One of the questions we get most frequently from new cat owners is about the cats litter box, especially how many boxes you need and if you can put them next to each other. The short answer is yes. It is perfectly fine to put two litterboxes next to each other. However, keep reading if you would like to know how many litterboxes you need, why you need them, and where you should put them in your home for the best results.
When this happens, the dominant cat might claim the room as its territory and fight with other vats that try to enter, but this scenario is not too common and is unlikely to be an issue in your home. Your bedroom is also a bad idea because the scratching will likely disturb your sleep, and the ammonia fumes can be strong even when your cat isnt using it.
Image Credit: RacheeLynn, ShutterstockThere can also be harmful bacteria called toxoplasma in your litterbox that can be dangerous to pregnant women and small children.
Do you need 2 litter boxes for 2 cats?
According to experts in feline behavior, it is not advised to provide two cats with only one litterbox. In fact, these experts recommend to have an equal number of litter boxes to that of cats, plus one. In other words, if you have two cats, you should provide them with three litter boxes.
Can two cats use one litter box?
Your cat will have no problem keeping them separate. If you have more than one cat, add at least one box for each. Many cats will be in the same box as others, but they like to use their own for poop. Get the largest litterbox your budget allows to make sure your cat has plenty of room.
Why do you need 3 litter boxes for 2 cats?
Having multiple boxes prevents overcrowding into one, where your cat has to step on others’ waste and may feel like there’s not a spot clean enough to “go.” Not finding what she needs in her litter box, she’ll choose another spot where no stepping over waste is required.
Imagine coming home, bladder bursting, and walking into your bathroom to see that your roommate has left it reeking, the toilet unflushed, toilet paper everywhere. It would give you a moment of pause, no matter how badly you needed to relieve yourself. The same can be true for cats who share litter boxes.
Cats may try to tell others to keep out by spraying the litter boxs entry or the area around it.
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How Many Litterboxes Do I Need?
While there is no rule stating how many litterboxes you should have in your home, most owners recommend having at least one per cat plus one additional one. You need more than one for a single cat because cats can be quite picky and may refuse to use a dirty litterbox and many people find it challenging to clean the litterbox every time the cat uses it. Many cats also like to pee in one box and poop in the other and providing it with more options will reduce the risk that your cat will relieve itself outside the box. We get one per cat because cats are extremely territorial and may not enjoy sharing a box with their siblings and having extra can prevent quarrels between them.Another reason that a cat might like using more than one litterbox because they rely heavily on scent t mark their territory, and multiple litterboxes let them claim a larger area.
How Large Should My Litterbox Be?
Your litterbox needs to be big enough for your cat to turn around freely and dig when inside. Cats tend to avoid too small boxes and are more likely to toss the litter out while they use it, which can make a mess of your home. We recommend getting the largest box your budget will allow to allow your cat plenty of room. Larger boxes tend to be more durable and will likely last much longer than a smaller litterbox.
Where Should I Place My Litterboxes?
Your cats are clean and private animals just like you are and prefer to have their litterbox kept in a secluded area of the home free from traffic and prying eyes. We recommend in or near your human bathroom or in a lesser-used room of your home. The area should have at least minimal lighting so your cat can see what it’s doing and be less likely to make a mess. While cats do see much better than us in the dark, they cannot see when it’s pitch black, so keeping a small night light in the area will be helpful.