Moving to a new townhouse…cat question!!

posted 1 year ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Busy bee

I don’t see why not!!! I have always kept my previously owned cat and foster kittens with everything in one room. Jus keep them closed in that one room for ~5 days so they get familiar with litter box placement and then start letting them out for extended periods of times to prevent accidents. If the room is carpeted, id suggest getting a nice thick plastic tablecloth or sheet to keep litter box and food on. Or a giant linoleum sheet or such from Lowe’s. 

Post # 3
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Blushing bee

For initial setup your idea seems great, just do not put litter boxes close to food/water, cats are sensitive to that.

For permanent location, you should wait and see what your cats tell you. If they accept their sanctuary, great. If they decide they prefer to spend their time downtairs more, perhaps you will need to adjust. 

Some links to help you brainstorm 

http://www.animalplanet.com/pets/best-place-to-put-a-litter-box/

https://m.petmd.com/cat/behavior/best-and-worst-spots-your-cats-litter-box

Where to Put Your Cat’s Litter Box

 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

Do your cats spend a lot of time with you when you’re home? Because if they do, they may end up scratching the couch if they don’t have their posts nearby when they’re feeling playful! Just a warning! Also do you have a laundry in the new house? I find the laundry to be the best room to put litter trays, as they’re tiled and people don’t go in there very often so you don’t have to look at them. But if one of the bedrooms doesn’t have carpet, it would certainly work too 🙂 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I like to have the cat furniture either near windows so they can look out, and/or where we we spend a lot of time because that’s also where the kitties spend a lot of time. I hear you on them being ugly, but I want them to get used and the kitties to be happy, so in the living spaces they go! 😐

Having the litter boxes out of the way in one room should be no problem. Our place is 1700 sq ft on two levels, so we have boxes on both stories. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

We also recently moved into a townhome with a cat, litter box, and cat tree–and baby!! We put the cat box in the basement so it is far away from the people most of the time, and the cat tree is in the living room so he can have his own space while hanging out with us. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I would not leave them locked in there for the first five days or so. Maybe a day, but if they seem like they want to explore, let them do so. I would put the litter boxes in two different spots in the house. Cats like to have options available. I would also spread out the cat trees throughout the house. As a PP said, follow their lead. If it seems like they are partial to a particular spot, put their tree there. If you don’t like the looks of the trees, maybe invest in new ones? There are some really nice cat trees these days. We have our big tree for our two cats in our family room, a smaller one in our bedroom, and litter boxes in our laundry room, main bathroom, and upstairs main bathroom.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

It sounds like a fine set up, but it sounds like you have two floors? You should have another litter box on each floor at least. 

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

twocaratpeony :  It sounds like a great set up but I am with PP, I think the cats only need to be isolated in one room for the first day before they explore the rest of the house. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I agree with ahartig—I’d at least put a litter box on each floor. I think having a “cat room” is perfectly fine, but you’re apt to have accidents if the cats decide the litter boxes are too far away. 

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper

I am also about to move to a 3-story townhouse and was planning to put the boxes in the basement. Never occurred to me to put multiple boxes on different floors…is this really necessary? One of my cats could afford to shed a few pounds lol so I was thinking having the boxes in the basement would spur him to move more….

Post # 13
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Busy bee

tiffanybruiser :  we live in a 3 storey townhouses and used to have a cat, he was fine with just the one tray on the bottom floor, we NEVER had any accidents!

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper

Beth7210 :  That’s encouraging! My cats have never had any accidents either but I’ve always lived in smaller apartments on one floor until now. I think I’ll go with the basement plan to start with, and if the cats start acting out I’ll put one box on another floor. I am just so excited at the idea of having the litter box out of the way finally!

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