If you own a cat, you most likely have a litter box, and if you do, you are probably all too familiar with cat litter tracking around your house. 

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Cat litter seems to get everywhere in the house for some reason. 

This is brought on by litter that sticks to your cat’s paws; when they move about the house, they distribute it everywhere they go. 


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Here are 7 suggestions to help you stop litter from tracking around your house: Contents 

1. Use a litter mat for cats 

The use of a cat litter pad is a genius idea for preventing litter from tracking. The goal of litter mats, which come in a variety of designs, is to remove litter off your cat’s paws


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Put a cat litter mat over the area where your cat steps out of their litter box or tray to use it properly. 

The litter will come off as they walk over it because of the fabric of the mat. You only need to regularly clean the litter off the mat, not your entire home! 2. Modify the cat litter you use.

Certain cat litters are much more likely to track than others. 

contrasting three types of cat litter 

The most widely used sort of cat litter is clay, but it’s also the most expensive. This is because it readily sticks to your cat’s paws after getting wet and gets tracked around the home. 

Large granules that don’t stick to paws as easily make up the best cat litters for reducing tracking and don’t leave as much of a trail. 

If you switch to cat litter made of silica, wood, wheat, or paper, litter tracking will be much reduced. 

3. Avoid Overloading It 

Overusing litter will significantly worsen your tracking issue. 

Your cat’s fur will readily catch the litter, causing it to fall out of the box and end up all over the house. 

To lessen this, make sure your litter box is only 8 cm (about 3 inches) full with cat waste. 4. Maintain Order 

Your cat will dig deeper to discover clean, new litter if the litter box is unclean. 

litter box maintenance 

Litter will stick to their feet from digging and be carried around the house.

Remove waste from their litter box everyday, ideally twice daily, to avoid this from happening. 

If you use clumping litter, remove urine clumps every day; if you use non-clumping litter, change the litter as soon as it appears that more than 50% of the available litter is soaked in pee. 

5. Examine an alternative litter box 

An inadequate litter box or tray might make litter tracking worse. 

a ginger cat using the restroom in a box 

Litter can easily be kicked out of low-sided litter trays. Consider upgrading to an expanded litter box for more room, clean litter, and better containment. A low-sided box can also be helpful for cats who enjoy digging. 

With Hood Box 

Litter cannot be kicked out of a litter box at all when it has a hood. 

Additionally, if you use a litter mat, your cat will have to walk on it because there is only one path in and out of the litter box. 

The other advantage of using a hooded box is that they are effective at trapping odours as well. Just be sure to keep an eye on the condition of the litter box, though, as the problem with doing so is that you may not always be aware when it needs cleaning, which will lead to your cat digging more (and possibly peeing in inappropriate places), which won’t help reduce tracking. 

6. Cut the paw hair

Keep a close check on the hair on your cat’s paws if they have long fur. 

In order to prevent litter from tracking out of the litter box, keep your pet’s paw hair neatly clipped and short. Long paw hair will trap litter in it. 

7. Place the litter box in a room that is off limits. 

Keeping your cat’s litter box in a room that is closed off is a good way to stop tracking.