Maybe you have a cat who launches out of the box, scattering litter in every direction. Maybe you have a cat with a serious case of the after-potty zoomies or a cat who is an overenthusiastic digger. But even with cats who daintily do their business, their paws will still track litter across your floor, couches, and even your bed. Yuck!
So, what's the solution? If you're spending too much time sweeping litter off your floors, try these tips to control scattered litter:
- Use a litter box with a higher side: This suggestion is also good for cats with terrible aim. The higher the side, the better the box at containing both urine and litter. Top-entry boxes are also great since the act of jumping up and out will dislodge litter from paws. However, if you have a senior cat with mobility issues, you're better off trying a covered litter box with a ramp.
- Add a secondary containment: Get a large open container and put the litter box inside. If you're lucky enough to have a spare bathroom, you could also try putting the litter box inside the tub. The wall of the container or tub will make it easier to clean up scattered litter. For bathtubs, make sure to use a plug at all times because even flushable litter can clog drains.
- Buy a different litter: Heavier, denser ones tend to track less. Pellets stay in the box more often, unless if you have a cat who loves to play with them!
- Use a litter mat: They're designed to grab the litter off of paws as soon as your cat steps out of the box, turning a messy, stinky situation into a much more tolerable one. A bath rug can be used as a litter mat, but some cats may start to associate the texture of rugs with potty time. You don't want to accidentally train your cat to pee on your carpet!
Keep in mind that many cats are finicky about where to put their paws, and it's not unheard of for a cat to leap over a mat to keep from touching it. You'll have to look for a kitty litter mat made with a material that's not only easy to clean, but one that your cat will comfortably walk across. And don't forget about the bottom of the mat either. You'll want one that won't slip and slide whenever your cat lands on it.
- Have a broom or vacuum handy : While our last tip might be self explanatory, it's underestimated by many. Regular sweeps or quick vacuums around/near the litter box area prevents litter from being spread around. A small broom, dustpan or handheld vacuum is all you need to drastically reduce litter from spreading around your home.
Do you have any other tips and tricks to reduce litter scatter? Let us know in the comments!