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Reading through many posts re the "dos and donts" for successful introduction of a new kitten/cat to a home with existing cat(s) the common thread is slow and steady all the while having the kitten isolated in a room.

I have a question re logistics of such an arrangement:

This introduction room initially will have the kittens litter box, water and food. But it will very unlikely that it will be the permanent location for the food and water and most importantly the litter box.

How does one train the new kitten to successfully use a litter box once it is relocated to its final location (optimally to the same room as the existing litter boxes of the other cat(s))
 

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This would be sure problematic given that you want to keep the kitten separated from the other cat(s) but have all litter boxes in the same room!

I am wrong that all of you with multi cat households have the litter boxes in the same room?
 

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I've got three cats, two litterboxes, three flower beds (lol)

The litterboxes are at opposite ends of the house and on different floors.
I really don't see much point in having all the litter boxes in the same location but to each their own.
Different locations is what works for me and my girls.
 

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When I started to have to move the upstairs box around (to a different room), I put it in the hallway, halfway between the two rooms for a day or so.

I also have found that cats are smart and if you just show them where the box is they will find it again. For the time being, consider having two separate boxes. The one you have and a second box in another further part of the house once they are given free roam. Just temporarily. Kittens sometimes need to go NOW and having a second more convenient box will save you a lot of angst.

I have 5 adult cats, and 5 boxes in 3 locations (2 upstairs mostly side by side unless the room is used for an isolation room, then one box is put in hubby's office on the same floor), 2 boxes side by side in the downstairs laundry room at the opposite end of the house and one covered box on the screened in porch. I've not had issues with this arrangement.
 

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I really don't see much point in having all the litter boxes in the same location
Consolidation of the boxes to one room would seem to make it easier ie quicker to clean and refill.


Different locations is what works for me and my girls.
We have a reasonably large home but we wanted the boxes not on carpet (so easier to clean the floor) and out of the way of general household traffic. For us this meant in a basement room which has linoleum for a floor covering.
 

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Consolidation of the boxes to one room would seem to make it easier ie quicker to clean and refill.
Yes, it would make it easier from your point of view. But from your cat's point of view, to only have one place to go to the bathroom in a large house may not be convenient - and therefore they may find other places to go you would prefer they didn't. I'd rather have myself a bit inconvenienced than risk the other scenario.

I just added two cats to my household - one in October and one in December - and I still have the box in the 'safe room' that each of the new additions used in turn. At one point though before we added the last cat we had a visitor using that spare room for a few days, and moved that box to a bathroom just down the hall. My cats didn't have a problem with it, but they still had another box downstairs whose location they were used to. Now I have two up and one down, and they are all used most every day.
 

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Yes, it would make it easier from your point of view. But from your cat's point of view, to only have one place to go to the bathroom in a large house may not be convenient - and therefore they may find other places to go you would prefer they didn't.
I guess we have been lucky as in the 15 years we have had cats in our family homes this has never been issue ie an accident outside of a box.

I am just surprised that so many of you find appropriate multiple locations for these boxes.

Are there others like us ie one room for litter boxes?
 

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There's another factor here, if you're getting a KITTEN you need at least a box per floor of your home. Young kittens, especially in a big house, could get 'lost' too far from the box, or simply not realize they have to go until they HAVE TO GO...and the box is too far away. That's how bad litterbox habits are created, and I'd prefer to not take the risk.

I have 4 cats and the 6 boxes are spread out like this: Torri has her own private box in her room (silly princess), there's one in the upstairs hallway, one in the main floor coat closet, one on the main floor tucked into a bookshelf (right in the middle of the living room...but the option seems to be the boys spraying there, so I'm fine with it), two BIG boxes in the basement 'cat room'.

Your cats need the boxes spread out for a variety of reasons, but here's the big ones:
-Kittens and their lack of control as I mentioned above
-Litter box guarding (may be invisible to you, but stress - like, say, adding a new kitten - could trigger it)
-their ease of access (how many bathrooms are in your big house? One? No?!...I wonder why you'd need more than one...lol)
-territorial marking makes people much happier when it's in a litter box rather than all around your home. This is part of what litter boxes do.

Basically, there are many cases where it does work, that doesn't mean it's the best practice. If you have a nice big house then there are bound to be places you can tuck a box away, in bathrooms, closets, in an out of the way corner...but you should do it. Prevention is ALWAYS better than trying to go back and 'fix' something once it's not working anymore.
 

