Litter Box Tips: How To Keep The Mess Contained
CH kitties are masters at somehow managing to throw all of the litter they come into contact out of the litter box. My CG was such an ace at this, that when he’d go into his litter box, a plume of smoke would puff out at the very end. He was intent on making sure he covered his mess properly – but in the process would also shower our floor with litter.
The easiest way to cut back on “litter storms” is to purchase a litter box with a hood.
If you’re using a non-traditional litter box, try cutting a doorway in a large plastic container, then placing it over your litter box. Although this means your kitty may take a litter shower while doing her business, it’ll cut back on the mess.
A few additional notes on this. If your cat is a storm-creator, do her a favor and take the door (if there’s one) off the front of the box. Sure it may mean some litter will fly out the opening, but it’ll definitely cut back on the amount of dust your cat inhales.
Likewise, your cat may also come out covered in litter dust. If you’re around and have a moment, try to brush as much as you can see off – with a dry towel or with a quick combing. This will help minimize how much she ingests.
But a litter box hood isn’t the only thing you’ll need. Consider placing a litter mat or even a throw rug at the litter box’s entrance. This way, if (OK, when) the litter is kicked out of the box, it’ll be somewhat contained.
If it’s clean, I usually “recycle” it by dumping it back into the pan. Otherwise it’s thrown away with their business.
However, we all know that litter’s not the only thing that can find its way out of the litter box. It’s not uncommon for even the most capable CH kitty to step in his or her own mess before exiting.
If this is an issue with your cat, try limiting her to her own room while you’re out. Cover the floor in old towels, so if she leaves a trail, it’ll be easier to clean up (and won’t get into your carpet or floors!).
When you’re home, try to keep an ear turned toward her litter box. If you hear her in it, walk by to see if she needs assistance getting out without making a mess.
Another option, something we’ve done, is placing a canvas painting tarp on the floor. We did this in our guest room when we moved in (pre-Ellie), because it’s where my husband would keep his bike and softball equipment (covered in field dust). It was relatively cheap, and it’s super easy to spot clean, especially compared to carpet.
Lastly, all of this can (usually!) be avoided by keeping the litter box as clean as possible. Kitties are clean creatures and will naturally avoid stepping in their own mess — but what a shame if by avoiding one mess, they step in another! If your cat is having digestive issues, and consequently loose stools, try to be present at as many litter box trips as possible. You may be able to help keep her relatively clean.
Do you have other tips? Please feel free to leave them in the comments or email me!