Insight into Strange potty habits
I have been trying for some time to figure out optimal litter box placement for my kitties. There are a few things to take into consideration here:
They can't all be in the same room. My male is kind of a jerk, and WILL stalk and attack the other cats while they use the litter box. Having them all in the same room makes it too easy for him to find a target. Trying to avoid litter-box trauma so none of the girls get too scared to use it.
I'm not sure how to deter this behavior in him - he does not fear water enough for a squirt bottle or even a bath to be remotely deterrent.
Don't want one in the kitchen for obvious reasons. . .
Can't have one in the bedroom because of the tendency of one of the girls (widdershins) to want to sharpen her claws for about 5 minutes after each time she uses it. Sometimes she gets in the box just to sharpen her claws on the inside of it, and doesn't actually go to the bathroom. This is infernally noisy, and very frustrating at 2:00 a.m. We have placed about 6 cardboard scratchers all over the house, but only one of the cats ever uses them (Stitch). Have tried offering other surfaces for her (boxes, upholstered and jute wrapped cat scratchers, etc) but she ignores all of them. The other issue is tracking - corncob pine blends track like mad, and if we have a box in the bedroom, the bed gets litter in it.
Currently, I have 2 huge litter boxes in the utility room, one normal sized one in the downstairs bath, and one normal sized one in the living room. (All downstairs)
Recently (since around December) we have had problems with her (and only her) also urinating outside the litter box. She seems to have a select few targets - the water dish, and the bed. Admittedly, she only pees in the water dish when it is low or empty. We refill it every morning, but the male cat likes to play in it, and often drains it by splashing all of the water out, or tipping it over completely, even though it is one of those tip resistant designs.
The only thing I can think of is that in December, we did have one litter box upstairs for a few weeks while we did a remodel downstairs, which is when we found out that the noise she makes with it cannot be slept through. Most of these bad habits seem to have popped up when we moved that litter box back downstairs.
The remodel was to remove carpet downstairs, and put in laminate flooring.
We had been using corncob/pine blends for a very long time, and still do. I am trying Yesterday's News in one box, to see if it is any better (still undecided - but the cats use that box just as much as the others). So I don't think the litter itself is to blame. I scoop the boxes most days, but I do occasionally (maybe once a week) skip a day.
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