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Number of Boxes &
Location   •   Size   •   Litter   •   Cleanliness


The general rule of thumb for the number of litter boxes is one box per cat, plus an extra box. Translated, this means one cat should have two boxes, two cats should have three boxes, and so forth. If it is possible to have two boxes per cat, even better.


It is important to provide your cat with a place to eliminate in a location where she feels safe and comfortable. Choose a peaceful area where she won’t be startled and that provides privacy. Ergo, the laundry room where the spin cycle or dryer buzzer can erupt and startle her out of her wits does not classify as safe. And if Kitty feels unsafe in the area you’ve provided, she will find somewhere more suitable—which might be in the back of your closet on some soft laundry. Her pleasant experience in your closet may prove far more agreeable than her “scary litter box” and she may make it a habit. She may also find that she likes the feel of laundry or carpet better than the litter and choose this material on a regular basis.

Things to consider when choosing a location for the litter boxes.
Think Stress-Free Litter Box.

1.) If Kitty is part of a multiple cat household, she should have easy access to a private, quiet area that is not a dead end. The back corner of a laundry room with one entry/exit, for example, is a dead end. There should be an escape route available if she feels insecure.

Problem Scenario: Marie and Pierre are two cats living in same house. Marie is using her litter box when Pierre decides “Playtime!” Pierre plans a strategic ambush of Marie while she is concentrating on her business, unaware of his intentions. Pierre pounces on Marie and scares the “!!!”out of her. She tries to run out of the small laundry room, but Pierre blocks the entrance and Marie is trapped. With no time to cover her mess or gather her wits, she records this situation as a very unpleasant experience and will not let herself be trapped there again.

Solution: Provide a safe exit out of the litter box area. Place the box in a spot with a separate entrance and exit. If this is not possible, place an upside-down box next to the litter box to serve as a stepping stool to a counter or some other way out. A kitty condo works great in this situation as well.

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2.) Keep Fido away from the box.

Problem: If your dogs are like mine, a little afternoon snack of “Kitty Roca” is a real treat. While many dogs find cat feces appetizing, most cats (and humans) find the act disturbing. Kitty will not feel comfortable using her box while Fido is lurking around.

Solution: Place a child safety gate at the entrance to the door. Leave it a few inches off the ground at the bottom, just enough for Kitty to get under but not Fido. This is a great solution for keeping small children out of the litter box as well.

3.) Don’t put the litter box near Kitty’s food and water. Do you eat in the bathroom? Kitty doesn’t like it either. Considering your cleanliness questionable, she may choose to eliminate elsewhere. Cats do not like to eliminate where they eat and drink. Also, the box shouldn’t be near Kitty’s bed.

4.) Don’t place the box near a door unless the door is generally left open. If Kitty is using the box in what she thinks is a nice quiet area and the door suddenly slams open and someone walks in right next to her, she is likely to feel startled and uncomfortable. Preferring privacy in bathrooms is a trait many cats and humans have in common.

5.) Place two boxes side by side. Many cats like to urinate in one box and defecate in another. Providing two boxes close to each other but not touching gives Kitty options. If not provided with an option, Kitty may choose her own locations.

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6.) A litter box on every floor of the house. If you live in a multi-story house, be sure there is a litter box on every floor your cat can access. This is especially important with arthritic or geriatric cats.

7.) Don’t place the litter box on carpet. Often the feel of the carpet is more attractive than the litter.

8.) Don’t move the box around. Find the best spot for the litter box and if Kitty accepts your decision, don’t move it! If you absolutely must change the litter box location, do it gradually. Put a new box in the desired area and then move the old box a few inches a day until Kitty starts using the new box.

Number of Boxes & Location   •   Size   •   Litter   •   Cleanliness

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for persons who live with or take care of cats. It is not a replacement for qualified veterinary care. Please discuss your cat's symptoms and medical conditions with your veterinarian.