As a pet sitter in Mesa AZ I find that generally people do not have the proper number of litter boxes in their home. The number of litter boxes is determined by how many cats you have. You should have 2 litter boxes for each cat. YES! TWO per cat. Why?
When you have multiple cats in a household they may argue over who has the right to potty in the litter box. If you only have one litter box for 2 cats, one cat may mark the box as theirs, leaving the other cat no where to eliminate other than your floor. This means, if you have 6 cats you NEED 12 litter boxes. I know cats are adorable, but you need to keep in mind how many litter boxes you need and if there is room in your home for all those boxes. If there isn’t room in your home for another litter box, there may not be room in your home for another kitty.
Cats like to have options. So even if you only have 1 cat, you will want your cat to be able to go to the bathroom where they feel the most comfortable.
I’ll share a story with you:
A client, who is to remain nameless, has 4 cats in their household. They have 3 litter boxes. They have come up a little short on providing their cats with an adequate number of toilets for their cats. Based off the estimation above, how many litter boxes should they have? If you said 8, you are right! So they were short by 5 litter boxes!
What was happening was, one cat would “claim” a fresh litter box as his own. By claiming, he would urinate in the box and lay in it, making sure the other cats KNEW that box was his. This left 2 litter boxes for 3 cats. I’m sure you can imagine how quickly those litter boxes got dirty. After pet sitting for a day I realized that the cats were urinating in other parts of the house because their boxes got dirty very quickly. I lifted a litter box up to empty it and found a puddle of urine UNDER the litter box. There wasn’t a hole in the box, the cat had pee’d just outside the box. I also found urine under a chair and coffee table. I felt horrible that I was not able to keep up with the litter box mess. But I was set up for failure, as the parents are also setting themselves up for failure.