Will Cats Share a Litter Tray?

If you have multiple cats at home, or you’re thinking about introducing a second cat or kitten into your life, you might be wondering whether you need to provide extra litter trays or if cats will share a litter box. The short answer is: multiple cats need multiple litter trays.

Let’s take a closer look at why this is, and what you need to consider.


Litter trays are essential, even for outdoor cats

Cat litter trays are an essential part of cat ownership, even for cats with access to the outdoors. Cats may not always feel comfortable going outside, whether that’s because of the weather or because of the presence of other neighbourhood cats, so it’s vital to provide a safe indoor place for your cat’s toileting. 

If you have one cat at home now, you likely only have the one litter tray. But if you’re introducing another cat to your home, you’ll need to ensure that you provide separate trays for your cats to use.


a long-haired grey cat is inside a covered cardboard natusan litter box, next to a bag of natusan cat litter

Will my cats share a litter tray?>

It’s possible that cats in multi-cat households will choose to use the same litter tray, but this should always be your cat’s choice, and multiple litter trays should be available. If cats are forced to share, it can result in them avoiding using the litter tray - or showing aggression towards each other. 

How many litter trays should I provide?

As a rule, it’s recommended to provide one litter tray per cat, plus one extra. The same goes for other essentials such as food and water bowls and beds. This is to ensure that every cat has their own personal space and to avoid any competition or aggression over these items.

When it comes to choosing the best litter box or litter tray, it comes down to purr-sonal preference: some cats prefer a covered litter box while others like an open litter tray. At Natusan we have both, so you can choose from our Recyclable Cat Litter Box or the Beco Cat Litter Tray.

a cardboard natusan litter box filled with natusan cat litter, shown within a home

Which cat litter is best?

So you know how many litter trays you need, but how do you know which cat litter to choose? We’ve put together a handy guide on which cat litter is best to help you make the right decisions for you and your cats. 

Natusan Wood is a great option for planet-friendly cat parents, and Natusan Wheat has the added bonus of being suitable for kittens! Whichever you choose, they’re both tight-clumping litters that cut down on waste - and make weekly tray changes a thing of the past! 

How often should I change my cats’ litter trays?

As we’ve already mentioned, Natusan’s tight-clumping means our litter lasts longer and can save you money - and it can also save you time, too. Cat owners who use non-clumping litters might be used to fully changing the litter tray once a week, but thanks to the tight clumps, Natusan means you can go up to a whole month between full tray changes. 

Just remove any clumps daily (which is where our Litter Scoop comes in handy!) and top up the tray with a little litter to bring it to the right depth, about 5cm. You can take a look at our article on how often you should change your cat’s litter tray to find out more!

an orange cat sits on top of their natusan litter box

07/04/2023 by NatuTeam

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