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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-30-2015, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
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How close can a litter box be to their food?

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I'm going to be adopting a kitty friend later today once the shelter opens. I was wondering how close their food and litter can be to each other.

My apartment is pretty small, so this is the only ideal area for both of them. Is it too close?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-30-2015, 11:06 AM
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Hello there!

I, too, live in a small apartment but I keep the litter box in the laundry room and feed the kitties in the kitchen. When I do laundry I move the litter box into either the bathroom or the bedroom until I'm done. That way they have a quiet place to do their business.

I also place several water bowls around the house to encourage them to drink more.


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If your feeding mealtimes. It won't be a big problem. Just put down food when it's time to eat in the kitchen (or where ever) and pick up after the meal. I don't free feed since I have older cats and NEED to know if anyone missed a meal and who it was if they do..

If you scoop 2-3 times a day. It shouldn't be a big problem either.


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Aww, what a lucky kitty! It should be fine as you have it, just scoop twice a day and it should be fine, looks like plenty of room there.

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I have a "washroom" which contains the litterbox and Cleo eats on top of it (it has a nice fluffy rug on top now).




Cinderella used to eat right outside of it. As long as it's kept clean, I don't think there will be a problem.

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I don't think that's too bad at all. Good for you for adopting a shelter kitty. I remember, when I got my first apartment, I couldn't wait to adopt a cat either
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If that is the best you can do then they will adjust. Personally, I don't think it is all that bad. I have a water and food bowl in our laundry less than 5 feet from the litter boxes and I've not gotten any complaints yet.

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Aww... congrats on getting a kitty! I see the water fountain all set up already, I bet your kitty will love it!

Honestly, that distance looks fine to me as long as you keep the box nice and clean! Lets face it... they're coming from a shelter with their litterbox and food literally right beside eachother in the cage. Having this distance in your apartment will be a luxury!

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I have a "washroom" which contains the litterbox and Cleo eats on top of it (it has a nice fluffy rug on top now).




Cinderella used to eat right outside of it. As long as it's kept clean, I don't think there will be a problem.
I love that litterbox house/cover (whatever you'd call it! haha). Cleo looks so proud to claim it! I've known a few people who have similar setups with the food on top and their cats never had issues, either.
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I live in a 425 square foot apartment. My cat littler is in the bathroom, and his food and water is in the kitchen. It works. I also adopted my Odd boy. It was a good decision. He's nuts, we were made for each other, lol. Good luck and have fun with your new family member.
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