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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-07-2012, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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New cat, consequences?

I have two cats, they poop a LOT! I clean litter boxes 2x daily usually and change litter once a week or when the litter smells bad enough cleaning doesn't help.

I have 2 cats, one gigantic fat lazy cat, Loki, who is almost 8 years old. We adopted him in December. My other cat is a young siamese, Leo, who is 2 year old, very spastic and honestly pretty irritating. I love him but really super irritating, haha. He's very affectionate and loving but since we brought him home from Japan he's been a nut basically. I've had Leo since he was a kitten with his brother who died before we came back to America and I've had Loki since December, his previous owners had his since he was a kitten and had no other pets but him. I've attributed Leo's drama from the long flight)plus travel, really very tramamtizing) and uprooting his world, plus he was kinda a spaz before, Loki had been pretty mellow since we got him. I love them both a lot for different reasons.

Anyways, it took months to get them used to each other and co-existing. FINALLY the fighting stopped, Leo(the siamese) realized he cannot dominate Loki (who is a mainecoon and one of the biggest cats I've even seen). Loki is a monster, long haired and huge to put it mildly, Leo is a local from Japan and really small. Leo thinks he's a big alley cat though and can't accept the fact he's tiny, super small actually. Basically he's a midget even with American terms let alone a Maine coon bigger than most. Loki isn't a fighter but in the end slapped Leo into realizing he can't win.

Now Leo wants to play. He's still quite young, only 2 1/2. Loki despite his age is playful sometimes(not often) but overweight and reacts with aggressiveness to Leo's friendly advances even though he's not trying to fight anymore.

I want to adopt a kitten for Leo. I think maybe if he has someone to play with he will stop pouncing on Loki who frankly whoops his tiny butt every time he tries. I'm wondering though how much of a litter increase this will mean. I live in a tiny town house which is about 1300 sq ft for 5 people and two cats. I don't have the option to move for awhile and the 2 cats I have fill the two litter boxes CONSTANTLY! I can fit another one in my bathroom but IDK if it's really something I want to do. They make such a mess with the two and I'm constantly sweeping up litter off the floor.

My problem lies in the fact I'm sick of the fighting resulting between one lazy old cat that doesn't want to play with a young active cat. How much will my litter cleaning activities increase and will it be worth it having someone Leo can play with or will they both pounce on Loki? Thus increasing my poop scooping without benefit toward cat fights? I don't mind adopting another cat though I would be happy with the two I have if they would just resolve their issues. I want to make happy co-existence possible within my family, if that means a younger cat to balance age differences so be it. Things as they are aren't working and I will not give up either cat. Solutions please!! Poop scooping isn't a huge issue for me, I just don't want to increase poop output unless it will benefit me, LOL.

Sorry if that's shallow, love my cats, would love a new addition, don't love the byproducts of cat owning so much. I do it because it's needed, not because I'm okay with cat poo.. It's like having kids and changing diapers, haha, except no potty training! Cat's will never scoop their own poo, on the other hand I'll never deal with teenage attitudes so it's a draw!

Thanks for responses!
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 09:21 AM
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I'm curious what food you feed. My cats produce very little poop (maybe 1 per cat per day, tops). I feed raw.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 09:30 AM
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I live in a 1200 sqft townhouse as well and I have a dog and three cats. I use to live in an apartment with them so space isnt an issue. I also hav a finished basement for the two younger cats to run around in.

I suggest not getting a tiny 8 week old kitten. He will annoy the heck out of the older cat and maybe even annoy the younger one with its energy. I suggest getting one that's 1-2 years old so that he is at the same energy level as your Siamese.

As for litter box use... I scoop 3 times a day because they all use it at different times. Once when I get up, once after work and once before bed. Yes it could be what they are eating as well.
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