Cats make excellent pets. They are always there when you get home, and they are always around when you want someone to snuggle up with on the couch. Cats are also very independent animals. They can be left at home for hours at a time.
Cats don’t need to be taken outside three times a day like dogs, and they clean themselves. While cats are very easy to take care of, some have habits that you would like to break them out of. One of these habits is getting kitty litter everywhere.
With some cats, regardless of how hard you try to keep the area clean, there is always litter on the floor. If it becomes a problem, there are a few tips that you can follow to keep the area clean.
Keep the Litter Box Clean
Keeping the litter box clean is a great way to prevent your cat from kicking litter all over the place. If the cat needs to search for a clean spot to do his business, he will likely kick the litter everywhere.
If you have one cat, you should clean the litter box once a day. If you have multiple cats, you should clean the litter box once a day for each cat that you own.
Wash the Litter Box
While scooping the litter box daily is important, you should also wash the litter box either weekly or biweekly.
When you wash your litter box, you should empty the litter into the trash, and wash the litter box with warm water. You should also rinse the box with vinegar. Vinegar will neutralize the odor, and your cat will not feel the need to dig as much.
Use Multiple Litter Boxes
Most people need at least two bathrooms to live comfortably. The same is true with cats. If you have two litter boxes, you cat will have a second one that is clean to do his business. This will prevent him from digging around to find a clean spot.
Ideally, you should have two litter boxes for every cat. If you have several cats, this may not be possible.
Contain the Cat Litter
Some cats dig and bury more aggressively than others. This can lead to piles of litter being kicked out of the litter box. The best way to stop this, is to get a litter box with a cover.
When the cat kicks the litter around, it will stay in the box. Some cats will find a way around this, and kick the litter out the door of the litter box. This can be handled easily by facing the door to the litter box against the wall.
If you do this, be sure that the litter box is far enough away from the wall so that he can still get in. Unfortunately, some cats don’t like covered litter boxes and won’t use them. If your cat doesn’t like covered litter boxes, you would need to find another method of keeping the cat litter contained.
Use a High Sided Litter Box
If your cat does not like using a litter box with a cover, you should consider getting a high sided litter box. The high sides will prevent the little from going everywhere when the cat digs and buries, and it will give him the privacy that he needs when he is doing his business.
If you use this type of litter box, you should put it in a relatively open space. If your cat feels trapped on all sides, he may stop using the litter box altogether.
Sweep the Area Often
Regardless of how careful your cat is when he digs and buries, some litter will end up outside of the litter box. If you allow the litter to build up, your cat will step in it when he exits the litter box, and it will get tracked all over the house.
If possible, you should sweep up around the litter box twice a day. It will only take a minute or two, and it will take less time than sweeping up litter that has been tracked all over the house.
Sprinkle the Bottom of the Box with Baking Soda
One trick that cat owners have been using for years is putting baking soda at the bottom of the litter box. When the odor in the box is handled, your cat won’t need to dig to find a clean spot to do his business. If he is not digging, he won’t be scattering litter.
Many of the cat litters on the market today contain baking soda. Unfortunately, they don’t contain enough to stop the digging. When you add your own, it will prevent odor and it won’t bother your cat like most air fresheners do.
Use a Litter Box Mat
There are mats available that are designed to catch cat litter. This will prevent the litter from getting all over the floor, and then spread around the house. It is important to get a mat that surrounds the entire litter box.
This will allow the litter to be trapped in the mat, regardless of where the cat kicks or gets out of the litter box. These mats will trap the litter on your cat’s paws as well, so it doesn’t end up all over your furniture.
Reconsider Your Cat Litter
If you are using a cat litter with a sandy texture, you should consider using a heavier type.
Sandy litter can stay on your cat’s paws for longer that the rock textured litter, allowing him to spread it all over the house and on your furniture. It may take time for your cat to get used to the new texture of his litter, but it will be worth it in the long run.
Cats can make wonderful pets, as long as their litter remains in the litter box. If you follow the tips above, your cat’s litter should remain in the litter box, and you can enjoy the company of your furry friend.