Getting Cat to Use Second Litter Box
Back again, with another litter box issue/question...
I know I've told my story several times over, but I'll summarize again: we've been living in our new house for almost a year now, and when we moved in, we could not find a good place for the litter box for our (now 4yo) spayed female cat, Auglaize. We placed it in the living room, which she uses regularly (we've had some misses, but that's another story), but having a litter box in the middle of our house where my husband and I watch TV and have company is stressing ME out.
Last week I ordered a litter box that is the exact same shape, size, and brand as her current one, filled it with the same brand of litter, and placed it uncovered at the bottom level of our bathroom closet. The bottom level has about three feet of clearance, so it's taller than a litter box enclosure. I placed her old litter mat in front of it, which had been in front of her living room box up until two weeks ago.
I chose the bathroom closet because Auglaize likes this place. She loves to sleep on an upper shelf of our bathroom closet (gotta love those soft towels!), and likes to drink water from the bathtub drain. We leave the bathroom and closet door wide open all day so she can jump in and take a nap/drink from the tub. I figured since she already associates the bathroom closet with comfort, having a litter box at the bottom would be a good location. Yesterday I plugged in a Feliway diffuser about four feet away, but at light switch level. (That's the only outlet we have in there.)
So far, I've been petting Auglaize around the new litter box, and sometimes I set her down in front of it. The first two times she sniffed it curiously, then meowed and walked away. Now she just turns away if I place her there. It's been only a week, but Auggie doesn't show any signs of wanting to use it so far. My ultimate goal is to get Auggie to use the closet box and remove the living room box for good. (I will probably replace the closet door with a split curtain if she accepts the location.) Is there anything else I can/should do at this time? How long should I wait for her to adapt?
Last edited by elber; 10-17-2016 at 12:27 PM.
Reason: adding/clarifying detail