catA few clumps here, a few clumps there. In the kitchen, on furniture, on the bed! When your cat tracks litter through the house, it can be icky and downright frustrating. Is your cat leaving a litter trail? Consider these suggestions for keeping the mess at bay.

Try rugs and litter mats

There are a number of products specially designed to catch litter. These include mats that you can place under or next to your cat’s litter box. When your cat leaves their box, the litter clings to the mat instead of being dragged all over the place. As an alternative to buying one of these mats, you can also try using materials you already have in your house. Rubber boot mats or bathroom rugs can be just as effective as a brand new pet product.

Change the type of litter box

The amount of litter your cat tracks around could depend on the type of litter box they are using. Consider trying a different box design, perhaps one specifically made to reduce mess. Some people have found that boxes with high walls or a top entrance are more effective at keeping litter contained.

Change the type of litter

Some types of litter are just more likely to scatter and leave a trail than others. Try switching out your old litter out for a different brand or one made of a different material. You might notice that heavier clay litters clump more and scatter less than looser lightweight ones of wheat or corn. Crystal litters are less likely to stick to longer fur, too. If you start to notice a lingering bad odor coming from the bits that do scatter out of the pan, it might be time to dump out and refresh the entire litter box.

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Candace Elise Hoes is a pet sitter and blogger at Katie’s Kitty. She is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts.

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