Tips For Controlling Cat Litter Tracking

March 4, 2019

As much as we love our little furballs, living with them can truly be a rollercoaster ride. From adorable memories and fluffy wake-up calls every morning to more litter on the floor than inside the litter box, it is all about learning to control all the tiny pet peeves and enjoying quality time with our feline family as much as possible.  

Kitties are immaculate when it comes to their litter boxes and bodies. However, they will not lose any sleep over your house looking like a true litter war zone, so it is up to you to reduce litter tracking in your home and here are some neat tips and tricks that will help you keep your floors clean 24/7.

cat in plastic litter box on floor

Use Dust-Free Litter 

As we frequently point out, clay litter comes with a lot of unwanted silica dust that usually sticks to kitty paws and gets scattered all over your home. Switching to a dust-free brand will help you eliminate or at least reduce the amount of tracked litter. Heavier litters also tend to scatter less than overly lightweight variants. Newspaper pellets are ideal when it comes to staying inside the litter box, but we definitely would not recommend this type as a viable option in any other regard.  

Get A Litter Box With A Side-Guard Or Higher Walls 

This is one of the simplest and most effective changes to implement since it literally puts a barrier between the litter tray and the rest of your home. Your kitty will have a much tougher time kicking the litter out of the box, no matter how feisty and hyperactive he or she is. However, note that higher walls may present a huge obstacle for older and/or disable cats so make sure to provide them with an easy-access entry point.  

Sphynx cat sitting in a blue litter box

Get A Litter Mat 

When paired with a top-quality dust-free litter, a good mat will attract any excess particles still stuck to your cat’s paws and prevent them from spreading any further. Just make sure not to go too fluffy since litter may stick to those kinds of mats so tightly that you will not be able to remove it with a regular vacuum cleaner.  

Place Your Litter Box On A Hard And Smooth Surface 

Let’s face it, some of the litter will probably still manage to get past all your defense mechanisms and end up on your floor. When that happens, it is essential that it does not come into direct contact with any carpets. In other words, you want to place your litter box on laminate, tile or hardwood floors where you can remove excess litter easily by vacuuming or simply wiping the surface clean. Carpets and litter boxes do not go well together. 

Use Only Quick-Clumping Litter 

If your chosen litter does not clump immediately, your pets will end up walking all over wet litter, which will cling to dry litter and scatter it outside the box. Not to mention that cats do not like moist toilets, so this can create room for potential litter box avoidance.  

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