Saturday, March 05, 2005

Litter Still a Problem

My fiancee Liz and I spent the day cleaning up the apartment. It's just amazing to us how much litter dust gets on the furniture and the floor and in every crevice of our apartment. We use the World's Best Cat Litter and we love it as a litter, but we hate stepping on it and having it all over our furniture.

A few months back, we got a The Litter Welcome Mat and it helped a little bit, but the main problem is that:

  • The boys kick litter out of the litterbox (even though it is a covered box)
  • The boys get litter dust on their fur and paws and they track it all over

This problem is particularly accute if we put them in their cage and put a small litterbox for them to use in there. They kick litter out of the cage and all over the floor (and we put them in the cage, because we are cleaning).

Any suggestions?

7 comments:

Peggy said...

It could be worse--I switched to WBCL after the first time you mentioned it, and it is a lot less messy than other types, especially clay scoopable litter. Just keep your broom and handvac handy!

Anonymous said...

I remember those days. You might want to try a top entry box. Less tracking. But mainly just keep cleaning up. When they are adults, they will be MUCH better. I never see litter other than right close to the box anymore.

Anonymous said...

Have you tried litter pearls or a similar kind of litter? They seem to be less dusty. A box with higher sides (like a rubbermaid tote) might help too! Litter is definately messy.

Anonymous said...

I agree. there's less mess when they are older. They will use the box to do their business and not for the fun of digging around. In & out as they age. C.C.

Anonymous said...

Hi! Staci here, being "Anonymous"... I saw the most unusual litter box at PetCo the other day. It's like an igloo, where there's a ramp the cat walks up and them goes down into a covered litter box. It loos like it would really work to keep sand off the floor. But it is too big for my laundry room, which is where I keep the box.

Anonymous said...

A previous poster mentioned the 'igloo' type litter box. That would be the Booda Dome Clean Step litterbox. I used to have it and it actually did manage to eliminate a lot of litter tracking throughout the house. I don't use it anymore unfortunately because one of my cats didn't like it too much and left her waste in other parts of the house for some reason. But everyone I know who has it loves it and has no problems.

Prana said...

Well, better late than never I suppose. If your cats litter kicks up a lot of dust (or you see dust on their feet) it's the wrong litter. Clay litter, scented litter and 'pearls' or 'crystals' are all bad for your cat. The dust is inhaled (by humans to) and causes allergies, asthma and sinus problems. It is also eaten when the cats clean themselves and the clay (and chemicals)coat thier intestines like cement. The way to go is biodegradable litter in the form of wheat, corn, recycled newspaper or pine. All are available in pellets online and at most mass merchants like Wal-Mart. They cost pretty much the same amount but they last longer, absorb odor better, are better for the environment and best of all, they are safe for your kitties. I use Feline Pine myself and my cats love it. If yours don't try mixing it in increasing amounts with your current litter. No dust, happy kitties, what more could you ask for? Good luck and blessings, Prana