Hey everyone! I'm new here!
I'm looking for some advice in regards to my new living situation. A week ago I moved in with my two friends into a 3 bedroom home. My baby girl. Quinn, is almost 5 months old. Their 2 baby boys are about a week or two younger. They are getting neutered tomorrow and have started spraying a bit the last few days. My girl will be getting neutered at the end of the month and hasn't shown any signs of being in season yet.
At first things were fine, the cats integrated quickly (they met each other when they were younger) and the cats were eating and using the liter box fine.
As of the last couple of days we've been finding poop in a corner in the living room. One roommate has seen the boys clawing at the carpet in the corner. I don't think it is my female, as I saw her poop in the litter box tonight. We have an electric auto clean once an hour type box. It is located in the garage (we have a cat door to the garage which is used storage only and the big door never opens). One issue I could see is that the food is right by the box. The box has no top.
Also, one of the males, who we suspect is one of the corner poopers, peed on my bed today (I caught him in the act). He is also the resident trouble maker of the bunch.
Also some of the poop times seemed to occur when my door was closed and my cat could not come in. That being said, I would often "lock" her into my vanity room/bathroom in my last place, and no accidents happened. Also worth noting, her food and box were about 10 ft away at my last place.
I'm a bit confused mostly because for the first few days, everything was fine. Is it just the babies coming into "adulthood" or is it something else?
Right now I'm looking at putting the food and box on opposite sides of the garage and adding an odor eliminating wall flower from Bath & Body Works, most likely scented linen. The idea being to lessen the poop smell to make eating and pooping in the same room more okay for the kitties.
Ideas and advice are super welcome. We are all first time solo cat owners as we all haven't had cats since we were with our parents. We are all in our 20's.