Cats are wonderful companions. They help ease loneliness, give unconditional love, and can be very entertaining to watch. While the litter box is a necessity when you have a cat, it can be quite messy. One of the most common complaints cat owners have is that they find litter all over the house – on the floor, in the laundry, and even in their sheets. Try using these tips from Catster.com for reducing the amount of litter your cat tracks around the house.
Change Your Litter: Clay litter and litter containing bigger pieces tend to track less than lighter litter and corn- and wheat-based litter does because the bulkier litter doesn’t get stuck in your cat’s paws as easily. However, not all cats want to use clay or bulkier litters. Use whatever litter your cat prefers.
Contain the Litter Box: If you have a spare bathroom, you can use the spare shower stall or bathtub as a place for your cat’s litter box. This option is not a good one if you have a kitten or an arthritic cat, though.
Alternatively, you can purchase a plastic kiddie pool to put your cat’s litter box in. This way, your cat can kick litter around as much as he wants, and it won’t get all over your floor. Additionally, by the time your cat steps out of the kiddie pool, much of the litter he gets on his paws while in the litter box should fall off, so he’ll track less around your home.
Litter Boxes with Built-In Track Pads: Some litter boxes contain built-in track pads that help trap litter as your kitty steps out of the box. When you scoop your cat’s box for the day, be sure to clean the track pad as well. Otherwise, the litter will end up building up and spilling on the floor.
Trim Hair Between Toes: If you have a long-haired cat, you may want to consider rimming the hair between her toes. Doing so will help keep litter granules from getting stuck there and being tracked all over your home. You don’t have to cut the hair very short – just trim it so that it is next to your kitty’s paw pads.
Use a Litter Mat: Placing a mat in front of your kitty’s litter box will also help trap litter. Litter mats come in many types of textures. Your cat may prefer certain types of textures over others, so you may have to try out a few mats before you find one that your cat likes.
When you have a cat, a litter box is a necessity. Finding litter all over your home can be irritating. Try utilizing these strategies to help reduce the amount of litter your cat tracks.