If you and your cat are living large in a small space, it's especially critical to get your litter box placement right. Finding the balance between out-of-the-way and easy-to-access is hard enough in a roomy house. When space is at a premium, it gets especially complicated.
Keep in mind the basics of litter box placement:
Create a space in your apartment that fits these criteria. If you can find more than one spot, try them both and figure out which one your cat prefers.
What if your spouse, partner, or roommate doesn't like the first spot you pick for the litter box? Can you move your pet's box without upsetting her?
The short answer is - it's best to leave the litter box alone once you've established its location. Imagine yourself trotting to the toilet only to discover someone had moved it while you were out. No fun.
Sometimes, however, you need to change the litter box location for some good reason. In that case, move it gradually. About an inch per day is a good rate…seriously.
It's tempting to line up those litter boxes like port-a-johns at the county fair. Don't do it though. To a cat, it can seem like the whole area is just one big litter box. Plus, a dominant cat may take the opportunity to prevent a mellow kitty from using either litter box.
Cats generally prefer not to eliminate in dark, foul, or frightening places. With that in mind, consider if the following rooms will work in your home:
If your litter box is in a social area, you'll need to be extra vigilant about odor control. Scoop the box at least once daily. Wash it with warm water and soap weekly. Change the litter once a week. And mix in plenty of baking soda. You should find this manages most odors. If not, try heating up a mixture of herbs and spices on the stove to add a fresh scent to your home, but avoid plug-in air fresheners or scented litters, which can irritate your cat.
With a well-designed, attractive, and cat-friendly box, you just need to put it in a place you and your cat can both live with for a long time together. 🐈
If you’re wondering whether you have the space to house a cat companion and are confident he can adapt to apartment living, the short answer is yes. The amount of square footage is not at all the key to the question.
What do cats who spend their entire lives on the street do? How long do they live? Do they socialize or fight? To answer these and other questions, researchers at the University of Illinois strapped a GPS device on 42 outdoor cats, some with human companions and some homeless.