Have you ever been walking around the house and found little tiny grains of cat litter – or worse – sticking to your feet? If so, you’re not alone. While cats are overall clean animals that spend much of their time cleaning themselves and grooming, sometimes they still track cat litter around your clean home, which can be frustrating for any pet owner.
If this is a common problem in your house, you may be wondering why they do this and what can be done about it. Can cat litter tracking be prevented?
Why Do Cats Track Litter Throughout Your Home?
There is a multitude of reasons your cat may be participating in this behavior; some more serious than others. It could be any of the following:
Your cat’s hair is too long. If your kitty has long hair, it’s likely pieces of litter or her excretion are getting stuck to her coat when she leaves the litter box, allowing her to deposit litter and other goodies throughout your house.
Unclean or too few litter boxes. Cats by nature are very clean creatures, and therefore, they like to do their business in a clean environment. If your little box doesn’t meet the gold standard of cleanliness, your cat may be finding other areas to defecate.
Similarly, cats, like humans, prefer some space and separation to complete their business. If you have multiple cats and too few litter boxes, consider getting another litter box to contain feces to the litter box and not the rest of your home.
Medical reasons. In some cases, pain may be the culprit. Cats that have been declawed or had other surgeries are less likely to use the litter box as their home base for disposals. Generally, declawed cats may suffer great pain and have an inability to cover up their feces if it hurts.
Additionally, cats suffering from hip dysplasia, arthritis or other chronic conditions may also be in great pain and have difficulty cleaning themselves after using the litter box. If this is the case, reach out to your kitty’s veterinarian regarding medications or treatment options that may help.
How to Prevent Cat Litter Tracking
Several different methods may be useful when it comes to preventing kitty from tracking litter throughout your home.
Keep the litter box clean. As stated above, some cats don’t like leaving excretions in dirty environments. If this is the main reason your cat has been tracking litter or other un-pleasantries, the fix may be as quick as keeping the litter box clean as much as possible.
Purchase a larger litter box, or invest in multiple boxes. Kittens also like to have space and separation to go to the bathroom. If the litter box is too small, kitty may resort to your kitchen room or bathroom floor to do her dirty work. This may simply be the result of a lack of space. If she does not have enough room to do her business, her bottom may be hanging over the edge of the box when she relieves herself.
If you have multiple cats, multiple litter boxes are suggested.
Place a large mat under your litter box. Some mats have been specifically designed to catch litter and feces so kitty doesn’t trail either throughout your house. Try placing one of these mats directly next to your litter box to help mitigate the problem.
Trim kitty’s hair. If you have a long-haired cat, it’s a good idea to trim her frequently, especially around her feet, where litter can easily get caught and then be deposited elsewhere throughout the home.
Teach your cat covering techniques. Some kittens, especially rescued ones, were not with their mother long enough to be taught how to cover their excretions. If you find your cat is walking out of the litter box with poop all over her feet, it may be time to show her how to cover her feces by using her paws to cover it up.
Use a higher litter box. Higher litter boxes generally keep cats from kicking litter over the sides and they reduce the risk of tracking. If your cat is older, just make sure he or she can still make it in without any difficulties.
Use different litter. If you’re still having problems, try using a different type of cat litter. Some litter has been designed specifically to minimize the amount of tracking.
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