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As too many of us know, once your cat discovers that there’s some place more desirable than her litterbox to pee or poop (due to whatever stress or environmental factor is causing a problem), it may take more than simple steps to resolve the issue. In fact, not using the litterbox properly is the leading reason why people surrender their cats to shelters, or abandon them in some other way. So, what I want to do with this article is not simply add to the heaps of information that are already out there, but: 1) simply and concisely share with you what I’ve found that works for a litterbox setup, and 2) help you avoid litterbox issues before they start.
Recently, a friend of mine asked me about getting a new cat and how difficult it would be to integrate it into her family that has an existing kitty. A lot of people expect cat introductions to be “difficult” – after all, cats tend to be solitary creatures, possessive of their territory and resources, right? Not always! Think about it – feral cats often live in colonies, in a combined effort to exploit food resources, protect their members, and even communally raise kittens. So shouldn’t our domestic kitties be able to get along together, living in peace within a family? Yes! They can, and they do.