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Hello All,

Is there a place, say a bedroom or living room, that is not best to place a litter box?

I'm thinking the main litter box for a soon to be adopted cat would be in my bath room (tile floor) and was looking for a good secondary location (most of the rest of the area is carpeted.. not ideal for box I would assume.. (the notion being this is a second cat so boxes being 2 +1.

For the record, the bathroom and bedroom are not directly connected to each other, but are on the same floor (top floor of the building, which is pretty much all mine)

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I'm not really an expert on the subject, but litter box should be easily accessed and offer the cat some level of privacy. I don't think carpet or tile makes much difference...mine are in the bathroom with marble tile floor. If you put it on carpet, there are mats you can buy to put under it. The main concern there is all the litter that will get kicked out onto the floor, and you probably don't want that in your carpet.
 

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My three cats have two litter boxes. The "1 each plus 1 extra" is really not practical for lots of people, especially those with multiple cats. You can start out with 3 and then see how they do with 2. There's no right or wrong place. Personally, I'd never have one in the bathroom because I don't want to walk on litter, especially stepping out of the shower. I have one next to the back door, which is only used to take the trash out once a week, and one in a little alcove space, with a plush bath rug to help get the litter off their feet.
 

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We have four boxes for 4 cats; 1 in each of the bedrooms, 1 in the bathroom, and 1 in the kitchen. Our cats are not very good at sharing.
 

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Last year I went through major renovations and I probably moved the girls litter boxes 20 times in the space of 3 months. Fortunately, they always found them. So, I'm with Marie...there really is no right or wrong place. Just choose whatever works for you, preferably a place where you won't accidentally step in it. :wink:
 

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I have moved my litter boxes numerous times trying to find the best spots and I think I have a good set up now. I have 3 cats and 2 boxes and so far that is working. I like them on hard surface floors personally because I found it was easier to clean up tracked litter, and I don't like them in the bedroom in case somebody lays one at night. I have one in and unused bathroom upstairs and one in the dining room...sounds kinda gross but I don't use the room much and the kitchen/dining is the only uncarpeted room downstairs.

If I had a bigger house or my dream set up, I would have a sunroom or a mudroom for them. I don't even have a laundry room though.
 

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Actually, when I had Eliza and CC I had only one box. It was a liter maid and both adjusted well to using it and is saved on liter and was easier to clean once I 'modified' it a bit.

Then we got Kermit as a kitten (his mother gave birth in our house and I kept him). So I put another liter box in the upstairs part of the house in a spare bedroom. then for convienience I added another one in the basement so they didn't have to travel two floors to do their 'thing'. Or get lazy.

I guess we have been lucky with adding an abandoned young female and having no bathroom problems to speak of. Knock on wood.

I think the worst place to put a liter box (and I used to see it when I worked in hvac) is near a forced air furnace. They are not sealed up well and they 'grab' air from around the return duct/filter area as well as from the returns in the house. So they drag in odors from the liter box and I don't think that is a good thing. But who knows?
 

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Thanks for the replies everyone. Yeah the situation is I live in a rectory and its a big house in which a cat has reigned for a number of years. I honestly don't know how he'll react to a new cat.

My personal quarters are basically on the third floor of the house. The resident cat wasn't happy when I moved in as I took his favorite hiding spot, the third floor. He does come up every once in a while to hide in one of the storage rooms, but won't come to me.

I can easily give the new kitten three rooms (sitting room, small office and bathroom) to explore for a few weeks as it gets use to new house. I just think it would be easier to have a box up on the third floor for the new cat, which the current king retains his throne on the second floor. I realize that the cats may have other plans, but you can't blame for trying to plan.
 

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Three big males use two big boxes. If I could find room for two more boxes I would.

Give the two boxes proper attention once in the morning and once at night, the litter lasts me about 8 days on average.
 

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I have a box on carpet, and I have no problem with it. I put a doormat near the opening to the box. The whole area is easy to vacuum when I need to. I'd much rather vacuum than sweep though so that's just me.
 

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Mine are here:

#1--closet near kitchen (it is set up so that the cats can enter the door but the dogs cannot) (hardwood floor)
#2--storeroom located between dining room and bathroom (tile floor)
#s 3 and 4--cat room (hardwood floor)
 

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Both of mine are in bathrooms. The downstairs one has hard floor (wood laminate) and the upstairs one is carpeted. I have a plastic placemat under the back of the one upstairs. (and 4-ply of paper towels under both just in case Harli would pee over the edge, which luckily hasn't happened in a long time). There are small throw rugs in front of both. Vacuuming is easy. (I vacuum the downstairs bathroom too- it seems easier to clean up the litter that gets on the floor)
 

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I have mine in the storage room. It's lucky we don't have much stuff. Her box is in an alcove in back, beside it is the garbage can, litter, scooper, and disinfecting wipes. The rest of the room has her extra food, toys, carrier, and other assorted cat guff.
 

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I have my one litter box in the office right here near the computer. It is carpeted in here but that's not a problem. Autumn has her privacy since I'm not sitting here all that long. She will come in here and use her box even when I'm sitting here, it doesn't bother her.
 

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Once I was cleaning Io's box and she ran in, pushed between my legs, and did her business while I was hunched over the box, scooper in hand. The thing that made it most awkward was her making/keeping eye contact the whole time. It was surreal.

Then was she was done, she hops out of the box and trots out. I'm like "Excuse me, princess!" and she sheepishly came back in, covered it up, and left again.

That was a bit OT but I wanted to share because it was like I was in a Kubrick film. About cat toilets.
 

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I have 2 litter boxes and they are side by side by the back door. I didn't want it in the bedrooms or living room and that's really the only other place, bathrooms are too small. I started with one and thought it was too small so I bought another one and put it next to the old one to get the cats used to it, and never moved it. They use them both. With just the small box sometimes they would get poop on their paws but they don't anymore. They will run and use it while I'm scooping as well. Ollie peed in the empty box while I was changing the litter once. Goofy cat. And they almost never cover their poop, unless it's on accident. LOL. I just scoop whenever they do it, maybe that's why they don't bother to cover, easier access. They wouldn't want me to miss it.
 

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I almost wish Io wouldn't cover them. When she has pudding poops she gets so excited digging that there's wall splatter. Yuck.
 

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Note to self: Don't read this thread at lunch time.
 

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Oh, and my litter boxes are on tile but I put a rubber backed mat under them and in front of them to a) keep the cats from pushing the litter boxes around, which they have done, and b) to catch some of the litter so it doesn't track everywhere. I have a jute rug in front and the little grooves do a pretty good job of catching litter and it's easy to clean with a broom or vacuum depending on which I have out at the time. I use wood pellet litter now and it doesn't track nearly as much as the clay stuff I was using before. Like feline pine, only I buy the horse bedding, it's much cheaper.
 
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