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How to Stop Cat Litter from Tracking Everywhere

Person scooping cat litter

One of the most common problems cat owners face is cat litter tracking in the whole house. Of course, that is completely normal, I know that problem myself too well. It’s annoying to having to brush your soles before entering a shoe or even a sock.

The reason for litter tracking is tiny bits of litter sticking to your cat, either on the fur or paws.
Also, many cats tend to throw the litter out of the cat litter box when digging too zealously.
Afterward, they step on the spread out cat litter and bring it to every corner of your house.

So, how do you keep your house clean anyway? In this article, I’m going to talk about several ways of combating cat litter lying around everywhere.

1. Change the location of the litter box

If your cat isn't too old or too young and you have a spare bathtub, you can simply place the litter box inside your bathtub for example.
This way you have at least some rather easily cleanable catchment area around the litter box for all the litter that gets carried away from the box after your sweetheart is done.

Before doing so, you should, of course, evaluate whether or not your cat is even able to get into the bathtub and make sure that it's not too big of a struggle for her.

Try to guide her into the litter box, show her how to get there, where she has to jump and if it works it will be much easier for you to keep up with the cat litter.

2. Put a big container around the cat litter box

If there's any reason you cannot use your bathtub, for example, try to transfer the principle to something else.
In the case of a normal-sized cat litter box placing it inside of a bigger storage tub would possibly make handling the cat litter easier.

Try to make sure there's an entrance big enough for your cat to actually use it.
You can also get creative and build a cardboard castle around the litter box for your little princess/prince.

Having a simple containment area around the box can be of extreme help if your cat tends to throw the cat litter out of the box.

Orange Kitten Staring

3. Lay out catching materials on the floor around the litter box

To keep most of the cat litter in the immediate surrounding of the box it might be helpful to lay out some coarse towels or similar.
This way you can easily fold it up and put all the cat litter back into the box comfortably.

An alternative to that would be a cat litter mat specifically made for this purpose. To keep most of the cat litter in the immediate surrounding of the box it might be helpful to lay out some coarse towels or similar.
This way you can easily fold it up and put all the kitty litter back into the box comfortably.
Its holes catch litter which would be spread on the floor otherwise.
Either of these methods will help you keep your house a little bit more litter-free.

4. Use different cat litter

From personal experience, I've found out that lighter and finer cat litter is more likely to be one of the culprits of cat litter tracking.
The cat litter I am using consists of quite big bits and these are significantly less likely to stick to my cat, in my personal insight.

By simply switching to a rougher type of cat litter you can already decrease the amount of litter that's outside the cat litter box.

5. Cleaning the area around the litter box more often

Yes, I know - this one is fairly obvious and you have probably already started to clean around your cat's litter box more frequently.

But it can't be stressed too many times, especially because you simply can't entirely avoid having to clean away cat litter (sadly).

My "method" is simply keeping a dustpan, a small broom and a handheld vacuum cleaner nearby the litter box and sweep the immediate vicinity several times a day.
But the above-mentioned methods will make it a lot easier.

Black cat sitting in blue cat litter box

Conclusion

Reducing cat litter tracking can be easily accomplished by changing the cat litter to one that consists of bigger bits, in case yours is finer.

Furthermore, you can also lay out catching materials on the floor around the litter box like coarse blankets or a cat litter mat.

If you have a spare bathtub, you can place your cat litter box inside of it to catch some of the litter inside of it and flush it away easily.

There might be reasons you cannot use your bathtub, so you could instead either build a containment area around the litter box or put it into an even bigger box with an entrance big enough for your kitty.

Last but not least you should clean the area around the cat litter box regularly (preferably several times a day) to keep on top of the mess.

What have you tried so far to keep in check of cat litter?
I'd love to know your opinion about this topic through the comment section below.

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