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Subject: If you have 2 cats.......
Date Posted: 9/15/2009 7:32 PM ET
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do you also need 2 litter boxes, food/water dishes???

Our cat recently died (she was 17!!) and we are planning to get kittens from the shelter around Thanksgiving. But we were thinking perhaps 2 this time. Litter mates hopefully. Both female.

While our house is quite large and there is certainly enough room for 2 cats, I'm not sure if we have room for 2 of everything. Can they? Will they share??

Thanks for the help!

Date Posted: 9/16/2009 12:17 PM ET
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We have always had 1 box per cat and we tried to put them in different areas of the house.  I only have 1cat now and I still have 2 litter boxes.

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 8:45 PM ET
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Ideally you should have one litterbox per cat plus an extra. I would definitely have two food dishes though I've never had trouble with only having a single water dish. If you want kittens, you might consider looking at the shelter now rather than waiting until Thanksgiving. We're getting on toward the end of kitten season (thank goodness).

Date Posted: 9/24/2009 3:45 PM ET
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They can share but its best if you have 2 litter boxes.  Mine seem to like to pee in one and poo in the other.  Especially if you have two of the same sex it will help prevent territorial fighting.  Two female cats together can be especially b*tchy, lol, even littermates.

I do have two food and water dishes also, one downstairs and one up, but I don't think it would be super necessary.  I think having an extra litter box is more important.

Date Posted: 10/1/2009 10:04 PM ET
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We have two cats and we usually have 3 or 4 boxes (they are all in the same place- in the basement) plus we have on cat who usually goes out side to do her business....


Each cat has her own dish, but they share the water dish with the dog...nobody seems to mind.


Date Posted: 10/2/2009 10:13 AM ET
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Thanks everyone!

Subject: cats
Date Posted: 10/3/2009 1:06 AM ET
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We have 3 cats, and we used to have 2 litter boxes, but we went to petco and found a HUGE ONE.  I mean, this sucker is big enough for them all to fit in at once.  I find that having one litter box helps keep the crapet and floor clean of excess litter.  We also only have 1 food and 1 water dish.  My cats have never had a problem with it.

Date Posted: 10/4/2009 1:58 PM ET
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My 3 cats all do fine with 1 extra large litter box...I completely discard the litter once a week.  My cats all share one long rectangular food dish.  It's actually a plastic drawer organizer that I repurposed as a cat food trough.  The 3 cats & 1 dog all share the water dish, which works out fine because they have fresh water daily since I have to refill it at least once a day.  They also share my bed with me, so I guess I've taught my pets how to share. :) 

Date Posted: 12/13/2009 5:15 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/19/2009 4:18 AM ET
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we have two cats (both neutered males), and only one jumbo-size litter box.  also only one food dish and water dish.  this is the first time we've had two indoor-only cats, but we haven't had any problems with sharing food or litter boxes in the past either.

fortunately the 8 month old part Maine Coon we adopted, who is definitely bigger than our older cat (who was 12 then, 14 now), is very mellow and has continued to let our older cat be 'in charge' and eat first.

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 10:39 PM ET
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i have two cat in a small studio apt. obviously only one box. i do have two bowls that they both eat out of. the neighor's cat does as well ifi have the cat's window open. i live in a very rural location and weather permiting they do thier busines out side as well. it is usually better to get two kittens together though. it redirects all that energy that kittens ooze out the ears and away from furniture,feet, older cats, and what ever else catches their interest. they both drink out of the same water dish.