Five 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 is up there!

Cats spread litter because some litter sticks on their fur and paws after using the litter box. Some cats when digging in their boxes, kick and fling litter everywhere. To help solve these problems it may be as simple as just getting a larger litter box or a top entry litter box.

Five Ways To STOP Cat Litter From Going Everywhere


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.  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 specifically to trap litter and help 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 latter has a honeycomb structure for the litter to fall though.  Then it is easy to empty the litter by picking 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. 

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Make sure your mat is bigger than the size of your cat’s litter box to catch all litter thrown out of the box. There's more info about cat litter mats here.


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.



Long haired breeds of cat may at times need the hair between the toes to be trimmed if it becomes excessively long or if the cat is constantly grooming.  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. If you think this is a problem for you, get specialist advice from a vet or groomer.


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 review Choosing a pet vacuum cleaner, a handheld vacuum or a carpet sweeper will help alert to to the functions of the different appliances. It does seem kind of obvious to say vacuum and sweep the area.

One good tip: Sweep 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.


Toilet Train The Cat

toilet trained 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 excellent article that gives great advice if this is the path you choose to follow.  Please come back and tell us the success or otherwise of your venture.

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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