Being a cat owner, or owned by a cat as they see it, can be absolutely wondrous! The cuddles, attitudes and vigorous play time prevents dull and boring days. The only downside is the litterbox- a stinky, messy monster that lurks in the shadows.
Having multiple cats and limited supply litter boxes, is a disaster waiting to happen, and it won’t be a pretty one at that. But fear not, as there are easy solutions to preventing drama at kitty potty.
When you have Multiple Cats, have Multiple Boxes
If you have a small herd of pretty cats you need to make sure everyone will have their own private potty for when they all suddenly need to go. It’s like going to a concert and needing to use the dunny, but every single one of them has a huge line. There’s suddenly lots of dancing, but not to the music.
Petsho mentions to provide at least one self cleaning litter box per cat to avoid the consequences of someone feeling the need to do their business outside the litter boxes. You should also make sure the litter boxes are not all crammed into the same space- no one likes that awkward talker in the bathroom stalls.
Keeping the boxes spread out will give everyone some privacy, and prevent litter from flying when there’s a disagreement about proper potty etiquette. It will also prevent any territorial tendencies if you have a more dominant mannered cat.
Provide different Styles of litter boxes
Some cats like to be hidden and enclosed- almost as if ashamed to be seen doing such a deed- or just seriously don’t want to feel like they’re being watched (unlike what they do to you when you’re doing your business!).
An enclosed litter box will help insecure cats feel safe and comfortable, preventing them from finding other enclosed spaces to use as the potty, like a closet full of clothes.
Change the Litter
If your cat suddenly stops using her potty and is doing business in a different area, then she might be telling you that her box is not clean enough. Cats do not like being dirty, and if they feel their box is not clean enough to comfortably do business in, they’ll take it elsewhere. So make sure it’s cleaned every other day.
Another thing to check is if the litter sticks to her delicate paws too much and in between her toes. You may need to decrease the amount of litter you put in, or change your litter completely with something else. Some clumping litters will cause feces to stick to their paws when trying to cover it up, or will cling to the fur when urinated on and walked over. Experiment with different litters to find the best match for you and kitty.
Don’t give Up! Keep Trying!
Litter box frustrations can be difficult, but being aware of what your cat likes, dislikes and is comfortable with will help prevent litter box complications- keeping you both happy and comfortable.