How to Prevent Your Cat From Tracing Poop and Litter

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Cats are meticulously clean creatures. They brush themselves frequently, dislike being wet or dirty, and bury their excrement while using the litter box. However, cats occasionally wind up bringing their excrement and litter outside of their box. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to minimize the mess.

Why Do Cats Track Litter and Feces?

There are a few reasons why your cat might track litter and feces. Some of these problems are easier to resolve than others.

Kittens pick up a lot of manners through observing their moms and other kittens. Young rescue kittens and kittens that are bottle-fed are not adequately taught how to use a litter box. Many might only profit from a little lesson in covering feces. Show your cat how to hide its excrement in its box by gently taking its paws.

Medical Issues

When a cat is in discomfort, it may have trouble using the litter box or may cover up its excrement. A common procedure that results in both acute and long-term limb discomfort in cats is declawing, which makes them reluctant to use their paws or legs to conceal excrement.

Cats with arthritis, hip dysplasia, or other chronic conditions find it difficult to leap into and out of litter boxes, cover their waste, or brush themselves. If you believe your cat is in discomfort, see your veterinarian. If your cat is in discomfort, they may advise changing the surroundings or prescribing painkillers to assist them use the litter box. For instance, moving your cat's litter box may make it simpler for them to utilize it. Cats may use litter boxes more easily if they have "walk up" entrances or low-bottomed entryways rather than those they must leap into and out of.

Litter Box Issues

Cats are notoriously fastidious and many will not use a litter box that is less than pristine.

There should be one more litter box available than there are cats. Accordingly, if you have a single cat, you should have two boxes; if you have two cats, you should have three boxes. Additionally, the boxes should be spaced apart such that the cat can only see the one it is now utilizing.

If you determine your cat has an issue with the litter box, chances are you can put a stop to any poop tracking.

Tips for a Cleaner Litter Box

A tidy litter box ensures that no feces is carried around the home. Some individuals find success by piling identical-sized litter boxes on top of one another with holes spaced evenly down the bottom of each box.

Clean litter is sifted into the box below when you lift the top box. You can discard the garbage after emptying the top box of waste. The empty litter box at the bottom of the stack is then replaced, being careful that the holes are not directly underneath the box that is now on top. This serves as a quick substitute for scooping a box for some people. A cat may avoid using the litter box if an automatic litter box scares it.

Simple rugs and even specifically made mats that assist capture the litter particles can prevent litter and manure from being dragged around your home. Put one of these mats at the edge of the litter box so that your cat will step on it when they come out.

There are several forms of litter that are intended to minimize litter tracking. Try one of these items if your cat is not particular about the litter you are currently using. Different pet supply companies provide litter that isn't comprised of clay; this might be the answer to your litter issues.

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Get a Larger Litter Box

Pet retailers sometimes sell litter boxes that are made for kittens or young cats rather than big, mature adult cats. You probably need a larger litter box if your cat is having difficulties finding the correct location in its little litter box, hanging over the edge to expel waste, or if you regularly find pee or on the side of the box or outside of it.

Large litter boxes can be made out of storage bins, utility tubs, kiddie pools, and sandboxes. Don't feel constrained by the options the pet store offers. You may use something as a litter box if you can put litter in it and your cat can easily get into it.

Trim the Fur on Your Cat's Feet

Cats with long hair frequently have a lot of fur between their toes. Less material for litter and excrement to attach to if you can keep the fur on their feet cut.

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Stool Consistency

Cat feces need to be shaped, hard, and regular. Consult your veterinarian about the consistency of your cat's excrement if it is very mushy or watery.

A health condition like inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal parasites, a food allergy, or another problem might be indicated by soft stools and diarrhea. Your cat may also have loose stools as a result of dietary changes, certain cat diets, and stress. Any of these ailments might make stools softer than usual, which makes it easier for excrement to be tracked about the house. It's harder to make a mess of formed, regular cat poop than diarrhea.

If you suspect your pet is sick, call your vet immediately. For health-related questions, always consult your veterinarian, as they have examined your pet, know the pet's health history, and can make the best recommendations for your pet.

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