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Q: How to solve Problem in a two cat home?

April 19, 2009 | By B M. | 9 answers | Expired: 1813 days ago

B M.

Need advice on how to handle this for my sister. She has 2 cats, and one of them has laid claim to the litter box. It will actually guard it and not let the other cat use it. She has tried using 2 litter boxes, but he laid claim to both of them!!! Which has resulted int he other cat having accidents.( When you gottago, you gotta go!! How can she get the one cat to stop dominating the "potty" all the time???

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Jillian
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Apr 20, 2009

she can continue to have only one litter box, the trick is to train the territorial cat to accept the other can using the box too.
if that cat wants to guard the box, let them. your sister just needs to be there when the other cat has to go and demonstrate positive association w/them using it. by this i mean, have her distract the cat thats guarding the box w/a toy or treats or petting, but still letting them see the other cat using it. she will have to keep watch on the box and do it every time, but within a couple of weeks her problem will be on its way out.

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Bowne
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Apr 20, 2009

I've got two cats and two litter boxes. They aren't usually territorial over them, but occassionally it happens. When it does, I put them in different places. This usually takes care of the problem.

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SISSI V.
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Apr 20, 2009

Oh, please don't spray the cat with water; next thing you know, that cat may not use the box no more either. I commend your sister for trying to deal with the problem rather than to get rid of one of the cats. I was lucky that my cats accepted each their own litter box. You have received good advise to add more litterboxex and to spread them out. One other thing, and it may be a little far fetched,or she may already be using one, but one of my cats did not like a box with a lid on it, but the other cat felt more comfortable in it. If she don't have one, tell her to give it a try. If all else fails, I would separate the cats with each one having access to a litter box. Cats are so weird!

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Ourstaff
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Apr 20, 2009

The suggestion to add boxes and spread them out is a good one. The bully can't can't be in all of them at once and the other cat will get to use them when he/she isn't looking. The other cat should settle into remarking the box after the other cat has used it.

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Diane H.
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Apr 20, 2009

They always say you should have litter pans equalling the number of cats you have, plus one extra. That may help. Strangely, I have 8 cats but never had this problem. Try to scatter the pans around; basement, upstairs, whatever room you have. Good luck. sorry you're having this problem.

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Emily B.
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Apr 20, 2009

I would suggest simply putting the two existing litter pans across the house from one another (but of course not too close to any sources of food, water, or near bedding)

it might also help to *completely* throw away all the current litter, and wash BOTH pans out with bleach (rinse very very well please!) this will cut the dominating cat's smell, and territory is marked with smell. It is likely that he/she will take over a pan again, but placing them so far apart might help while he/she is reestablishing territory (I've found this to work also with cats who don't want to use another cat's pan)

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Becky P.
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Apr 20, 2009

I would get another litter box and spread them apart from each other as much as possible. Hopefully the other cat can't guard all three.

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Gail S.
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Apr 20, 2009

I have 3 cats and I can attest that they do have a pecking order that they maintain. Your sister may want to try squirting the domineering cat with a spray bottle when he/she blocks the litter box. You might need to consult with a Vet. for this one! Good luck!

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Christie J.
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Apr 20, 2009

That is a tough one, but I think your sister needs to let the other cat know that she is in charge and not allow the behavior. I would try distracting the kitty with a yummy treat. For this to work though the treat must be a smelly one to get her attention. I have done with for other dominance issues and it has worked. Fact is one of them has to be dominant in the relationship that is just nature.

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