Taking into account the needs and preferences of each cat living in a multicat household will improve their individual wellbeing and promote feline harmony in the home.
Litter boxes and location
When it comes to litter boxes, the general rule is one box per cat in the household plus an extra one. This gives cats options, as some cats prefer more privacy than others and may have a preference for a particular location. Lining up all the litter boxes in a row is often perceived as one giant box and this can cause one or more of the felines in the household to do their business outside the box.
Cats also like to be able to see who else is coming or going from the box. Therefore, open boxes are best. Stay away from placing boxes in enclosed cupboards or under staircase recesses—this will prevent a very territorial cat from trying to trap a feline housemate in this space or attempting to ambush her as she exits.
It’s OK to scratch
Scratching is an innate feline characteristic. Cats scratch to relieve stress, sharpen their claws, stretch, and exercise. Some like to scratch vertically; others, horizontally. In a multicat household, it’s a good idea to offer a variety of scratchers...