats and my house has never smelled liked litter.

aude_sapere
December 27th, 2005, 10:33 PM
I bought an under-the-bed box to use as a litter box for Solomon and Alexandra. I also found at Safeway litter that is multi-cat.

However, for the time being, I have decided to stay with two litter boxes because Alexandra has some digestive problems and poops a lot. She still has loose stools and smelly ones at that. I am working with my vet and we are trying various strategies to see if we can get this resolved.

In the meantime, Alexandra continues to be very active and gets Solomon moving around, too.

a_s

P.S. As soon as I get some photos uploaded to the Internet, I'll post the site here.

glasslass
December 28th, 2005, 09:33 AM
They may not have a preference as to which one they use but they may have a preference as to who used it and when, how many times. Some cats won't use a dirty box and will seek out another area to use.

Puss-Puss was like that. She never would use a litter box twice. I kept the box in our bathroom in the corner beside our toilet. I scooped whenever I noticed she'd used it. So many times she'd come running when she heard me in there and would watch me scoop. Immediately after she'd use it again and watch while I scooped it again. The odd sensation was when I'd sit on the throne and she'd use her box at the same time. Hubby used to laugh at the "girl bonding".

CyberKitten
December 28th, 2005, 01:01 PM
YY turned up her little uhm, nose and other shall we say tiny body parts, at a box with anything that should not be in it. So I usually clean it (when I am home) as soon as she is finished. And she does supervise the cleaning of the boxes very carefully, lol (Little diva!!) I had to laugh - a friend who has an intellctually disabled son told me today her son wanted YY on the computer as thewallpapaer - I was quite touched so I am going to make him a screensaver. YY's Greatest Hits, lol

JDG
December 28th, 2005, 02:37 PM
Marty and Minou have two boxes, but the both insist on just using the one box. . . . .I can't remember the last time the second box was even soiled!

Their 'fave' box is one of those huge covered ones with the 'flap' on the front.

We clean the box 3 times a day, once before work, once when we get home and right before bed. . . . . . .

glasslass
December 28th, 2005, 04:27 PM
Has anyone tried one of those automatic, self-cleaning litter boxes? My mom's neighbor bought one and her cats were afraid of it.

chico2
December 28th, 2005, 04:41 PM
GlassLass,I would be afraid of it:D and I am sure my cats would be..
I don't see what the big deal is to clean a litterbox,between bagging Baileys poop and my cats,I feel like a poop specialist:D

Sneaky
December 28th, 2005, 06:34 PM
I had 3 cats, and the first two would share a litter box happily,
mind you for the litter box we were using a rubbermaid tote bin lid,
cuz my one cat is way too big to use a traditional litterbox.
The new cat started using it and the orange cat was very offended.
I think because the new cat is a really stinky kitty.
So I put the regular size one beside the 75l tote bin lid and the orange cat used it exclusively.
Now I only have 2 cats, and one is an outdoor cat and one is an indoor cat.
occassionally the big cat uses the box, but not often.
I got one of those large booda igloo cat boxes, and I use the petcetera brand extra high quality litter.
I find it gets smelly very quickly though but it clumps the best and tracks the least of any I have found so far.
I used to use the Pine Litter- but after my cat tracked shi* paws through the house for the 12th time, the pine litter went bye bye.
If your house is small, try just one big box like a booda or the like. Some cats will share, others wont. In my house I barely have room for 1 box, so I made sure I got the nicest, biggest one possible.