What is the solution to stop cat litter from going everywhere? It’s no fun stepping in cat litter especially with bare feet! Not quite as bad as stepping on Lego but it is up there!
Cats spread litter because some litter sticks on their fur and paws after using the litter box. To make it worse, some cats, kick and fling litter everywhere.
Five Ways To STOP Cat Litter From Going Everywhere
- Use A Decent Litter Mat
- Take A good Look At The Litter Box
- Invest In A Decent Vacuum Cleaner
- Toilet Train The Cat
- A Cardboard Box
1. Use A decent Litter Mat
A good litter mat is a reliable and effective way to help prevent litter spread but you need the best litter mat. Some litter mats don’t really stop the spread of litter.
This also applies to mats we have at the front door of our home. Some work well and others just don’t. Check yours out to see what sort of a job it really does. Is it trapping the litter?
The litter mats shown in the image are designed to be effective at trapping litter which will solve this problem. The litter mat is then shaken when needed to get rid of the litter.
It is also worth running the vacuum over the mat when vacuuming the general area.
These mats are called litter trappers because there are two layers. The top layer has a honeycomb structure for the litter to fall though. Then pick up the mat and emptying the litter back into the litter box. Voila! It just cuts down the amount of work needed to keep the area tidy.
Make sure the mat is bigger than the size of your cat’s litter box in order to catch all litter thrown out of the box. There’s more info about cat litter mats here.
2. Take A Good Look At The Litter Box
Significantly, go for the biggest litter box that will comfortably fit the area you have for the litter box.
You may not want a big box and you don’t want to be tripping over the litter box, however there is research to show that larger litter boxes are definitely better for kitty. Consider the space you have and whether a bigger box could be an option.
If your cat is large there is a good chance that litter is going to be difficult to contain. The problem may be that the litter box is too small.
This article is about litter boxes for large kitties.
Think about a covered litter box or a top entry litter box as your cat will not be able to kick the litter out of the box. Both types of litter box can help solve the problem of litter going everywhere and help keep your house clean.
3. Invest In A Decent Vacuum Cleaner
Not all vacuums are created equal but there are vacs that do specifically target pet hair. Choose a vacuum that is going to do the job of picking up litter and cat hair.
Our article Best Vacuums for Cat Litter , reviews pet vacuums plus a handheld vacuum and a carpet sweeper.
A good tip: Sweep the litter into a corner before you vacuum, just saves some time. I’m all about saving time here.
Do we like vacuuming ? Ugh – but there are way to make the chore easier. Yes, Mr Dyson I’m talking to you.
4. Toilet Train The Cat
OK, not quite as ridiculous as it sounds. It can be done. I have not done this but I would love to hear from someone who has done this successfully or tried and kitty wouldn’t cooperate.
I direct you to this excellent article that gives great advice if you decide to toilet train the cat. Please come back and tell us the success or otherwise of your venture.
5. A Cardboard Box
This is a handy tip that doesn’t involve buying a new litter box or anything else. Often the litter box we have is quite adequate even if there is something better that comes along. It just isn’t always practical or economical to keep updating.
Using the current litter box, place a cardboard box over the top litter box. Leave the front open or cut the front of the box so that the cat can easily enter and exit. We know how much cats like boxes so it should work like a charm.
You will need to source the right size cardboard box.
This will help contain the litter with very little extra effort and no cost. Hang on I may have to order something online to get the box – just kidding.
Chewy have a wide variety of cat litter box mats including the highly recommended two layered litter mats that trap the litter and make it easier to empty the scattered litter back into the box.
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Investing in a vacuum that works well as a vacuum cleaner but has special powers for pet hair and cat litter is a brilliant idea. I certainly looked for this when updating my vac.
Have you ever thought of making your own cat litter?
Another DIY project is to make the litter box that you already have, non stick.