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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-29-2010, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Dominance and the Litter Box

Only 4 weeks into the introduction of our 12 yo cat to his new sister Billie (2 yo) and things are going great! They now spend the entire day together while we are at work with no missing appendages or gaping wounds upon our return home . The old man will still occasionally hiss at his new housemate but I attribute that to general grumpy old man attitude and predict that it will subside at some time in the future . For the most part they are getting along magnificently considering the amount of time they've been "together". This weekend we plan to let Billie out of her "room" for the night and see how their "sleepover" goes.

However, we are seeing one little annoying thing going on...
There is a litter box in Billies room and the old man has his in the basement (where it's always been). It's not uncommon for each of the cats to use each of the litter boxes and NOT BURY their business. Last night I caught the old man using his own and NOT BURYING his poop. It stunk so bad I rushed over and buried it myself.

I presume this behavior (by the cats, not me) is an effort to establish their dominance. Is is best for me to not interfere and bury the poop when I notice that they haven't? Or, assuming I can stand the smell, do I just let them work it out?

If it works for Billie to be 100% free of "her" room I will put both litter boxes back downstairs. Should I put them close to each other, several feet away from each other, or in opposite corners of the basement?

Thanks for your help in advance!
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-29-2010, 05:59 PM
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I don't think your behavior will influence the cats' relationship. So, if the smell isn't offensive, I would leave it, but if the smell is annoying then I would either bury it or scoop it. As for relocating the litter box, unless both cats spend the vast majority of their time in the basement, it might be helpful to leave Billie's box in her room (if practicable) so that they have one on each level of the house. If that doesn't work, then I would relocate them on either side of the basement, mainly for your sake (so the smell is not concentrated in one area).
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