My brother is coming for a 6 day visit. I have 3 cats who are very skiddish and not used to having anyone else besides my husband and myself in the apartment. One of my cats previously had a constipation problem which is now under control. She loves to use the litter box in the kitchen because it is in a corner and very private. But when my brother visits, he will be staying in the livingroom which is right near the kitchen. Since the bedroom is their hiding place when we have visitors, I think she will probably want to stay in there. I have put a litter box in that room in a corner but it is not that private like the kitchen area. She has not used that one in the bedroom because she loves the one in the kitchen. I want to put up a privacy screen around that litter box but I can't find one that will sufficiently cover the box-because it is so big. Should I get a slightly smaller litter box so that a screen will cover it which will make it more private for her or should I just leave the same kind of box in the bedroom that she uses in the kitchen and put a screen over it that would not sufficiently cover the box. Which is more important for her-privacy or using the same kind of litter box? Sorry for such a long question but I need to make sure she will use the litter box in the bedroom if she is afraid to to into the kitchen while my brother is visiting.
Type of Animal: cat
Name of Animal: Winnie
Cats can be very fussy about their litterboxes, and I hope that your brother's visit will not cause any problems.
I do think that changing the litterbox completely would be more stressful, and you would be better off with a screen that gives partial privacy.
If there are enough boxes and she has to go, she will find one!
You can also feed her wet food while your brother is around to help her stay hydrated and avoid constipation
I hope that helps
Well, there is another corner (in the livingroom) where my brother will be sleeping but is at the other end of the livingroom (we have a very big livingroom) where I can put another box. This way she will have as many litter box options as possible.
I think that is a good idea. Make sure she is still drinking plenty of water, give wet food, or even ask your vet for a stool softener (lactulose) for while your brother is visiting to keep her from getting constipated
Small animals, special interest in orthopedics and neurology