There are few things less appealing than walking around your house and feeling little grains of kitty litter under your feet. Of course, every cat supply company knows this, and they’ve created all manner of gadgets, geegaws and widgets to control cat litter tracking. But I’ve got some additional ideas to curb cat litter tracking that I think you’ll love.
If your cat likes to dig and dig and dig, she’s probably scattering kitty litter all over the place as she does so. One of the best solutions I’ve seen for dealing with a “litter miner” is to use a high-sided storage tote with an entrance cut into one side. Sand the plastic around the edges of the opening to prevent discomfort and injuries.
A good litter mat must be at least a foot longer than your box to give your cat enough space to get the litter off her paws before she makes her rounds of the house. My favorite to control cat litter tracking — and I’ve been playing the litter mat game for years — is the type that has a surface with a texture like that of a loofah sponge. It traps the litter crumbs as the cat walks out of the box.
Even with a litter mat and a high-sided litter box, you’ll still have some cat litter tracking. It’s a fact of cat guardian life. So keep a small cordless vacuum cleaner or a broom and dustpan near the box. Every day, give the area around your litter box a quick sweep or vacuum, and that will go a long way toward containing the cat litter. (Never sweep or vacuum while your cat is using the litter box.)
Cats are notorious for having very strong litter preferences, but some types of litter track less than others. Some lightweight litters track more than heavier ones, so consider that when thinking about your cat’s litter box. If you do decide to change your cat’s litter, do it very slowly; otherwise you might end up with a litter box avoidance problem on your hands.
Try putting the litter box in a bathtub or in the middle of a large washing machine tray to keep the litter near the box rather than all over the floor. If your cat is really big, and you have the extra space, you could even try putting the litter box inside a kiddie pool. One note of caution: This is not a good idea if you have elderly cats or kittens, though, because they’ll have trouble getting to it.
Ultimately, cat litter tracking is something we all have to deal with, but these tips will help keep it contained to one small area.
If you can’t find a litter mat big enough to fit under your cat’s litter box in an attempt to curb cat litter tracking, don’t despair. There are other options available. Here are a few.
Tell us: How do you control cat litter tracking and scattering?
JaneA Kelley is the author of the award-winning cat advice blog Paws and Effect and a contributing writer at Catster.com. She is the board secretary for Diabetic Cats in Need, a nonprofit that helped save her diabetic cat’s life.
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