How Many Litter Boxes Should You Really Have?
Ah, one of the most common questions of new and confused cat parents!
Most of you probably already know how I met Ziggy. It was love at first sight. But like with all forms of love, we encountered hardships. This was especially true during the first few months of our relationship and after more cats came to our home. You see, while all my feline pals tend to be sweet and smell fresh, their litter box don’t.
As it turned out, my problem could have been easily solved by knowing how many litter boxes per cat I should actually have.
Cats and Litter Boxes – The Golden Ratio
When it comes to deciding how many litter boxes you must have in your house, this is what you need to remember:
(Number of cats) + 1 = Required number of litter boxes
Most cats, when properly and gradually introduced, live harmoniously and lovingly. However, being contented and able to share most things with each other doesn’t necessarily translate to being okay with sharing one litter box.
Aside from the fact that they may feel icky eliminating in a box somebody already used, a single box just doesn’t provide enough clean spots for two or more cats looking to pee or poop. This is especially the case when you’re out at work the whole day, meaning nobody’s there to clean the litter box for them.
And you know what cats do when they think the litter box is too dirty? They race toward the carpet, the dark little nooks, or, worse, your fabulous sofa to do their business. The horror!
So if you want to keep your home as clean as possible, make sure to keep the aforementioned formula at heart and provide your cats with enough litter boxes. If you have one cat, have two litter boxes. If you have two cats, then make sure you have three boxes. And so on and so forth.
3 Tips for Using Multiple Cat Litter Boxes
Already have enough litter boxes but still having troubles? Well, these might solve your problems:
Place Them in Key Areas
There’s no use having three litter boxes for two cats if you’re going to place them side by side in a single room. To your cats, that’s really just a single litter box.
What you want is to place a litter box in or near the areas where your cats often hang out. If you have a multi-level home, you also have to make sure that a litter box is available in each floor.
Personalize the Litter Box and Its Content
Sand is generally the go-to litter for human, but not all cats like it. If one of your cats is avoiding the litter box, you might want to change it to other natural options like pine, wheat, or corn. Give your cat a few weeks to get used to the new litter before deciding whether it’s a hit or a miss.
Keep Them Clean
Hey, just because you have more cat litter boxes doesn’t mean you can skip on cleaning them. Your cats are the still the fussy creatures they’ve always been and will always be. So if you’re not keen on changing litter daily, consider using charcoal filters or sprinkling baking soda at the bottom of the box to reduce the foul odor.
People always ask, “How many litter boxes per cat should I have?” But as you can see, cats aren’t only concerned about the quantity but also their placement and state of cleanliness. Keep all these things in mind, and your litter box problems will fade away.
So, how many litter boxes do you keep in your home? Do you follow the golden litter box rule? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below!