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Three Tricks to Prevent Kitty Litter Scatter

by Erin Platt May 14, 2016 0 Comments

Three Tricks to Prevent Kitty Litter Scatter

Who doesn’t love walking through the house barefoot and having kitty litter sticking to the bottom? Having to wear shoes to go from your bedroom to the kitchen so that the smelly litter doesn’t stay on your feet until your next shower. Sounds like a great plan…not.

So how can we make it stop? Or at least contain the litter to one place so that the smell doesn’t overpower your home. Because frankly, I don’t know about you, but the smell of poop and litter tends to put a stopper in my appetite.

My dear readers and fellow cat-lovers, you’re in luck! There are some tips and tricks that can make your cat's mess stay in one place and keep the smell from taking over your life. He's worth the time and mess, but that doesn’t mean we have to live in litter!

 

How To Reduce The Kitty Litter Scatter

Oh the pleasant smells of home. Dad’s cookies baking in the oven. Mom’s cinnamon candles scattered throughout the living room. Cat poop and kitty litter throughout the house.

 Wait. What? Dino’s done it again. Decided covering up his poop in the litter box, and in doing so scattering the litter to the four winds, was the smartest move he could make that morning. And if we’re being honest, the move he makes every morning.

 Who doesn’t love walking through the house barefoot and having kitty litter sticking to the bottom? Having to wear shoes to go from your bedroom to the kitchen so that the smelly litter doesn’t stay on your feet until your next shower. Sounds like a great plan…not.

 So how can we make it stop? Or at least contain the litter to one place so that the smell doesn’t overpower the delicious smell of cookies wafting out from the oven. Because frankly, I don’t know about you, but the smell of poop and litter tends to put a stopper in my appetite.

 Well, my dear readers and fellow cat-lovers, you’re in luck! There are some tips and tricks that can make Dino’s mess stay in one place and keep the smell from taking over your life. He's worth the time and mess, but that doesn’t mean we have to live in litter! There are ways to live with your fur baby without needing shoes in the house.

 

Litter Scatter Mats – To the Rescue!

These handy mats will be a life-saver. Made of vinyl and chemical free, these babies will stop the trek of litter throughout the house. Many people make the mistake of getting mats that are barely bigger than the litter box. Think function people. You need a mat that will be much larger than your box to catch all the litter little Snowball daintily kicks over the side when she's digging to China, I mean burying her poo.

 The BPA-Free Cat Litter Mat from Smiling Paws Pets is functional, but also easy to clean. I waited a long time to finally cave and get a mat because the thought of not only scooping the poo from the box, but scrubbing the mat was just too much. (I love my animals, but I’m still a little girly about having to clean up after them.) With this type of mat, however, you can just shake the excess litter into the box, and hose it down every so often. I wasn’t being flippant (for once!) when I said it was a lifesaver.

 Side note. If you’re like me, you might be wondering what on earth BPA-free means. Well, good old Google came to my rescue and I did a little research for you. BPA is a chemical found in a lot of plastics that, when ingested, might cause high blood pressure and possibly affect your brain activity. The FDA is still doing it’s own research, but having BPA-free products are definitely a safe way to go. If Snowball decides during her daily grooming session that giving her litter scatter mat a good lick is on her agenda, you can rest easy knowing she’s safe! (Though you might want to provide her a few more toys to avoid the sanitary fun of having a cat that likes to lick kitty litter mats…)

 

Prevent Litter Scatter

 Now we’ve talked about the mat, which will definitely help contain the litter to one area, but what about when little Rascal decides to live up to his name and fling litter around like it’s his job? Because, if he’s being up front with you, Rascal will admit that making such messes are absolutely his job.

 Along with your litter mat, having a litter box with higher walls can definitely help keep Rascal’s mess contained to the box. While there are options with a full cover, I’d be careful going with those kinds of litter boxes. Cats are very particular and not all like feeling closed in when doing their business. You may find that trying to contain his mess that way can lead to the joy of finding more of Rascal’s poo in other fun places in the house. Like your pillow or in your shoes in the closet.

 Thankfully that isn’t said from experience, but my poor neighbor went through the hide and seek with poop game when she bought a covered litter box. It was an interesting couple of weeks before she decided to simply go with a box with higher walls.

 There are a ridiculous number of options out there when it comes to litter and litter boxes. Sometimes the best way is to simply let Rascal decide.

 

How to Keep Litter from Tracking

 You got the box with high walls. You bought the awesome mat. And while your house smells infinitely better and you don’t have to worry about walking barefoot anymore, little Mouse still brings some of the litter with him when he finishes his business.

 Stick with me here, because I’m about to tell you to clean. Please don’t get me wrong, I hate chores. Folding laundry and doing dishes are not at the top of my list favorite things to do on a rainy afternoon. However, taking five minutes to vacuum just the area around your litter box and mat as part of your daily routine can save you the full day of cleaning and vacuuming the entire house every weekend. My kids are pretty good about cleaning up around the box and around the bunny cages (our house is a bit of a petting zoo). It’s all about incentive. Weekly allowance is an amazing invention.

 Point being, the little sweeping or vacuuming done daily, combined with the tricks and tips of the right litter box and scatter mat, will save you, your nose, and Mouse in the long run.

 Hopefully those cookies finally taste pretty good without having to worry about stepping in litter or smelling it in the kitchen before you eat. You have a cat, which tells me you know he or she is worth the small headaches involved with the maintenance side. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a clean and good-smelling house!


Do you have any other tips up in your sleeves? Share it with us in the comments below
Erin Platt
Erin Platt

Erin has 6 years experience working directly with Cats in a Chicago based VET. Since 2014, Erin has also contributed to various pet magazines including AGE, NY times and LA weekly writing pet related articles. Her focus is mainly of health issues, pet food and housing.



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