Covered boxes help a lot... they only go in and out of the box from one spot, so at least the mess is more concentrated. Those cheapo foot mats help too. The combination of both helps, but for me doesn't totally solve the problem.
i have 3 litter boxes through the house, 2 are the covered kind so there's not much problem with them, but.....
i have a regular litter box without the cover and without the snap on top-sides thingy and when i put fresh litter in chuckie has to go in and proceed to dig half of it out oto the floor! he does this everrytime, i know the easy solution (for my problem) is to buy another covered one, but that never seems to happen.
sorry to be whinning on your thread, just wanted you to know you are not alone with litter problems!!
I also use a covered box as well as two uncovered boxes. It seems like there is always litter on the floor! My solution was to put the boxes in the laundry room so they are out of sight and mind.
I usually clean my boxes once or twice a day, however with all 7 cats they still get messy. Before the kittens were born I do not recall it being as bad. My grandpa's cat will throw the litter like crazy if ther is even one previous mess in the box when he goes into it. My poor grandpa has to jump up and clean it every time the cat goes to prevent litter on the floor.
I know this is not possible for us normal people though, so I guess my advice is to buy a dust buster and hang it next to the box. This way after you scoop you can zap it up real quick.
I have the exact same problem, and what I did was purchased a little add-on that makes the edge of the litter box higher, forcing my kitty to lift his feet out of the box instead of dragging. When he does it, I watch him and he shakes his paws. It doesn't keep every spec inside the box, but it works best out of any other litter box I have used. There's really no way to keep it from coming out of the box. If you don't like the sandy type litter, try the new crystals. They are larger, so they don't track outside the box as much.
Thanks for the replies. Currently using an open box, so think I'll try a covered one as only having one opening is a great idea to at least point in a certain direction... then I'll also have to try a special litter mat. I have tried using a rug in the area hoping it would catch most, and it helps but still end up getting that trail and with a dark carpet with light litter it just drives me nuts :evil: