3. Convenient Location for the Litter Box
Nobody wants a litter box in the middle of the living room, but make sure the location is convenient for your cat. If you live in a two-story home there should be a box on each floor. In a multicat home the boxes should be scattered so one cat doesn’t have to pass another cat’s area in order to eliminate. To prevent risk of ambush, don’t locate boxes in closets or closed-off areas. Give your cat maximum visual advantage so when he’s in the litter box he has adequate warning time in case an opponent approaches.
The litter box shouldn’t be located near the feeding station. We don’t eat in the bathroom and cats don’t eat where they eliminate either. For cats this is actually an important survival rule that even the most pampered indoor cat will feel compelled to follow.
Be mindful of physical limitations your cat has. If he has trouble going up and down stairs don’t place the box down in the basement or in a spot that’s difficult for him to access. If you have a kitten, place the box in a hard-to-miss location. Kittens don’t have enough bladder control yet so don’t make them go on a litter box hunt when nature calls.
Remember, keep it simple and follow the 1-2-3 rule. Your cat will appreciate it.
Need More Information?
For more specifics on the proper litter box set-up or for help with litter box aversion problems, refer to the best-selling books from Pam Johnson-Bennett, including Think Like a Cat and the latest release, CatWise. Pam’s books are available at bookstores everywhere, through your favorite online book retail site and also here on our website.
If you have a question about your cat’s behavior, you can find information in the articles on our website as well as in Pam’s books. If you have a question regarding your cat’s health, please contact your veterinarian. This article is not intended as a replacement for your cat’s veterinary care.