There are lots of things that come with adopting a cat: choosing a name, rigorous playtime, routine feedings, and all the cuddles and purrs. Then, there’s the litter box.
Litter boxes are unavoidable. Usually, your cat discovers the box and uses it with precision. But sometimes, they miss—by a long shot—and piddle on your carpet, your clothes, or your rug.
Rancid. Vile. Odious. This is not an understatement when your cat urinates outside the litter box. That’s known as litter box avoidance, which can be symptomatic of a serious medical issue, sudden household stress, or chronic anxiety.
Luckily, once your vet rules out health problems, guiding your cat back to the litter box isn’t complicated. And you don’t have to battle this sticky situation alone. Follow the seven simple litter box tips below and dig yourself out of the hellacious hole.
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Litter box rules for multiple cats
Litter box ambush is one of the leading causes of pee outside the litter box. Some cats will claim ownership of a box and guard it so that no other cat can use that box. If you have multiple boxes, it will be impossible for your territorial cat to guard them all at once and everyone will have a place to do their business without fear of being attacked.
For every level in your home you should have a litter box so that your cat never has to go very far. This is particularly true when you have kittens who haven’t learned to climb the stairs yet or an older cat who moves slow.
Cats smell everything
Cats have an acute sense of smell. And if a box smells too much of another cat, or is dirty, they may not use it. Multiple litter boxes keep odor in check.
No co-mingling of poop and cat pee
Some cats don’t like to pee and poop in the same box. It’s that simple. Multiple litter boxes practically guarantee there will always be one clean box available when nature calls.
It’s all about location
The litter box needs to be in a quiet convenient location. Not located off in the back woods equivalent of your home, also known as the garage or a closet or that extra weird room in the basement that nobody ever visits. Placing boxes throughout the house means kitty will never be too far away when they need to do their business and you won’t forget to clean them.
Learn more:Stop Litter Box Stress With 3 Easy Tips
Keeps your house cleaner
Generally, you should scoop litter boxes twice per day and clean them entirely once per month. Not everyone can run around with a poop scooper all day so having multiple boxes means that no box will ever get too full. Even distribution of the load minimizes a concentration of smell emanating from one litter box.
Cater litter box to preferences / personalize
Like humans, cats have preferences. In a multi cat household, different cats might like different litter substrates or they might prefer different locations. Multiple boxes offer the ability to cater to your cat’s needs.
See related:Tips to Combat Cat Hair and Clean Your Home
The truth is, cats really aren’t that complicated. They’re territorial. They’re habitual. And they need to feel safe in their space. And it’s these reasons why it’s absolutely critical to have more than one litter box, even if you only have one cat.
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