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What kind of litter is better for two cats?

post #1 of 17
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Im in a delema, should my two cats share a litter, and if so.. what litter is best. Right now i use Maxx scoop multi cat litter with health gaurd or something... im not sure if thats good or not.
post #2 of 17
The general rule of thumb is that if you have 2 cats you have 3 litter pans. We have 2 cats and we have 2 litter pans and they both use both pans.

We use World's Best Cat Litter and we like it as it isn't dusty and is made from corn so if they ingest any, it's not a problem.
post #3 of 17
All cats are different, and have different preferences for their litter situation. I have two, and they share two litter pans. You have to determine what they prefer. I would follow the rule of thumb - a pan for each cat plus one more - and monitor the use of each pan. If you find they are not using one of the pans you can take it away. As for litter, that should be a combination of your and your cats preferences. World's Best is good, but pricey. I've been using Yesterday's News, and that seems to work well for me. You have to experiment with different kinds.
post #4 of 17
I think litter is a matter of your prefernce & your cats prefence. I have two kitties. There is one litter pan upstairs, one downstairs in my bedroom & a back-up pan in the hallway(covered) that they rarely use, but it is still there.

I am currently using Swheat, but I am not happy with the stink coveragae it has. The poo's "after affects" are very long lasting. I switched to Tidy Cats small spaces in my bedroom so it doesn't smell as bad in such a small space. I used Yesterday's News for awhile, but I found that Feline Pine covers the smell better. My cousin is a vet & she recommended that I get 3 types of litter & put a different kind in each litter pan. Then you can see what your cat likes best.
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by Yosemite
The general rule of thumb is that if you have 2 cats you have 3 litter pans. We have 2 cats and we have 2 litter pans and they both use both pans.

We use World's Best Cat Litter and we like it as it isn't dusty and is made from corn so if they ingest any, it's not a problem.
well, i have 3 cats & 2 pans, but they don't seem to mind. i use tidy cats small spaces - the granules are larger so it's not quite as dusty as some clumping clay litters. since i have littermaids, i use clumping litters. arm & hammer is a good one, too.
post #6 of 17
I tried doing natural litters, and it didn't help for odor control. I use Fresh Step Clay litter, it doesn't track as much [and when it does it isn't all over] and it has extremely good odor control.
post #7 of 17
I like scoopable and have 4 favorite brands. Tidy cats is the least dusty but doesn't clump as well as the others. The scents are okay, but they don't do much for poo odor. It is cheap if you buy it on sale, in bulk, and look for coupons. Arm & Hammer is the best clumping, smells okay, but usually kinda expensive compared to the other supermarket brands. I usually buy it on sale. Probably the best litter overall. I don't care for the smell of Fresh Step, but it works well. Very good odor control though. I have a box in my pantry, and the dust gets on my can goods and you can faintly smell it- bleah. I also like the paw point rewards- you can get free litter. I also like petsmart exisquicat, the price is right, and it works okay. Just a bit dusty when you pour it.
the scooping brands i have tried that i hate: Tidy cats small spaces- smell is gross, over priced, and doesn't clump that well. Scooples- I have never seen so much dust in my life. It coated my glasses! Cat's pride scoopable- bad.
I havent tried the more expensive brands except for sweat scoop- it just wasn't my thing, and when it was wet it was gummy. I have a few boxes of fresh step pine- maybe this will improve my luck with smell.
post #8 of 17
Just a quick note - IMO the more expensive litters last longer so end up costing less in the long term and are worth the extra you pay.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by Yosemite
Just a quick note - IMO the more expensive litters last longer so end up costing less in the long term and are worth the extra you pay.


I am now using Natural harmony it is like feline pine( smaller and not as smelly) with alfalfa added ( great odur control) ... b3est part I get it at the grocery store and its 4-6 bucks for 20lbs ... I used three bags in 1 month with two jumbo boxes and a small box
post #10 of 17
I've always been told that more than one litter box is confusing for cats. We use feline pine and love it. =)
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by olskoolnodoubtr
I've always been told that more than one litter box is confusing for cats. We use feline pine and love it. =)
I don't think you'll find anyone here who will agree with that statement. I know our 2 really like to have their choice of boxes and I believe (from the folks here who have far more knowledge and experience than I) that cats often do not like to pee and poop in the same place. I often find in our litters that they are peeing in one and both pooing in the other so I guess they must be right.

The veterans here also suggest if you have a very young kitten, to place several shallow litters in various area as they sometimes can't hold it until they get to an only litter box (somewhat like small children who don't have the control we adults do).
post #12 of 17
We use a natural based clumping clay litter. The cats seem to prefere this sort. In fact if we even try using another sort, Shadow refuses to use the kittie tray. The clay sort is easy to clean up, but does'nt help control the stink.
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by Anya
We use a natural based clumping clay litter. The cats seem to prefere this sort. In fact if we even try using another sort, Shadow refuses to use the kittie tray. The clay sort is easy to clean up, but does'nt help control the stink.
I stopped using clay litter when Bijou was a baby. He started coughing from the dust and I later learned that the dust, if inhaled, will draw moisture from their bodies and form clumps which can kill them. It made sense to me since the clay is drawing the moisture in the litter tray. I switched at that point to SwheatScoop which was corn but found it dusty. We finally switched to Worlds Best and I'm very happy with it.
post #14 of 17
i Use a mix of Arm & Hammer for multi cats, and Tidy Cats Small Spaces, works great at clumping, and Great stink control.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by olskoolnodoubtr
I've always been told that more than one litter box is confusing for cats. We use feline pine and love it. =)
I have 4 cats and 5 litter boxes in 4 different locations in my home. I have 3 styles of box- the covered tidy cats box, the booda dome, and cheapo vanness pans. Three of the four cats I've had since they were young kittens. I have never had a problem with anyone being confused about the litter. All five of them get used, some more than others.
post #16 of 17
Two of my cats have asthma, and clay-based litter really makes it worse. I've used a number of different natural litters over the years. I never liked Swheat Scoop...it gets too sticky. Yesterday's News is great if you don't want a scoopable litter. Papurr Scoop was pretty good. Several months ago, after reading recommendations from a number of people here, I tried World's Best. I love it! It has WAY better odor control than any of the other natural litters I've tried and, even though it's more expensive, it does seem to last a long time. My cats like it, too, and it even works in our Littermaid boxes.
post #17 of 17
I'm also going to put my vote in for World's Best. I've tried many different litters and I like it the best. It doesn't track as badly as others, had good odour control and is flushable. I have two cats and two litter pans.
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