Ideally, yes you should have as many litter boxes as you have cats (not always practical, but in my opinion one cat is enough - cats sleep more than 15 hours per day, they don't actually REQUIRE a companion LOL)
But if more than one cat has selected your house as a lovely place to live in, you should probably also have a separate food dish for each cat (this doesn't always work, but it helps if they aren't all allowed to feed at the same time, or if the dishes aren't all lined up in such as way so as the bully cat eats everything lol). Usually, if you FEED them at different times of the day, they generally visit the catbox at different times of the day (I mean, do YOU want someone in the bathroom at the same time as you? lol)
Cats are quite fastidious and in my experience, HATE to "be watched" when doing private things, but on the other hand are more "wary" (read: wild) than dogs by nature and really really dislike like the "hood" attachments because that means THEY can't see what might "stalking" THEM, plus the fact that there is only ONE means of escape (not good on the Darwin scale of survival tactics).
Dogs, on the other hand, really DON'T care about the PC politics of pooping and eat or roll around in excrement from EVERY known animal (dogs included, but for some reason absolutely love things left behind by cattle and horses. Perhaps this is due to the fact that cats are true carnivores - so stop feeding them starches! - while dogs will dig up potatoes and carrots out of the garden and eat them raw).
As for the cat tearing up flowerpots on the balcony? Several possible solutions:
1) don't let it out on the balcony unattended (i.e. you can't "discipline" if you're not there!)
2) grow some grass or catnip (indoors) JUST for the cat. It will soon ignore your flowers in preference for the other (in the case of grass, they seem to crave it, be prepared to clean up vomit that is 95% green lol)
3) give your cat more toys to play with, or be more interactive with your buddy - maybe he/she is simply BORED (or quite young).
Cats aren't stupid. They CAN be trained. Mine walks on a leash, comes EVERY time she is called, plays "fetch" EXACTLY like a dog does and "guards" the house by alerting me to everything that enters our yard (even if it's just a bird lololol).
Cat just love to mess with your mind in order to see how much YOU will put up with in your role as "servant" in his/her house. But it's a misconception that you have to let them get away with ALL of their demands : )
Edited by Jakeroo (Wed Nov 17 2010 12:22 AM)
As much as I love my friends, I won't jump off a bridge WITH them. Instead, I think it's in our mutual interest for one of us to try to catch the other when they fall.