Ever walked out of the bathroom with toilet paper attached to the bottom of your shoe? Probably not more than once or twice. Then you learned to start checking your feet before leaving a public restroom.
Cats, however, haven't learned that lesson. They seem to drag litter all over the house every time they do business. Some cats particularly love digging through the pebbles in their boxes like they're on a search for buried treasure. If using an uncovered box, these feline gold miners will fling an avalanche of litter over the side of the box.
Why do cats track litter? And is there a surefire way to stop them?
Let's get the scoop on litter tracking:
Some kinds of cat litter make tracking easy. Others claim to be nearly non-trackable. Before we (ahem) dig deeper into this topic, we want to review a few of the basics about how to choose the right kitty litter:
With that behind us, let's delve into three of the best non-tracking litter options on the market — walnut, wood pellets, and paper pellets.
Walnut — Pellets made from ground up walnut shells absorb and hold moisture better than nearly any other litter product you can buy. "But," you may ask, "how nicely does walnut clump? Can I scoop it easily?" In response, the research says, "Yes, walnut litter clumps, and you can scoop it." Walnut also does a great job at minimizing that awful ammonia smell intrinsic to cat urine.
Wood Pellets — By itself or when mixed with another product such as corn, wood makes an excellent litter choice. This option doesn't control ammonia odors as well as nut shells do, but wood pellets form rock-hard clumps, which make cleaning a breeze.
Paper Pellets — Compressed, recycled newspaper forms a biodegradable litter solution that's as good for Mother Earth as it is for your living room floors. Better yet, paper absorbs three times as much liquid as clay does, and the pellets are almost 100% non trackable. Win/Win/Win
Because of our commitment to minimizing our carbon pawprint, we at Modkat don't recommend clay or crystal litters unless your cat is so finicky they won't use another type.
Once you've found the right litter, it needs to go in the right litter box. If you've spent much time online looking at your options, you've probably discovered that litter box options range from a grungy old laundry basket to a veritable cat palace. Before you invest in a litter box, consider the following tips:
Many cat caregivers have discovered that the secret to clean floors lies in a combination of the right litter, a good litter mat, and a top-entry box.
A top-opening cat litter box offers several great benefits to cats and their humans alike.
It's a lot less messy for one. Without all that stray litter getting kicked, dragged, or sprayed around your house, you can spend more hours cuddling your cat and less time sweeping up after her.
For another thing, a covered, top-entry box is less smelly than a traditional one. Some people object to covered boxes because they trap odors inside where the cat is. That's a fair point, and it's a good reminder to scoop the box after every deposit, replenish litter regularly, and clean and refresh the box weekly.
Our Modkat customers tell us they love how easy it is to clean the box. Just lift out the reusable liner, dump it out, clean the liner with soap and warm water, wipe down the box, and you're good to go.
You shouldn't have to spend much on litter, either, since the high walls and covered top help keep litter off your floors and inside the box where it belongs.
Most cats don't care whether they use a top-entry or front-entry box. Many shy cats automatically love the privacy of a covered box. But a few animals need extra patience as they transition to their upgraded bathroom.
Introducing a cat to a top-entry litter box doesn't have to be difficult or frustrating. Most of the time, cats can figure out what to do. If they do need a little help, follow these steps:
If your cat still struggles with their new litter box, try these techniques:
While no one can guarantee that your cat will love a top-entry box, about 85% of cats do happily use this style. If your cat is an outlier on this issue, you can try our open-top litter tray. The Modkat Tray features an extra-deep base and a 16-inch high splash guard.
Litter tracking is one of the few annoyances about living with a cat. Fortunately, choosing the right litter, adding a litter mat, and investing in a top-entry box can help your floors stay clean and your cat stay healthy and happy. 🖤🐈
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