Post # 1
SO and I are moving into a townhouse in about a month and I am needing some advice on where to put the cats litter boxes and cat trees.
I currently live with both kitties in my apartment that is about 800sqft, 1 bed/1bath, and the townhouse is going to be 1500sqft, 3bed/2.5bath. The litter boxes are currently in my bathroom because I have a large bathroom and they fit nicely however I absolutely hate them being in there for many reasons. Now the new townhouse has a master bed with en suite, and then two extra rooms and a smaller full bath in the hallway. All the rooms and full baths are upstairs.
I was thinking to use the smallest bedroom as the “cat room” and put their cat trees near the window and put their litter boxes in the corner. I don’t want to put their litter boxes in the hallway bathroom because I’d prefer to keep that open for our own use if needed and when guests are over as well. When we move the cats there I was going to do this set up anyway to give them their own little sanctuary with familiar things – have their food/water, litter boxes, and trees all in one room. Of course after a few days let them explore and move food/water to kitchen area.
Would it be OK to permanently have their cat trees and litter boxes in the same room? I don’t want the trees in the living room because I’m so tired of how ugly they are and how much fur is on them/difficult to clean.
Anyone dealt with this situation? Any suggestions or ideas?
Post # 2
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
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
Where to Put Your Cat’s Litter Box
Post # 4
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 # 5
laurenkate1 : Considering we are using SOs ugly brown couch I don’t think I would care *too* much if something *happened* to it 🤣 but I completely get what you mean, definitely something to think about. Maybe a smaller cat post in a corner for them to curl up on in the living room?
We keep those cardboard scratchers that lay on the floor and they DESTROY those things (very glad they do!) so I was going to keep some in the living room. It’s hard to tell if they hang around us by choice or if they do because their cat trees are five feet from the couch currently lol.
I just want to make sure their litter boxes are in a quiet place and that they feel safe using them. One of my boys is a bit OCD about the boxes and spends a lot of time digging. The other boy is a lil nervous when using it but has gotten better and a little more relaxed with age, he will be 1 year in August.
Post # 6
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
Post # 15
I think I’m going to have to live with cat trees in the living room, and then keep just the boxes in the extra bedroom. We do have two floors but there is no where on the first floor that I’m comfortable with a litter box. My mom has had cats her whole life and her current house has 3 cats and she keeps all the litter boxes in the basement and thru are fine. The same with my stepmom and dads house, they have 2 cats and keep the boxes in the basement and their house is 4 floors. I’ve heard this before but didn’t really understand it because my parents have never had issues.
I unfortunately don’t have a laundry room, just a laundry closet and the boxes would never fit in there plus it’s in the first floor hallway and I couldn’t keep the doors open if I wanted to.
Im thinking litter boxes in the upstairs room and then cat trees in the living room and extra bedroom that’s across the hall from the boxes?