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How many litter boxes?

post #1 of 22
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Does anyone think that there is such a thing as having too many litter boxes? I have 6 right now for my 6 cats. But I was wondering if I should put one in my bedroom just incase the babies have to go potty bad while they are in my room.

What do you guys/gals think?
post #2 of 22
Where do you have all your boxes? I have heard some people say 1 box plus 1/2 for each cat...personally, we have always done fine on one box per 2 cats...If I had a huge house, sure, but I don't want potties in every room of the house.
post #3 of 22
I have one per cat and they're indoor/outdoor. No problem here. Joji who loves to stay in my bedroom (no litterbox there) will insist on going out when she needs to do her business.
post #4 of 22
I have 2 boxes for 3 cats. I have thought about another box for in my bedroom or in the hallway just becaue we have had a few no no's in the bedroom b4.
post #5 of 22
We have two boxes for two kitties...but they're right next to each other...they use one for number one, and another for number two...go figure!

I've thought about getting one of those wicker-covered hutch things to put in our bedroom, but we've never had any problems, so I figure if it aint broke don't fix it.
We're house hunting right now for a bigger place, and when we move I'll probably get another one since there'll be more space.
post #6 of 22
At least one litter box for each cat if not more. I have 2 cats and 2 litter boxes. One is bigger than the other and the cats seem to prefer it more, if I had more room I would add another litter box, but don't have the room in a apt. I think it may depend on your cats. Some cats can share litter boxes just fine, but others want their privacy. If you have lots of guests it would be great to put a litter box in a out of the way place and if your cats are always in your bedroom, maybe a litter box is a good idea. Dr Foster and Smith sells these great covers for boxes. it is a wooden box with carpet in different colors and it has a small opening in the front for the cats. You lift the lid to clean it. It looks really neat.
post #7 of 22
i have a covered up litter box, basically it is just like a large cat carrier but instead of the door on the front it has a cat flap, you can buy them in all different colours.
at the moment i have it in the kitchen since it looks better than having an open litter tray, it seems more hygenic since it is the place we prepare food, but i would quite happily have it in my bedroom too,,,you can hardly tell it is a litter tray and it also keeps the smell in.
i bought mine for about £15 , not sure what that is in $
post #8 of 22
I too have 6 cats & 6 boxes. I think the key is to space the boxes apart enough and give the cats 'options' to choose which box will work for them and if you have a multi-level home, spread the boxes out; some on each floor, etc.

I have 3 in the basement, spread out; one in the main floor (laundry room) and 2 upstairs. So far it's worked out great!
post #9 of 22
I have three for two cats... likely adding a fourth since a few I want to potty in this box right now have happened..
post #10 of 22
when i got my daughters kitten the vet gave me a pamphlet that said 2 litter boxes for 1 cat and an additional box for each extra cat, but i have 3 cats, and 2 boxes, and we do fine
post #11 of 22
I have 2 covered boxes (for 1 cat), one is in my bathroom under my vanity, and the other is under my sink in the laundry room. She only uses the one in my bathroom.
post #12 of 22
I have two cats and two boxes in my one bedroom apartment. Before I moved, I had three boxes, but I lived in a two-bedroom, two-level townhouse. My boyfriend and his folks have five cats, and I think they have three litterboxes. The only issues they had were with the FLUTD cat who had crystals.
post #13 of 22
I have one box per cat, so I have four litter boxes. One in the bedroom, one in the bathroom and two in the living room where they hang out most of the time.
post #14 of 22
I read just today in a pet health article in a magazine that you should have 2 litter boxes for the first cat and one more for each cat after the first. So if you had 3 cats, you should have 4 litter pans. I have 3 cats and 4 litter pans.
post #15 of 22
well, i have 2 cats, & 2 pans, but they mostly just use 1 of the pans. i have to clean it (empty the receptacle) every couple of days. the other only needs emptying every couple of months!
post #16 of 22
I think it all depends on your cats. When we got our two cats we really didn't have anyone tell us what to do so we got one tiny litter tray and they used it for a year with no problems. Then as they got bigger we graduated to this very huge covered litter box. It works well, we have never had any accidents and they are so used to sharing everything. In fact, Toby never covers up his messes so when he is done in the litterbox Max just marches in there and covers it up for him.
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by TigerAmy
I think it all depends on your cats. When we got our two cats we really didn't have anyone tell us what to do so we got one tiny litter tray and they used it for a year with no problems. Then as they got bigger we graduated to this very huge covered litter box. It works well, we have never had any accidents and they are so used to sharing everything. In fact, Toby never covers up his messes so when he is done in the litterbox Max just marches in there and covers it up for him.
I agree, mine do the same thing. I see many others have more than one box but the cats choose to use a certain one anyway.....I just don't see the need for 1-2 boxes PER cat when everyone does fine on 2 and actually chooses one over the other. You can have just as much of a *health issue* with one dirty box...having 2 per cat doesn't help their health if they are dirty too.

Of course as mentioned before, we sift them out twice a day...I just cannot fathom having 6 or more boxes...the cats know where it is, just like me and my 5 other family members know where one of the two toilets are...no need for 6
post #18 of 22
We have five litter boxes in our house. One in Benja's room, one for Muffin and her son Lonestars pen. One for Sophie and her kittens and two litter boxes in the Cat room, for one cat and two kittens. Elmo doesn't use a litter box he goes toilet outside.
post #19 of 22
I have 3 cats and 2 litter boxes. They rarely use the 2nd one.
post #20 of 22
I ahve 4 kitties and I have 2 litterbpxes.. one very large one. I scoop it many times a day so its mostly always clean. We live in a small aprtment currently and there isn't room for anymore boxes, if we had more room I would most likely put one or two more litterboxes.
post #21 of 22
2 cats 1 huge little box, I had two boxes but they only like to use 1, they don't even touch the other one! I don't understand, it's the same litter and all, I even tried to put some messy litter on the other box but it never works, they just like the one's they've had since they were babies.
post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by 5catsandcountin
I agree, mine do the same thing. I see many others have more than one box but the cats choose to use a certain one anyway.....I just don't see the need for 1-2 boxes PER cat when everyone does fine on 2 and actually chooses one over the other. You can have just as much of a *health issue* with one dirty box...having 2 per cat doesn't help their health if they are dirty too.

Of course as mentioned before, we sift them out twice a day...I just cannot fathom having 6 or more boxes...the cats know where it is, just like me and my 5 other family members know where one of the two toilets are...no need for 6
Well, it's not so much a health issue from my perspective, as some cats will not go in a box another cat has gone in. And cats (such as my silly Peaches) won't go pee in the box she poops in and visa versa! I don't know how but she seems to have the other two cats trained that came after her! But if two cats will go in the same box and one can keep up with it, then that's great also! I think anymore then 2 cats with one box is a stretch and not fair to the cats. I also scoop my boxes out twice a day. Peaches won't use a dirty litter pan! She's such a picky princess!
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