How Many Litter Boxes Should You Have?

One of the most common complaints we hear from clients is that their cat(s) won’t use the litter box.  Our first question to them is how many litter boxes do you have?  Increasing the number of boxes really can make a difference in your pets behavior and possibly bring peace back to your kingdom.

Based on my own personal experience and my research the number of litter boxes you should have is equivalent to the number of cats you have, plus one.  If you have 1 cat, you should have 2 litter boxes.  6 cats?  You should have 7 boxes.

The location of your litter boxes is also important.  I strongly suggest keeping at least one litter box in another area of your home, not right next to your other box.  Some cats stop using the litter box because another cat is bullying them when they try to go to the potty.  Since the bully cat can’t be in two places at the same time chances are better the avoiding cat will use the other box if they can get to it without being bullied.  If your home is more than one level, place a litter box on each level.

What you use for litter also makes a difference.  You may have to try a few brands before you find one that both you and your feline friends like.  Regardless of what brand you use it’s best to keep a minimum of about three inches of litter in the box.  Cats like to dig and I’m surprised when I see just a dusting of litter in a box.  I personally like World’s Best Cat Litter which is made from corn.  It clumps nicely and isn’t terribly dusty.  Want to try a free bag?  World’s Best has a rebate for a free bag!

No matter what kind of litter you use, litter box maintenance is also extremely important.  Do you like to use a dirty rest room?  Cats don’t either.  If their box is dirty they are more likely to not use it.

Hopefully you never have to deal with litter box issues but if you do these suggestions should help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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