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We are soon moving from a flat to a house. We've got one cat and he has two litter boxes right now. In the house there will be 2 bathrooms - one on the 1st floor and one on the 2nd floor. Question: how many litter boxes would you put and where? The first floor is kitchen/living room, the 2nd floor is bedroom. We are thinking of putting two litter boxes on the 2nd floor and one on the 1st floor. Or should we put two on the 1st as well? Our cat doesn't like peeing and pooping in the same litter box and sometimes he does number 2 right after number 1, that's why we have 2 litters. But now with two floors we are going to have two bathrooms and we as humans don't want to to have ro climb upstairs or downstairs to go to the toilet. So now we are puzzled if it will be a problem for our cat or not.

We are soon moving from a flat to a house. We've got one cat and he has two litter boxes right now. In the house there will be 2 bathrooms - one on the 1st floor and one on the 2nd floor. Question: how many litter boxes would you put and where? The first floor is kitchen/living room, the 2nd floor is bedroom. We are thinking of putting two litter boxes on the 2nd floor and one on the 1st floor. Or should we put two on the 1st as well? Our cat doesn't like peeing and pooping in the same litter box and sometimes he does number 2 right after number 1, that's why we have 2 litters. But now with two floors we are going to have two bathrooms and we as humans don't want to to have ro climb upstairs or downstairs to go to the toilet. So now we are puzzled if it will be a problem for our cat or not.

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I have also heard the rule "one box per cat + one extra" and suffered the consequences of not having enough litter boxes when I suddenly had three cats in a one bedroom apartment. Long story short I was peed on while sleeping :O

If I had a huge house, I might put one on each floor, but leave any front or guest bathrooms litter-free if possible. It might also depend on how covered the litter box is, I recently saw one in a condo that was like a spacepod the cat took steps up into and the whole thing spun to dispose of the clumps of litter... Too big to put in a bathroom, most likely.

Theres always trial and error, try out more litter boxes than you need and see which ones get the most use? Best of luck and congrats on a new home :)

That’s the litter robot. It’s great, cost a fortune but would buy it again in a heartbeat

We have one cat and one large litter box. It works for us, and our cat seems content. We live in a small-ish flat

I would recommend one per floor. Extra litter boxes, and the locations are up to you and your cat's preferences. I think it's just about trial and error.

Took us a while to find a litter box that was large enough for our cat, and sturdy enough that she wouldn't tip it over. She likes to stand on the edge

I have three cats and two automatic litter boxes. I was worried it wouldn’t be enough boxes because it’s not the amount of cats +1 rule, but with them being automatic, it has worked out totally fine. I keep them both in a small front office downstairs. The cats don’t seem to mind going downstairs to use them and seem to enjoy having their own private space.

[–] Redmage thehotline.org 0 points

Make sure they are always accessible. This sounds dumb and easy if you don't have kids, but once you have toddlers and a baby gate system to contain your child at all times... You may inadvertently contain the cats too

I have one = it’s the litter robot. The self cleaning feature solved our cats . Um . Fussiness. Have you considered one?

I only recently learnt about their existence! We have considered it, but don't know much about them yet. And they are quite pricey.

Anyway there is still this question if should but just one or one per floor.

[–] LunarMoose 1 points Edited

I have one for two cats - and there's no problem. I've never considered having a second one...... (all these considerations are news to me!). My house has two stories, fwiw.

[–] Amaryllis 2 points Edited

I've heard this rule: "One box per cat, plus one extra." So one cat wants two boxes, two cats want three boxes, three cats want four boxes, and so on. As for placement - spread them out. And I'd say put them in places that don't experience traffic, i.e. avoid hallways. For your cat specifically, and since you use three boxes, I'd say two downstairs and one upstairs sounds good!

We use two in the flat - but going to use three or four in the house.

Yeah hear this rule one box per car + extra one as well. It seems quite reasonable. We usually keep them in the bathroom - because it's easier to clean and also seems kind of logical. To be honest never understood people who put them in hallways.

[–] hmimperialtortie Cats. Just cats. 2 points

If you have the room and can afford it, you could do two per floor. I have never had more than one litter box (actually a large baby bath) however many cats I’ve had, but I’ve never had stairs to deal with.

I have one big litter box for two cats and live in a small two story house. It's never been a problem.

[–] hmimperialtortie Cats. Just cats. 0 points

Do you keep it upstairs or down? Do they use the stairs much generally, like sleeping in upstairs and downstairs rooms? (This is purely idle curiosity about cat behaviour.)

I’m in a bedsit now and recently downsized to a sifting litter tray, the sort made for wood pellet litter. The litter experiment failed but the tray was a good purchase, lol.

It's downstairs. They sleep in both upstairs and downstairs rooms and are constantly going up and down, often depending on where we are in the house.

Oh wow, do your cats share their litter box peacefully? What if they both want to go at the same time?

[–] hmimperialtortie Cats. Just cats. 1 points

The current pair never have wanted to go at the same time, luckily! There’s always a bit of a gap between one and the other going. They like timing it for when a human’s using the loo a lot of the time, lol. (They have a smaller bin now, my current bathroom is too small for the old bath.) I had five cats for years, and while they did use the outdoors at times, they’d come in to use the litter just as often, and all slept in the one room at night, and managed to share.