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Six Easy And Practical Ways to Stop Cat Litter From Going Everywhere

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’s up there!

Cat litter spreads because litter sticks on fur and paws after the cat has used the litter box. To make it worse, some cats, kick and fling litter everywhere.

Six Ways To STOP Cat Litter From Going Everywhere

1.Use A Decent Litter Mat

2.Take A Good Look At The Litter Box

3.Grooming

4.Invest In A Decent Vacuum Cleaner

5.Toilet Train The Cat

6.A Cardboard Box

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cat using a vacuum cleaner
Great Job kitty! Oh look, there’s more litter over there!

1.Use A Decent Litter Mat

A litter mat sounds an obvious solution and it is but there are litter mats and litter mats. Is the litter mat you are using large enough? Does it cover enough surface area to really do a good job? Unless you are protecting the surface of the floor from the litter box, most of the litter mat should be in front and to the sides of the box and not underneath the box. Some litter mats don’t really stop the spread of litter. You need the best litter mat.

This is also true of ‘Welcome’ door mats we have at the front door of our home. Some work well don’t they? Others just don’t. Check the litter mat out to see what sort of a job it really is doing. Is it trapping the litter? How much litter is actually getting trapped on the mat? After all, that is the job of the litter mat.

The litter mats shown below are effective at trapping litter because they have been designed to solve this problem.

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. To empty, pick up the mat and empty the litter back into the litter box. Voila! If any litter gets lodged in the top layer, the mat can be hosed.

This simple change to using a bigger and better litter mat can make a big difference. The litter mat below comes in two sizes, the largest being 30″X24″ which is large.

Pieviev Cat Litter Mat Double Layer Waterproof Urine Proof Trapping Mat (30''X24'', Gray)

2. Take A Good Look At The Litter Box

Go for the biggest litter box that will comfortably fit the area you have for the litter box.

You may not want or need a giant litter 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.

Here is a simple method to find the approximate best size litter box for your cat. Measure the cat from the top of his nose to the base of his tail. The box should be one and a half times that measurement.

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.

Is the litter box you are currently using an open top litter box? 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 significantly reduce the problem of litter going everywhere. If your cat hasn’t used a covered litter box or a top entry litter box before, the cat may need some transition time. Leave the old box in place for some time so that the cat has time to adjust to the new box.

3. Grooming

This won’t apply to most cats however if you have a long haired breed of cat, it may at times need the hair between the toes to be trimmed. It can become excessively long. It should then be done on a sparingly basis and with a pair of rounded end scissors.

It is not a practice that is generally advised to help keep scattered litter under control. The tufts are there to cushion and protect the paws from the ground. Some cats with luxurious paws can find the excess hair on the paws irritating and my lick at the area or try to pull out tufts. If you suspect this may be problem, get specialist advice from a vet or groomer.

4. Invest In A Decent Vacuum Cleaner

Just what is going on?


Not all vacuums are created equal but there are vacuum cleaners that do specifically target pet hair. Choose a vacuum that is going to do the job of picking up litter and cat hair.

Our review choosing a pet vacuum cleaner, a handheld vacuum or a carpet sweeper explains the functions of the different appliances.

One good tip: Sweep into a corner before you vacuum. It saves time. I’m all about saving time.

Do we like vacuuming ? Ugh – but there are way to make the chore easier. Yes, Mr Dyson I’m talking to you.

I do not have a robot vacuum but friends who have, speak glowingly of them.

5.Toilet Train The Cat

Come on out kitty! You’ve been in there long enough.

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 article that gives good advice if this is the path you choose to follow.

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.

6. 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.

What to do with the carboard box? Using the current litter box, place a larger cardboard box over the litter box. Leave the front open or cut a large front opening if necessary for that cat to 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. Get the kids to paint the box or decorate the box.

This will help contain the litter with very little extra effort and no cost. I may have to order something online to get the box – just kidding.

The cardboard box option is an excellent idea. A sort of mini retreat for us!

More Litter Reading

Keeping a litter box in tip top shape will ensure that the cat is happy. There’s nothing difficult here, just commonsense.

Have you thought about making your own litter? This may be totally off your radar but it is a money saver and you could invent your own non tracking litter.

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