Ugh, nothing is worse than having litter bits stuck to your feet. Well, maybe finding them in your bed is worse. That’s when you whistle a little tune and say to yourself, “Don’t think about where that’s been. Whistle, whistle, whistle. Don’t think about where that’s been.” Sigh.
Some cats drag more litter out of the boxes than others but regardless, all cats track some. Here are some things to consider if you want to reduce the tracking mess:
Cleaning Diligence – I know it’s a pain in the butt but keeping the immediate area swept keeps litter bits from migrating to all corners of the house. I love my Bissell PowerEdge Pet or just a regular broom and dustpan for litter scatter.
Type of Litter – Some litters track more than others. In my experience, lightweight litters are the worst offenders while heavier, coarser litters tend to stay in the box better.
Litter Box – Try different kinds of litter boxes. Some people put their boxes in the tub in the spare bathroom. Others have shared that a large plastic kiddie pool works great. Some people swear by their top entry litter boxes. For top entry, you can also go the DIY route and use a large storage tub with a hole in the top. Check out this one for an example of a DIY top entry box.
High-sided litter boxes like NVR Miss help with litter scatter for those kitties who like to kick litter, not to mention kitties who love to pee over the side of regular boxes.
Litter Catchy Things – There are plenty of trays, mats and rugs made specifically to catch the litter. These probably work fine but there are lots of things that you probably have around your house that work great too. I have used a washing machine tray . Other readers say a big shaggy bathroom mat works wonders. Carpet remnants, rubber boot mats, etc. also do wonders catching those little bits.
Do you have litter scatter issues? What’s the weirdest place you’ve found bits of litter? What solutions have you found to work?