5 Tips for Controlling Cat Litter Tracking
We love our cats, but certainly not the mess they make around the litter box. Although cats are good at keeping their bodies clean, they are unapologetic when scattering litter around the house, and not good at cleaning up after themselves.
To make your life a little cleaner and easier we have come up with a few helpful ideas on how to keep cat litter in the box.
1. Use a Cat Litter Mat
Litter mats are truly wonderful. They are designed to minimize litter tracking through out the rest of the house. These mats will help the litter pieces and dust fall off when your beloved kitty exits the litter box, hence making sure that your house remains clean. You will have to clean off the litter mat from time to time, removing debris and odor.
2. Keep the Litter Box in a Large Box
This might seem like over kill, but placing the litter box inside another large box may do the trick. You can even line the bottom of the large box with cloth or plastic that you can dispose of from time to time. This additional box will prevent the litter from being scattered all over the floor and trap it. Consider using a mechanic oil tray or cement mixing tray or even a cardboard box.
3. Try a Non-Tracking Litter or Control Litter Amount
Some Non-tracking litters are heavy and harder to track. However, there are various types of litters available and you will have to decide which one works bets for you and your cat. We have reviewed several non-tracking litters you may want to consider checking out here.
Since some cats are picky about litter and are not impressed with heavy litters you may have to try other litter types. There are many crystal litters available that really do a great job and are dust free. Clumping litter can be great choice as well, and are low in dust. Also, your cat does not need a lot of litter in the litter box. The deeper the litter the more likely it is to end up stuck to kitty feet. A reasonable amount would be 2 to 3 inches of litter at the bottom of the litter box.
4. Reconsider Your Cat Litter Box
You may have already read our list of best cat litter boxes available but if you think you may need a replacement, it is a good place to start. Sometimes you may need a covered litter box or one with higher sides to keep the litter in place. Another litter box feature designed to keep tracking low, is a top entry style. Of course there are so many types of litter boxes, with special features and high price tags, switching often could get expensive. Once you have determined the issue and how the litter is getting out of the box, finding a litter box to prevent that issue will be easy.
5. Sweep and Vacuum the Litter Box Area
Vacuuming and sweeping the area around the litter box helps in reducing tracking of course. This maybe a daily chore and if you don’t have the right vacuum, litter maybe scattered more. Check out our review on best vacuums cleaners for cat litter if you are ready to make that purchase. There are also robot vacuums that can tackle the job for you but those tend to be expensive and not always good for litter clean up. Otherwise a good old-fashioned broom can do the trick. If you are doing this job daily, it will help reduce the litter from being spread throughout the house.
Consider Toilet Training Your Cat
Cats can learn to use the toilet and you can do away with litter boxes and litters. However you will be sharing your toilet with your cat. Cats are quite smart and can be taught to use the toilet and even flush when they are done. There are special training seats to help assist your cat with toilet training. Toilet training older cats or cats with medical issues may not be ideal . Also this process takes a lot of patience and 24/7 access to the bathroom for your cat. It is definitely not for every cat owner.
Other Tracking Issues
If your cat is tracking more litter than usual, something else maybe going on. If your cat is having a medical problem, he maybe struggling to use his legs or paws. Also, some older cats may struggle to get in and out of high sided litter boxes. If this is something that recently started, you may want to consider seeing your veterinarian to rule out any underlying health problems.
Your cat may be doing a lot of scratching around his litter box if it is not clean. Cats can be very picky about the cleanliness of their litter box and even refuse to use it, if it does not meet their high standards. If you find your cat digging around the box a lot and kicking litter all over, he maybe looking for a clean spot. Litter boxes should be cleaned daily to prevent this from happening.
Another reason you maybe finding an unreasonable amount of litter on the floor is your litter box size. If you have a larger breed cat, like a Maine Coon, you will need an over-sized litter box. If your cat is too big for the box, he maybe moving around a lot in the box to find room. This will cause more litter to get stuck in paws and fur which in turn ends up on your floor.
Since your cat will not stand up on two feet and start sweeping up his own mess, it maybe better to find other alternatives to keep your floors clean. Mats and daily cleaning can greatly help. Changing the litter box can also help but must be done right. Always place the new box next to the old one and gradually reduce the amount of litter in the old box.
Amy is the founder of Cat Mania and a life long cat lover. She also writes for various other pet related websites. She is passionate about helping pet parents create a healthy and happy lifestyle for their fur-babies.