I had the same problem and I couldn't find a "better litter" so instead I found a better litterbox. Go to Petsmart and buy a cat litter GRID. It collects the litter off of their paws as they walk on it. However, the trick is getting them to walk on it. I found an awesome cat box called the Kattbank online but it was way too expensive, so I just built my own and put the grid inside with two walls for the cat to weave around on over the grid forcing my cats to walk on the grid. The whole thing cost me around $80.00 instead of $2000.00 like Kattbank costs. Its the best thing I have EVER done for my cats! And the plus side is I never smell the litterbox and no one knows it's a litter box until I tell them, and it's in my living room..
As an update, I lost my beloved cat Missy in April of 2005, just about one month short of her 18th birthday. I still miss her of course, but about one month ago finally got another kitten who's adorable (looks a lot like Missy) and really really playful and affectionate, and I'm enjoying having a kitten around again. I named the new kitten Little Miss and call her Miss for short, but sometimes I slip and Missy just comes out of my mouth. I feel a little guilty about calling her that but it just happens so I guess I'll just go with it.
If you're feeling industrious, here's what we did for our three cats. My (now ex) husband built a wooden box (like a toybox) with a hinged lid and a hole cut in the side like a door. We lined the inside with easy to clean vinyl (just some scraps from our kitchen flooring). The box was big enough to hold the litter box and had about a foot of extra floor space so the cats could "shake off" before exiting the box. We put a nubby-textured litter mat from Walmart in the extra floor space.
As a bonus, you can pad and upholster the hinged lid with some quilt batting, fabric of your choice, and a staple gun and, tada! you have an attractive "litter bench" for your mudroom/laundry room. It also helps keep dogs/kids away from the litter box.
you could possibly keep her in 1 room overnight to make for easier cleanup and maybe you could also get her a bed and encourage her to sleep in it by putting an old shirt of yours with your scent on it in it. also, if she is urinating more frequently than she used to, you should call the vet seeing as it could be related to other health complications requiring meds. when i used to work for a vet we encountered this situation often with older kitties
Hi, my cat will not do this(she's 7yrs. old + stuck in her ways) but if you'll buy a litter box with a hood on it , that should keep it off the floor so much.
Also, at the pet superstore they sell these mats that have sort of "shag" carpet(plastic)that catches the litter as they step out of the box.
Hope this helps! I lost my other cat at 13yrs. old, so yours is doing great to be here at 18!!!
I had the same problem a while back. It might depend on the age, the breed, the size, or maybe the type of litter. You should experiment with different kinds of litter if you have not already. If your cat has long fur, it might naturally stick to it's fur for obvious reasons. However, since your cat is around 18 years old, I wonder how long you have had this problem. If it has gone on most of it's life, then try one of these solutions. If not, you might want to try to find a reason why this has happened around the time it started, such as different carpet, different litter, extreme change in fur length or texture, grooming supplies, vet change or anything else you can think of.
If you need more help, try to search online for different types of litter. Some kinds work for some cats and some don't. Also, don't hesitate to ask your vet or pet store if you have not already.
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