Cats in general are very particular about their toilet habits. They are fussy about the size of the cat box as well as the type of litter that is used and may even prefer a location for their litter box that affords them some privacy while they go about their business.
A cat that is not happy about its toilet arrangements may express its dislike in a number of different ways. They may kick the litter out or go beside the box instead of inside the litter. They may choose to make another area in the home their toilet or they may enter into destructive or aggressive behavior patterns.
Unfortunately, this also means that most cats do NOT like to share their toilet. If another cat uses their litter box, they may simply refuse to use it again. In fact, the experts agree that it is ideal to provide a litter box for each cat in the home plus one that can be used by all the cats in the house.
However, if you do own multiple cats and want them to use the same litter box, it may simply come down to buying the right box.
How to Pick Best Cat Litter Box For Multiple Cats?
1. Litter Box For Multiple Cats
Cats are more likely to share a litter box that is larger. So go for one that covers more areas rather than focusing on depth. For one cat, a litter box should ideally be the same length as the cat (from nose to tail tip) and the width should be equal to the length of the cat from nose to rear (without taking the tail into account). For multiple cat use, you may want to look at a litter box that is twice this size or more.
Always keep in mind that your cats should be able to use the litter box without having to step in previous deposits they made themselves or made by other cats sharing the same household.
If your cats are showing unwanted litter boxes or other behaviors, it may be a good idea to invest in a second or even third litter box.
2. Cleaning The Cat Box
If you are going to have multiple cats using the same litter box, it follows that more deposits will accumulate in one day and the box will need to be cleaned more often. Self-clumping litter or self-cleaning litter boxes are not recommended. The cat box should be cleared out at least once a day and the litter replaced. The box may also need a good wash and dry before replacing the litter on a daily basis.
The more cats using the same litter box, the more often it will need to be cleaned. For example, if you have four cats using the same box, it will probably need to be cleaned at least twice a day.
While individual litter boxes are recommended for cats, if your cats are happy to share, then there is no reason why one box should not be sufficient. Just ensure that the box is large enough and cleaned regularly.…