Can Cats Share the Litter Box?

July 13, 2012

If you have multiple cats in your home, can they share the litter box(es)? Well, it all depends on your cats.

Some cats are okay with sharing and others aren’t.

Regardless of your situation, you do need to have at least one litter box for each cat. And, experts recommend one additional box as well. So, if you have two cats, you should have three boxes. If you have three cats, you should have four boxes and so on.

Even if all of your cats use the same one box, it’s important to give them options!

My own cats are kinda willy-nilly when it comes to which box they use. They don’t mind sharing and they like to mix it up. We have two cats and three boxes, one of which is Romeo’s personal pee-box because he prefers to pee on a puppy pad or paper towel. It’s a free for all when it comes to poop.

What happens, though, when one of your cats intimidates the other cat around the litter box? That can be a major bummer and send the scaredy cat to other locations to do his business. Not so great.

In a recent Vetstreet.com article, Dr. Marty Becker answers a reader’s question about what to do when one of the cats attacks the other in the litter box.

He has some great solutions to create a harmonious potty situation. The one I thought was interesting was an increase in the number of boxes. Dr. Becker says, “Since your cats have known territorial issues, I’d have at least two boxes per cat, in at least two locations in different parts of the house.”

Definitely something to consider! Read the rest of Dr. Becker’s advice here.

Readers, do your cats share litter boxes? Any strife? How do you work through those issues?