cats doing the litterbox shuffle

@scribe1 (1207)
United States
June 27, 2007 1:42pm CST
When I saw my cat, Waffles, stepping into a litterbox used by Mimi, my newest addition, I shooed her away. After all, there are two existing litterboxes around, one in the kitchen and the other in the sunporch. The present location of Mimi's litterbox is temporary, as it is in my computer room where the floor is covered by an old rug. If my other two cats start using Mimi's litterbox, they may inadvertently pee on the rug, something I want to avoid. There is no way to permanently get rid of cat pee or its odor. Plus, the last thing I need is yet another litterbox to clean, like I don't have enough to do. So, am I so wrong for stopping Waffles from peeing in Mimi's litterbox? (Waffles peed in the kitchen litterbox later on.) Mimi is still getting acclimated to her new home and I don't want her to avoid using her own litterbox if another cat has peed in it. Or is my imagination just working overtime? After all, cat pee is cat pee, or is there a difference between one cat's pee and another's?
3 responses
@anij34 (317)
• United States
28 Jun 07
I think your right to do what you did. Its smart because like you said its impossible to get that smell out of the rug. By the way, I love the names Waffles! Thats so darned cute!
@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
29 Jun 07
Yeah, I like the name too. The cat got her name from the shelter. They've given Columbus his name too, which is just as well. I'm terrible in naming cats!
@ashlee67 (95)
• United States
27 Jun 07
I'm not positive on this, but I don't think it should be a problem for Waffles to use Mimi's litter pan. Since cats also mark their territory with pee, then it may encourage Mimi to use it more if she is still being litter trained. As far as shooing Waffles goes, it may discourage him/her from using the litter box altogether. Again, I could be wrong, but being a cat owner it just seems to make sense, IMO.
• United States
27 Jun 07
I have six cats and they share two litter boxes successfully. The thing is if you teach them that they can't use the same liter box then you will have to keep three litteboxes. Plus cats don't always like it when you change where their litter boxes are located so if you intend to move the one of the rug you don't want peed on you might want to do it before she gets attached to the spot. There are products with enzymes that do get cat pee out of rugs, carpets and clothes.