Have you been thinking of the best way of how to stop cat litter tracking in your home?
If this is you, then you're not alone. In this complete guide, we'll show you how to stop your cat from kicking litters everywhere.
You'll discover different cat litter tracking hacks that will stop litters all over your homes.
With that in mind, let’s dive right into it.
Using a Cardboard scratching post will work a great deal to prevent cat litter throughout your home and eliminate litters off your cat's legs.
Cardboard scratching posts have the same looks like ramps and the holes texture on the surface that will ensure litters are whisk away from the cat paws.
The following DIY guide can save you money:
DIY Cardboard Cat Scratcher with Pudge (VIDEO TIPS)
The best part is that you can decide to get a new one or a used one that offers a discounted price. Of course, this will save you the extra expense of buying a new cat litter.
Interestingly, Cardboard scratching posts are the cat's delight. They won't hinder your cat from using the litter box; neither will they cause any inching feel on your cat's paw.
If you have a cat that doesn't like to walk on the carpet, having a cardboard scratching post will definitely come in handy to removing litters all over your house.
Tips #2 Use a Litter Mat
Instead of allowing your cat to kick litters everywhere in your house, having a litter mat can pull off the litter from your cat's paws and make cleanups much easier.
They are actually designed to contain litters and to prevent your cat from tracking litter everywhere in your home.
But make sure the mat is larger than the size of the litter box, and it offers a better texture that can hold litter than others. The reason is that some cats have strong aversions to certain textures.
So, ensure you use a new pad in front of one litter box while leaving your other box mat-free. This will ensure your cat doesn’t stop using the litter box.
How to use cat litter mat (VIDEO TIPS)
Tips #3 Trim the hair between your Cat’s toes
If you have a cat that is long-haired, you want to trim the hair in their toes to prevent more issues of litter tracking. It is a well-known fact that cat with long hair have litters get stuck in their fur.
But trimming the hair between the toes of your longhaired cat can deter litter granules from sticking on your cat's paw and prevent litter tracking around your house.
However, do not cut the hair of your cat too short. A little trim that is next to the cat's paw pads will suffice. We recommend you use an electric facial hair trimmer or blunt-tipped scissors to trim the hair in between your cat's paw pads for a shorter Length.
How to use cat litter mat (VIDEO TIPS)
Tips #4 Get a Top Entry Litter Box
Having a top entry litter box will let your cat enter/exit through the top of the box. That means they would need to jump up onto the roof of the box on their way out.
Of course, this will help in shaking off a good chunk of any litter stuck in the cat's paw. It will also reduce the chances of any litter slipping off the sides of the box.
Also, ensure you buy a top entry box with a trackpad on the top to help eliminate litters from cat’s paws.
DIY Top Entry Cat Litter Box (VIDEO TIPS)
Tips #5 Get a Covered Litter Box
A fully enclosed covered litter box will prevent your cat from kicking litters all over your house. When your cat tries to bury their pop, they will end up scattering the litter everywhere.
And this, of course, will cause litter to track everywhere on the floor. But with a covered litter box that features a swinging door, you're sure of having less litter sneaking out.
Do cats like Covered Litter Box? (VIDEO TIPS)
Tips #6 Storage Bench Litter Box
One of the best litter boxes that will prevent litters everywhere in your home is a Storage bench litter box. This kind of litter box has the length of a bench and a multi-functional piece of furniture that lets you conceal the litter mess and cat pan.
A Storage Bench litter box also has a cat-face shaped pre-cut hole positioned in the front panel for easy entry and exit.
Here's a picture of a Storage Bench Litter Box:
So, you can have that designed for you to help reduce the chances of cat litter tracking all over your house.
If you want to save money and don't care about hiding a litter box, but still want a storage bench? We have prepared a DIY guide for you below:
Tips #7 Place your Cat’s litter box inside of another litter box
Yes, this is another robust method that works like magic to fight off litter tracking. It has the function of preventing litter similar to a storage bench but with cheaper price, and of course, also depending on your creativity.
But note that:
The picture below should not be practiced because it is not effective
Warning: From the picture above the litter box is almost the same size as the inside litter box. Of course, this is almost the same as having one litter box since there's no room or space created to dispel the litters of the cat's paw.
DIY Storage Bench Litter Box (VIDEO TIPS)
Tips #8 Use a Quick Clumping Litter
Using a litter that clumps quickly, will reduce tracking and prevent the cat from stepping on a wet litter due to its dryness.
But a litter that doesn't clump immediately will end up sticking on the cat's paw due to its damp nature.
Tips #9 Change or customize your cat litter box
The last resort we recommend stopping litter tracking is changing your litter for good. When your cat refused to use your litter box due to individual variation like new scents, new ingredients, then do NOT buy a new litter—else you will continue to waste money and time on a new litter.
How are you sure she will like the new litter you’re about to buy? Do you even know if the litter you just bought will have more or less litter tracking? The truth is that no litter is non-tracking.
You might find that a corn-based litter will not lead to as much tracking as clay litter. Some litters come in large particles or pellets, so these might be harder for your cat to track out of the box as well.
What you need to do is to figure out the problem why your cat refused the litter box or why the litter box tends to track more, you also should know how deep should cat litter be, so you can add more or less. Once you discover the problem; then fix it.
Make sure you customize the litter box to be able to handle the problem.
Tips #10 Consider toilet training your cat
Having the best litter box or anything at all that will reduce litter tracking is not enough. You need to toilet-train your cat to master the act.
Thankfully, there are many videos on the internet that will teach you how to train a cat to use the toilet. The only issue with those videos is that they are time-consuming and most of them do not work well for adult cats.
But you can think of it if you have kittens under 6 months old.
How to potty train your cat (VIDEO TIPS)
So, these are currently the best and efficient ways on how to stop cat litter tracking. They are very easy and straightforward to implement. We'd recommend you try out the method you think could work best for your cat as every cat has their preference.
But if we must recommend the best method, then our most effective tip is to go with the Storage Bench litter box due to its effectiveness, convenience, and simplicity.
This method allows you to use the combination of three hacks together to prevent cat litter tracking. That is, you will have to combine the use of a litter max, a high walled storage bench and cat litter box inside a hidden distance in the box.
All these add up to ensure your house is free from litter tracking.
Marian P. McClure is a cat trainer who toilet trained her first cat while in college. Since that time, she has been using the best litter box, cat litter, best litter scooping method to give her cats the best experience. Her love of felines continues to grow, and she strolls out always with her cats, having so much fun in every chance she gets.