Where To Put the Litter Box

Location Location Location!

It applies to real estate and it most definitely applies to litter boxes. You can have the perfect box, filled with the best litter in the world, but if it's put in an area that the cat finds unacceptable, it may be rejected.

One Rule You Should Never Break
Don't put the litter box near the cat's food and water. Many owners mistakenly believe that having the box right next to the cat's food will serve as a reminder to him. Unfortunately, this plan can only backfire you lay the groundwork for litter box rejection.

Remember, cats eliminate away from the nest.  If you put his food and box together, it sends him a very confusing message. He'll be forced to make a decision about whether to designate the area as a feeding station or an elimination box.

If you have no choice but to keep his food bowl and litter box in the same room, at least put them as far apart as possible.

The most common place owners put the box is in the bathroom. This is a good spot provided you have the room. It makes cleanup easy and it's convenient in terms of your being able to regularly scoop it. Keep in mind, though, that if lots of steamy hot showers are taken in the bathroom it will be humid in there and that may cause the litter to take longer to dry.

Another popular location is the laundry room. Like the bathroom, the laundry room is usually not carpeted, making for easy cleanup. The downside is that if the washer goes into the spin cycle while the cat is in the box, the sudded noise could cause him to becoe frightened of using it again.

Pick a spot in your home away from heavy traffic to provide your cat with a feeling of privacy and safety. However, don't choose an area too remote or you'll forget to check it daily. A cat owner once put the litter box in the junk room on the 2nd floor of the house. No one routinely went in there, so the box was forgotten and became so full and dirthy that the cat couldn't stand to use it any longer and began urinating on the carpet in the den. Whereever you lacate the box, be sure you'll remember to check it twice a day.

A two-story home should have a box on each floor. If your indoor/outdoor cat doesn't use a litter box and prefers to eliminate outside, keep a litter box in-doors anyway in case he chooses not to go out in bad weather or become ill.

In a multicat household, more than one box will be needed. This is not just because one box gets dirthy too quickly (althought it does), but also because some cats object to sharing and one cat may be too intimidated to pass another cat in order to get to the cat's area. 

The Litter Box Rule: Have the same number of boxes as you have cats. Multicat households can create litter box placement problems. If here are any treeitorial disputes going on or if your cats don't especially care for each other, the boxes should be placed far enugh apart so that if one is being guarded, there is easy access to another. it's worth takinhh the time to pay attention to the areas of your home where each cat seems to spend the most time. You may be able to avoid future problems by placing boxes in rooms within each cat's general preferred locations.

Boxes spread through out the house are better than ones grouped together in one location. it may not innitially seem very convenient as far as you are concerned, but trust me, there is tremendous convenience in not having to deal with location-aversion litter box problems.

Another potential problem to consider when setting up a litter box for multicat households in which there is some feline animosity. A litter box wedged in a corner can make a cat feel trapped. If a cat thinks he doesn't have enough avenues of escape and fears being attacked, he could reject his box.

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