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Q: What is the best way to keep area around litter box tidy?

April 3, 2008 | By Brenda P. | 13 answers | Expired: 2295 days ago

I live in an apartment and unfortuneatly the only place to put the litter box is in a carpeted room. I am worried about keeping the carpet clean with the cat kicking litter out of the box. Any suggestions?

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Rjlupinskat
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Apr 04, 2008

Like danewillow, I have one of those black rubber welcome mats just outside the box. I also have a ramp (auto litter) and stuck the box in a corner with the large litter holder next to it to force them to use one exit/entrance, as they don't like the hoods.

I still have one that likes to 'pan for gold' so he is always tossing litter out. With that, I just use a small hand broom, pull off the ramp or mat, and sweep it back into the box.

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Vjg
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Vjg

Apr 04, 2008

I use those disposable underpads you can get at any discount store. I put one under the front of the litter pan and it collects spilled litter that can then be put back into the litter box. The pads are plastic on one side so it also protects the floor from those occasional urine spills and the absorbent side wicks up any urine.

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georgie b.
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Apr 04, 2008

My cats dont like the hood but i went to a carpet remnant place got a few pieces of carpet and use them under it to protect my carpet change them frequently it helps quite a bit.

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Danewillow
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Apr 04, 2008

I use the black welcome matts, the ones that are kind of bristly so it wipes off their feet as they exit (use a hood so they can only exit in one spot). It's easy to clean because it's rubber. You just tap out all the litter it catches and spray it with water.

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Jill C.
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Apr 03, 2008

I also use a puppy training pad under my 2 litter boxes, it soaks up any urine that runs over in the back and I also use covered boxes and the urine still runs over in the back. Under the pads I have huge rugs or towels that I change often, that helps catch some of the litter when they come out - I trimmed some of the longer hair from one of my cats paws to keep the litter from sticking to her paws as bad. Even with all this they still seem to get litter scattered out farther in front of the box when they come out in a run..

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Mary H.
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Apr 03, 2008

The hood works well but I also use a plastic pad around the litter box so when they step out of the box the plastic pad catches all the litter on their feet.

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christy s.
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Apr 03, 2008

i use a litter box with a filter and and a top on it. i use a rug under my litter box to help with the mess. i still have a problem with a few peices getting away but havent come up with the answer for that...good luck

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Julie  W.
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Apr 03, 2008

I also use litter boxes with a hood which really does help reduce odors. I keep the litter boxes on a piece of carpet which traps some of the litter. I keep a small canister type vacuum cleaner(2.5 gal Stinger shop vac - ~$13 on sale) next to the litter boxes (under my utility sink). When I change the litter boxes every morning, I give a quick vacuum of the litter particles. On weekends, I shake the rug and clean under it with the vacuum. The vacuum is also good for a quick touch up any time.

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Bubbysmommy
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Apr 03, 2008

Use a hooded type box. If you are using a Littermaid or the equivalent, they do come with a tent as well. This will keep her from kicking the litter out. As for tracking, that is another problem altogether. I have found that a piece of indoor outdoor carpet in front of the litter box works well.

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Winston49
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Apr 03, 2008

I taught my cat to use the toliet (the human toliet) it not too hard to do. You can buy a litter box that fits onto your toliet. After a few weeks remove the litter box and your cat will usethe toliet.

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