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I am just surprised that so many of you find appropriate multiple locations for these boxes.
Lol, I have cats - so anywhere I put a box is to me, appropriate. I'm not saying I want one in the middle of the living room necessarily, but in any out of the way room or bathroom, or closet - all those places are appropriate. Anyone coming to my house also knows I have cats, so the litter boxes (which are kept scrupulously clean btw) are not a problem for them either. Quite frankly if anyone I know had a problem with it, they need not come.

Also, as librarychick said, there are many clever disguises available for litter boxes these days.
 

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I guess we have been lucky as in the 15 years we have had cats in our family homes this has never been issue ie an accident outside of a box.

I am just surprised that so many of you find appropriate multiple locations for these boxes.

Are there others like us ie one room for litter boxes?
I grew up in a house where my parents always kept all boxes in the basement. They still do to this day, and with not a single issue I can recall. But I think this is luck. I agree that there are exceptions.
 

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Well I just learned today that after having a temporary litter box upstairs Gizmo will no longer use the downstairs box that he has used for 6+ years without issue.

He obviously decided he prefers the his toilet upstairs lol and who am I to argue.

It's not entirely 'appropriate' having a litterbox in my bedromm but it's better than him deliberately 'holding it in' which he was doing as the consequences for that are really bad (and expensive)
 

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Lol, poor Gizmo - all his recent stress with the vet, etc., I imagine may be contributing too. He has decided he wants his creature comforts where he wants them by gawd.
 

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There's another factor here, if you're getting a KITTEN you need at least a box per floor of your home. Young kittens, especially in a big house, could get 'lost' too far from the box, or simply not realize they have to go until they HAVE TO GO...and the box is too far away.
Ignorance is bliss I guess as when getting our new kitten last July we simply added 2 more boxes down in the depths of the basement of our two storey home (2 were there already for the existing cat). The kitten has done just fine as does the almost 15 year old cat.

Having said that we are tentatively planning adding another kitten to the mix this coming summer (+1 will make 3 in total) and I think I will add a new room to the mix....the laundry room on the main floor. This still isn't optimal given that it is can be a busy room when laundry needs to be done but there is no other room even remotely suitable for a litter box given humans also reside in this home ;).
 

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Well I just learned today that after having a temporary litter box upstairs Gizmo will no longer use the downstairs box that he has used for 6+ years without issue.
That is my concern ie we have 4 boxes in the basement which are all used successfully by our 2 cats.

If we add one on another floor because of the arrival of a new feline then I wouldn't want the other 2 cats to start using this new single box.


It's not entirely 'appropriate' having a litterbox in my bedroom
I agree completely and I have never been in your bedroom!
 

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If you are only using the basement as a place for the cats to go to the toilet, why on earth do you have so many litterboxes down there?
You added 2 on top of the 2 that were already there for your other cat.
You have two cats.
It's not like they say to each other, "Right, you take the ones on the left. I got the others."

Outside of being insistent you don't want a litterbox in a room which is fine, to each their own, why not consider something like a landing on the stairs. Like I have one on the landing of the stairs which lead to the attic. Not a high traffic area and the cats have privacy.
Obviously you'll put them where you want, we're just offering ideas and opinions which were asked for.
 

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Yes, it would make it easier from your point of view. But from your cat's point of view, to only have one place to go to the bathroom in a large house may not be convenient - and therefore they may find other places to go you would prefer they didn't. I'd rather have myself a bit inconvenienced than risk the other scenario.
I am under the impression that cats have quite good bladder control as compared to dogs and go less frequently then dogs?

And although only anecdotal, in the 15 years we have had cats, we have only had one room for litter boxes; and it has been this arrangement in multiple houses, with never an accident.
 

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well I say if you have a system that works then stick with it, (if it ain't broke don't fix it).

The only reason I am stuck with one in the bedroom is he simply refuses to use the one downstairs now.

I must admit I'm not overly pleased at having a litterbox in my bedroom lol, However I would take that any day over him peeing outside of the box or holding in to the point where he's harming his own health.
 

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If you are only using the basement as a place for the cats to go to the toilet, why on earth do you have so many litterboxes down there?
We always used two for the single older cat and so when the new kitten arrived we had the space to add two more!
(But I guess now that I think of it 4 is the `accepted` number if we do get the planned for kitten this coming summer)

Obviously you'll put them where you want, we're just offering ideas and opinions which were asked for.
I do appreciate the input. Because of this thread I will be adding one more room on a different level of our home to house a litter box.
 

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There are no rules. I have three cats and one litter box. My cats don't care if I move the box, change the type of litter, cut down on number of boxes - at one point I had three, then I went to two, and now one. Even moving twice in the past two years, they find the litter box and use it with no issues.

Your results may vary.
 
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