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Question about 3 litter boxes

heidiho
May 30th, 2009, 06:16 PM
Totally forgot vet also told me to get a third litter box.....WHY??? If i have two cats two litter boxes why a third??

onster
May 30th, 2009, 10:17 PM
ummm to be honest im not sure why, but I do know its the general rule followed (for multiple cats its always the number of cats + one box).

heidiho
May 30th, 2009, 10:23 PM
but they have no issues with litter box.no one pooping on floor or whtever.so what is the basis of this rule

pattymac
May 30th, 2009, 10:23 PM
that's what I've always done, mind you right now I have 2 cats and 4 litter boxes! And they use all of them..of course! It seems they like to have a choice.

sugarcatmom
May 30th, 2009, 10:31 PM
Totally forgot vet also told me to get a third litter box.....WHY??? If i have two cats two litter boxes why a third??

There is a general rule, space permitting, that there should be one box per cat, plus one extra. Ideally, the boxes are located in a couple different areas of the house. Some cats don't like to defecate and urinate in the same box, and some don't like going in a box that already has something in it. It just gives them more options, along the lines of how a cat in the "wild" would behave.

More on litter box stuff:
http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/inappro-elim3.html
How many litter boxes do I need in my home?

The number of litter boxes needed depends on the number of cats, the size of the home, the temperament of the cat, and other pets in the home. When there are multiple cats, multiple pans should be available in different locations, not all side-by-side in one place. Because there can be varied interactions between individuals, multiple boxes in multiple locations allow house-mates to avoid one another if they so choose. Even for only one cat, two boxes may be appropriate depending on the layout of the home and the individual preferences of the cat. Some cats prefer one box for urine and one for stool. Some physical limitation may prevent a cat from climbing stairs and so a box in the location the cat frequents is needed. In general, there should be at least one litter box per cat, and some behaviorists advise one more box than the number of cats in the house.

http://www.catinfo.org/litterbox.htm
Number of Boxes and Location:

The number and location of the litter boxes are very important issues. Many cats will not use a litter box if it has been used by another cat. In addition, some cats prefer to urinate in one box and defecate in another. Also, a common cause of inappropriate elimination stems from a more dominant cat blocking the pathway to the litter box. The more passive/timid cat is forced to look elsewhere for a bathroom. In this situation it is critical to have enough boxes in ‘safe’ areas to minimize the potential for problems. Don't put all of the litter boxes in the same spot if you have a bully cat that may be blocking a timid cat from the box. Place the boxes in quiet, low traffic areas. The laundry room is often not a suitable place due to the noise from the washer and dryer and has led to many litter box aversion cases. Also, it is best to not place litter boxes near the cat’s eating area.

heidiho
May 30th, 2009, 10:32 PM
But if they r not having issues why do it??im not getting it

sugarcatmom
May 31st, 2009, 12:22 AM
But if they r not having issues why do it??im not getting it

Just because they aren't having issues doesn't mean they wouldn't prefer it if they had more options. Many cats just grin-and-bear circumstances that aren't quite to their standards. I've seen way to many situations where a cat's litter box is constantly filthy and yet they continue to use it, uncomplaining. Doesn't mean they like it. I'm not saying that's the way it is at your place, I'm just pointing out that for some cats, the negative aspects of their litter box arrangements have to pretty extreme before they resort to finding another location. It's probably not crucial for you to add a box, but what would it hurt to try? (unless you absolutely have no where to put it)

heidiho
May 31st, 2009, 11:04 AM
my mom is getting it today,do i show both cats new litter box,or let them see it when they see it..

sugarcatmom
May 31st, 2009, 12:11 PM
my mom is getting it today,do i show both cats new litter box,or let them see it when they see it..

I would let them find it, but maybe put a piece of poop from the other boxes in it so they get the hint.

heidiho
May 31st, 2009, 12:25 PM
k. thank you

rainbow
May 31st, 2009, 12:56 PM
Good luck, Heidi :fingerscr :goodvibes: