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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-26-2009, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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The Litter Problem

So how do you keep the area around your cat's litter box clean? I thought having a hood would do it but our roommate brought one with her cat and it does nothing to stop the "litter spray". Is it possible to prevent the litter from getting everywhere or am I stuck getting a dustbuster that lives next to the box?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-27-2009, 09:02 AM
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Re: The Litter Problem

Doesn't the Dustbuster noise scare him? I'd be afraid of turning him off the litterbox because of the noise.

I just keep a small broom that's about 3' long and a little dustpan next to the litterbox, and consider floor clean-up part of the routine.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-27-2009, 09:57 AM
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There are some things you could try. What works, depends on your cat and your current situation.

You could switch to a litter that tracks as little as possible.

If you're using a box with a hood, turn the box so that the opening faces a wall. The cat has to stop and turn when he comes out and not just jump or run out the box making litter fly everywhere.

Put a rubber or plastic mat in front of the litterbox to catch the litter from the cat's toes.

If your cat sprays litter on the floor while digging around in the box, get a box with higher sides (we have one that's large, plastic moving box).

I use the brush + litterpan and just give the floor a few quick sweeps every time I go to the bathroom.

If nothing else helps - hug your cat and count your blessings
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-27-2009, 11:18 AM
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Re: The Litter Problem

I may have just solved it with a deeper litter pan.

My original cat never sprayed litter around the box but my new energetic little girl had it looking like a beach around the box.

I switched to using a fairly deep pan that I had used for gardenning in the past and the sides are high enough that she doesn't kick it out of the box when she does her burying.

The last time people tried to elimate free roaming cats it resulted in The Black Plague.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-27-2009, 04:51 PM
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Re: The Litter Problem

I have a top-entry box and my girls STILL get litter everywhere. I vacuum the carpet around it when I do the rest of the upstairs, a couple of times a week, and it's tolerable. If the box was in a bathroom with a non-carpeted floor I would be Swiffering regularly. My first priority with litter is odor control, then good clumping, and THEN the spreading issue. I'd much rather vacuum a couple times a week then smell the contents of the box.

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