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New kitten and picky old cat litter box troubles!

I've had Sammy for 9 years and he's always been touchy about his litter box. I recently got a kitten who is 9 months old who is obsessed with him and wants to do whatever he does. It's cute, except for when she's shoving her face in his food bowl and I think she has bothered him while he's trying to use the litter box. For a few months, we've had NO IDEA where he was going (I never saw him use the box, but we never saw his messes on the floor, I guess he pooped into a wormhole), but over the past few weeks we have been seeing his stuff on the floor, and I still haven't seen him use the box. I assume Olga has driven him away from it, but I don't know how to control her, especially if I can't always be there. Secondly, I don't know how to get him to start using it again, he's probably been au naturale for awhile now. We have two litter boxes and limited areas available to put them—tonight I switched the places of the boxes, and I'm hoping it will work. Any suggestions otherwise?

Best Answer

  • sherry LaRosa-Silvestrisherry LaRosa-Silvestri willow groveMember Posts: 888
    Accepted Answer
    The rule of thumb is you need one more litter box than you have cats, and one on each level of the house. So, you need to have at least three litter boxes in your home. If you have multi levels in your home, than have a litter box on each level (basement, first floor, etc.). It's better to have extra litter boxes than to have a stinky house! Keep the boxes extra clean and you shouldn't have any problems. Best of luck.
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