Hi group,
I hope someone here can help me with this. I have had two female cats, adopted from the shelter together, for about four years. Recently a male cat has adopted us. He is grown but still young, and we did have him neutered when he decided to stay with us. The two females tolerate him, one more than the other, but they don't really like him.

Lately we have been having bathroom issues: somebody has been peeing on the bathroom rug and in the houseplants. I think we have figured out the problem. When the females are in the litterbox, the male sneaks up on them and attacks them as they are leaving it. So now they don't want to go to the litter box. I don't blame them.

How do I fix this? Move the litterbox? Chunk the male outside every night? Teach the females to use the toilet?
Cheryl
Hi group, I hope someone here can help me with this. I have had two female cats, adopted from the ... I fix this? Move the litterbox? Chunk the male outside every night? Teach the females to use the toilet? Cheryl

How many boxes do you have? Is there an alternate place for them to go?

Karen
Two boxes, both in the upstairs tub, which is why it is so easy for the Troll to sneak up on them they can't see him. All of them are indoor/outdoor cats though, and they go outside as well. I have toyed with the idea of putting a litterbox outside, but what if it rains? :-)

Cheryl
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Two boxes, both in the upstairs tub, which is why it is so easy for the Troll to sneak up ... outside as well. I have toyed with the idea of putting a litterbox outside, but what if it rains? :-)

Are the litter boxes covered? If so, remove the covers.

Now, your young male cat cannot be in two places at the same time.

I'd suggest getting two more litter boxes, then place the four boxes you will have each in a different location in your home.

"Its the bugs that keep it running."
-Joe Canuck
Two boxes, both in the upstairs tub, which is why it is so easy for the Troll to sneak up ... go outside as well. I havetoyed with the idea of putting a litterbox outside, but what if it rains?-) Cheryl

Hi Cheryl,
You could dig over a patch of soil outside and the cats can use that .
But why not move the boxes from the bath and position them in a place where they *can" see the Troll and won't get ambushed. Alison
Thanks, Alison. Though we have a two-story house, our rooms are fairly small and there are not many places to have a litterbox. We used to have a box in our bathroom downstairs but Cleo kept waking us up at 5 am with loud and lengthy scratching. So:
- I have put another litterbox in the guest room, which is otherwise crammed with stuff, but I really don't think that will work long-term because it is not far enough away from the other boxes.

- I am going to buy some play sand and make an outdoor sandbox for them in the side yard. They are making a mess of the yard anyway.

- I will raise the litterboxes in the tub with phone books or something so they can see Sullivan the Troll. I think his little game won't be as much fun if he can't sneak up on them.

- AND, I really am going to try to train them to use the toilet. They are very smart and I think it would be nifty.
Thanks to all who responded. If you have any more ideas, please keep 'em coming.
Cheryl