How Many Litter Boxes Should I Have?
You just took your two children to the animal shelter to pick up a new kitty. Each child insists that they want their own cat. They promise you that they will take care of it. What does this mean? It means two new kitties for you. The shelter operator advises you that it is, “buy two get one free day”. You happily walk out with your three new kitties to add to the one you already have. You probably should stop by the pet store and get one extra litter box since you now have four cats. How many litter boxes should I have?
Did you know that there is a litter box rule? You should make sure that you have plenty of litter boxes for your cat(s). Rule of thumb; you should have one litter box per cat plus one. What does this mean? It is quite simple:
1 cat = 2 litter boxes
2 cats = 3 litter boxes
3 cats = 4 litter boxes
4 cats = 5 litter boxes
5 cats = 6 litter boxes
How would you like to live in a house with four teenagers and one bathroom? You probably would not like that at all! Image how your kitty feels sharing one (or two) litter boxes with three other cats. To help eliminate accidents outside the box or worse, somewhere far away form the box, you need to be sure that the boxes are proportionate to how many cats you have.
Did you know that cats like to do different stuff in different boxes? If you have ever noticed while cleaning or scooping the litter box you might have discovered that your kitty chooses to poop in one corner and pee in another; hence why you should have more then one box. Also, in multiple cat households, you run the risk of one cat ambushing another while they are trying to take care of business. Multiple litter boxes on various levels and rooms in your home is a good idea to prevent accidents. Having enough litter boxes proportional to the number of your cats is vital in preventing ruined furnishings, hurt feelings, and unhappy cats.