Moving to a new townhouse…cat question!!

posted 1 year ago in Pets
Post # 17
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Bumble Beekeeper

twocaratpeony :  Totally agree. In my old apt, which was a studio, I had the box in the bathroom. It was convenient because I have the Breeze system where you scoop the poop directly into the toilet, but ugh it was so gross sharing a bathroom with the cats lol. In our current apartment I actually have it in the entry hallway kinda tucked behind a large room divider/screen thing. I like that I can’t see the box unless I go behind the screen, but anytime a cat shits it stinks up the apt right away which is just nasty. Also our bedroom is right off that hallway and it is SO LOUD when the cats use the litter box in the night. Effin cats man. The basement litter box solution in our new place is like a dream for me – I really hope it works!

Post # 18
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Bee Keeper

So we live in a small house, we have our cat’s box in the guest bathroom, constantly cleaned for guests (so they don’t have to smell it), and the cat’s food is on the opposite side of the bathroom.  Her water is in our bathroom, and in the kitchen.  her play toys and cat tree are in the living room.  We’ve allowed for it to be that way because she has been okay with that.  

Post # 19
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Mexico

My cats have their own bedroom in my house and they love it. Their food, water, trees and toys are in there and although they have free reign of the house, they choose to spend most of their time in their room. We keep their cat litter in our main entry room though because there’s more space there and we don’t use it a lot. We keep it in a cat litter enclosure, so it looks more like regular furniture. If you google, “cat litter enclosure” you’ll find some good options for ways to keep the cat litter from being so visible and also contain the odor more.

Post # 20
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Busy bee

I have four dogs and one cat in my household.  The animals have a small room all to themselves.  I installed shelving in the closet of that room so the cat can jump from one shelf to the next and eat her food away from the dogs.  Cats love being elevated and able to see their surroundings when they eat anyway, but this has the added bonus of the dogs not stealing her food.  Her litter box is situated at the bottom of the shelving, and it’s the only one in the house (2600 sq ft).  She didn’t have any trouble finding it from day one, and she will go downstairs to use it even if she’s taking a snooze on my bed.  Cats can smell their litter boxes from a huge  distance away, even if they were outside.  If you transition your kitties from one room to the rest of the house within a couple days, I think they’d be fine. 

Of course, I have one cat and five scratching posts due to the size of my home.  I have one scratching post per major room, situated directly next to the furniture.  She uses them, no problem.  

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

AddyLynn :  yes I am 100% behind the litter box furniture!! That’s what we have, and it helps cover the smell and the appearance of them sooooo well !!!

my Fiance made this awesome one, and we also bought a couple online. So worth the cost to not have to see or smell the boxes. 

Post # 23
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Busy bee

twocaratpeony :  This may be weird, but we keep our cat’s litterbox on the floor of a closet and we keep the door open all the time. That way she has a little separation and privacy from the rest of the apartment and we don’t have to look at it everytime we walk in the room, haha. Our cat seems to enjoy having that little “bathroom” to herself. It keeps it far away from her food and water as well. 

But I love the idea of a cat room, haha. I plan on doing that someday when we move to a bigger place.

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

.emilyjoanna :  The photo doesn’t show it, but there is an entry hole on the side facing the door. I left the doors open for a couple days while they got used to it, then shut them and they figured it out instantly.

Post # 26
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Busy bee

Ive seen some awesome litter box furniture hacks like the one above! Ikea hacks has lots of them too if you wanted something to blend in 

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

My neighbor has a cat room where she keeps the cat trees, litter boxes, and plenty of toys. They have access to the rest of the house but that’s their main space and where they stay when she’s gone for an extended amoutn of time. Seems like it works well!

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