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how many have 2 cats with 1 litterbox?

post #1 of 23
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Raven and Jack have shared 1 litterbox just fine. We used to have a jumbo pan and now we have a booda dome clean step.
How many others have 2 cats and just 1 litterbox? Does it work just fine?
post #2 of 23
I currently have 4 cats and 2 jumbo boxes. I used to have 3 boxes for them but they rarely used the third one so I put it up.

I think it just depends on the cats. If your 2 are happy with one box then go with it.
post #3 of 23
My three use one box...that I scoop twice a day. But none of mine are extremely dominant and the two kittens started sharing one when they were ~5 weeks old...so I think that helps.

I have two boxes right now (because I'm trying to switch them to FP pellets) but apparently they aren't falling for the new box, or it's pellets.

Art
post #4 of 23
I have two cats and one litterbox. We live in a small apartment so I don't think we could put another one somewhere else. I scoop once a day, at night, and it works out just fine.
post #5 of 23
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Originally Posted by mom2raven View Post
Raven and Jack have shared 1 litterbox just fine. We used to have a jumbo pan and now we have a booda dome clean step.
How many others have 2 cats and just 1 litterbox? Does it work just fine?
Yes, it works perfectly fine. In fact, we had a kitten living with us for six weeks who had her own litter box but she insisted on using the same litter box that the big cats did. So we had three using the same box!That reminds me, I need to go scoop.
post #6 of 23
We have 2 cats and one deep covered litter pan. They share it fine - no problems. However, I'll probably be getting a 2nd litter pan when Charlie's baby brother comes here (next year). I'm sure 3 cats won't want to share the same pan


Art - try mixing the litter and pellets together. Mine would not use plain pellets. But adding them a little more at a time to normal litter worked. Within a few weeks they were using the pellets without any extra litter.
post #7 of 23
Our 2 boys used to share one oversized litterbox for the both of them, it worked out fine. But since we've been heading home on the weekends more, we added another one, just because no one comes to scoop for us when we're gone & I like them to have 2. We haven't taken the 2nd one away, so now we have two
post #8 of 23
We had five cats sharing two large boxes when we lived in the RV and they were just fine, but I had to scoop a minimum of twice a day.

Laurie
post #9 of 23
4 cats and one jumbo.

They were all confined in one room.
I used WBCL and scooped 2 times.
post #10 of 23
Two adult male (neutered) cats, one large litterbox. In fact, it's a deep storage box (plastic) that I got at Wal-Mart to cut down on the scattering.

The only problem we have is that whatever cat is NOT in the box will pounce on the one just finishing using it, causing a cat race. But they seem to like it, so what's the harm?

post #11 of 23
Sorry, OT... GK- I am, pellets on bottom a mix of FP scoop and papurr on top. It's devilishly hard to clean out that way. Thanks for the rec.
Art
post #12 of 23
My 3 share one large storage container.
post #13 of 23
I have 2 boxes at home, but when I went to on a trip over the holidays and took them with me, they shared 1 box. I just made sure to clean it out twice a day.
post #14 of 23
2 cats and 1 box.

Works fine. I scoop twice a day as well.
post #15 of 23
My two cats also share large covered litter box that I scoop twice a day. No problems at all. They are both female. The only problem I have is that the minute I finish scooping along comes one of the cats to use it.
post #16 of 23
I have 3 using one large rubbermaid tub. Scooped 2x a day. 2 large rubbermaid tubs downstairs for 6.....plus two XL extra deep boxes set up for Bea, they use whichever one is in the room she isn't in currently. Scoop all 2x a day, if not 3-4x.
post #17 of 23
I have four cats and two large covered litter pans at the moment. I origionally had 5 litter pans- one for each cat plus an extra as recommeneded....however my cats never used the other 3. I slowly took away one litter pan at a time and we are down to just two now- they seem perfectly happy- since they never used the extra ones i thought it would be ok to just use two pans. I scoop daily and we don't have any problems
post #18 of 23
At the moment I have 2. One large main one and a meduim sized one that doesn't get used much. They have had only the large one before and were just fine with it. The only reason we have 2 is for if they get locked in the bedroom over night or during the day. If it matters they are a male and female, both fixed.
post #19 of 23
I have 2 cats sharing one litter box. It is the size of a bathtub though and I scoop it twice a day.
post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by deljo View Post
My two cats also share large covered litter box that I scoop twice a day. No problems at all. They are both female. The only problem I have is that the minute I finish scooping along comes one of the cats to use it.
2 indoor kittens, share large covered box too. shinobi always, always uses the box the minute i have cleaned it out. i have to scoop as soon as it's been used or else he will go elsewhere, like in my plants . he just likes a clean bathroom, nothing wrong with that!
post #21 of 23
I've always thought the old "1 per cat plus 1" rule of thumb was silly. Based on the replies to this thread I think that even more.

I wonder how many people have decided not to get an additional cat or not get a cat at all because they thought they would have to have a house full of litter boxes.

I know in some cases that number of boxes is needed but it seems to be the exception not the rule. I think people should be told that *worst case* they *may* need 1 per cat plus 1. I think that is the more accurate statement.
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by mschauer View Post
I know in some cases that number of boxes is needed but it seems to be the exception not the rule. I think people should be told that *worst case* they *may* need 1 per cat plus 1. I think that is the more accurate statement.
I follow Pam Johnson-Bennett's recommendation of 1 box per cat. So I have 2 boxes for 2 cats. Before we moved, and when Raven was still with us, we had 3 litter boxes.

I had 1 per cat plus 1 when we first adopted Stimpy. I was unsure how territorial the new cat would be. Since then we've gone to 1 per cat.
post #23 of 23
I've had up to five cats using 2 litter boxes. We're currently at 4 cats to three boxes, but that may change back down to two once I have them all switched over to the CleverCat box (very closely resembles the cut-down storage container pictured above, but which has a sturdy platform that helps my older girl get in and out of it).

Largely, I think it depends on your cats' personalities. My ex had a flame-point siamese that would NOT, under any circumstances, share a litter box. If someone else dared soil his precious box and it not be scooped before he went in there next, he'd sniff it, turn and leave and go straight for our laundry hamper. Our neighbors knew his name because they could hear me in the laundry room screaming, "OAKLEY!! BAAAAAD BOY!! NAUGHTY CAT!!" In the end, he went to a new home where he could be the only cat and we advised his new owners of his maintence requirements and that he needed to stay an only cat. The last I heard, he was doing great there with no problems what-so-ever.
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