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How to keep my floor clean from Litter Boxes?

post #1 of 36
Thread Starter 
Hi,

I have two cats and three litterboxes, all next to each other because I live in a small apartment.

They are on a hardwood floor and the floor looks terrible! There's litter everywhere, and even after I sweep the floor, it still looks dirty/chalky plus litter gets all over it soon afterward, whenever they come out of the boxes.

What do you do?
post #2 of 36
I have a littermat, but I have the same issue, stuff all over the floor. I will be interested in the responses you get.
It is the one thing that drives my husband crazy about the cats.
I have 2 cats and they share a litterbox.
post #3 of 36
Thread Starter 
Thanks. I used to have one litterbox for both of them...until they started peeing all over the place because the box was too dirty for them to pee in (unlike my bed lol)

So three takes a longer time to get dirty (plus I clean the poop out every day unless I'm away)
post #4 of 36
Hmmm, my floor doesn't get that bad. I have a littermat under the litterbox, and then I sweep every couple days. There doesn't seem to be an unruly amount of litter on the floor for me..

One question, are your litterboxes covered ones? Because if not, they may just keep kicking litter out all the time
post #5 of 36
Try a small rug or towel outside the litter boxes. What kind of litter are you using?
post #6 of 36
Thread Starter 
Hi, no, mine are not covered. Do the covered ones make a big difference? And what kind of litter mat do you have? Can you send me a link for both (covered litter box and litter mat?)
post #7 of 36
Thread Starter 
Hi,

Fresh Step in one (not clumping) and World's Best in the other two.
post #8 of 36
Quote:
Originally Posted by bloob & valo View Post
Hi,

Fresh Step in one (not clumping) and World's Best in the other two.
You might want to try a scooping clay litter in that third box, instead of the standard clay. Your kitties may like that better. The standard clay tends to get stinky quicker.

As far as the litter tracking on the hardwood, my sister has a Dirt Devil Broom Vac. And my MIL just uses a broom and dust pan. Mine are on carpet, so I have to vacuum.
post #9 of 36
this is the worlds most awesome litter box!!!
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...l+n+clean&sr=1

as for a mat I use one of the lined door mats like what you can find at wal-mart for like 3 or 4 dollars and it works wonderfully!!!! We also have hard wood floors and 5 litter boxes with four cats. It looks something like this...
http://www.uline.com/Browse_Listing_...2DFatigue+Mats
but much much cheaper at walmart I buy the really big ones and cut them to fit what I need
post #10 of 36
Watch the mats on wood floors as some floors don't like the backing on some mats.

I bought a couple of cheapo bath towels in colors that go with the room the litter boxes are in. In a pinch, I can just pull the sides of the towels up to the litterbox, so the spilled litter is hidden next to the box. And it's easy to wash the towels weekly.
post #11 of 36
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone, thanks for all the great ideas! I'm considering between the towels and mat, and thinking about the devil dirt vac, and also that amazing looking litter box. Brandi, do you have this litterbox or is it on your wishlist?
post #12 of 36
I have 4 of those litter boxes the 5th is on my wish list! I love them they are awesome!! Very simple to use and even easier to clean! The fith one I have now looks like this
and it works pretty good for the basement then I have two roll-n-cleans upstairs one in our room one in the living room 2 roll-n-cleans downstairs and the one you see in the picture downstairs.
post #13 of 36
One of mine, I had that problem with; I put it inside a big cardboard box and now I just dump the litter from the box back into the litter box when the cats kick it out.
post #14 of 36
Thread Starter 
That sounds like a great idea! So let me get this right, they jump over a cardboard box (surrounding the litter box) into the litter box? And then whatever they kick out falls in the card board box (which the litter box is inside of)?
post #15 of 36
Thread Starter 
Hi! I just ordered that litter box and a mat! Thanks for your advice, I can't wait to set it up and get a neat floor!
post #16 of 36
I found using a non-clay litter to be helpful in preventing damage to wood floors from dust & scratching caused by clay litter. There are several options: Feline Pine, Nature's Miracle (or Fresh Results - same thing), World's Best, Yesterday's News, etc. I've only personally used Feline Pine (a non-clumping pine pellet litter) and Fresh Results (a clumping litter made from corn cobs), but those never caused any damage to the floors - they're too soft to scratch the floor, and don't make any dust.
post #17 of 36
Thread Starter 
Hi thanks

I'm going to cut out Fresh Step and just keep World's Best.
post #18 of 36
did you order the roll-n-clean box?
post #19 of 36
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brandi View Post
did you order the roll-n-clean box?
yeah! from petsmart!
post #20 of 36
I use a litter mat that I bought at petco... but it was over priced.

I'd say invest in a hand vac, thats the best solution I have found so far.
post #21 of 36
Thread Starter 
Hi,

OK. Like dustbuster or dirt devil?
post #22 of 36
We've tried lots of them, and the one that seems to work the best (and hasn't broken down in over a year, which all the other ones did - they get a LOT of use from us!!!) is the cone shaped dirt devil. We got it at Linens N Things. Oh - found a link. http://www.lnt.com/product/index.jsp...entPage=search

It has a small catch area, so you have to empty it frequently.

...But you may want to see what works best for others.

Laurie
post #23 of 36
Thread Starter 
This looks great- thanks Laurie!
post #24 of 36
Thread Starter 
Hi OK we've got the rolly litter box now....Two problems.

1) We just stuck litter in it. Is that right? Or are the cats supposed to walk on top of that grate I saw in the pic?

2) The cats won't go in it; they're still going in their two other regular litter boxes!
post #25 of 36
I used to keep one of those really cheap woven rugs under the litterboxes, but litter would still get on the floor itself. Now I just sweep around the litterboxes every few days, but I know what you mean about the chalk on the floor We just got a Litter Robot, and now our cats have gotten extra acrobatic about kicking litter out the small opening--and going much farther distances. I might switch to something else that's harder to kick (like World's Best Litter), I haven't decided yet.
post #26 of 36
Thread Starter 
I have World's Best and it's a dramatic difference for the short-hair Persian's pushed in nose. He sneezed whenever he was in Fresh Step, never for World's Best.

As far as neatness... World's Best gets kicked on the floor as much as any litter.
post #27 of 36
Does it track less at least? I know the granules are bigger than regular litter, Scoop Away gets stuck in my kitties' paws and tracked all over the house.
post #28 of 36
I have a shark sweeper [electronic sweeper thingy] and I just sweep the litter off the floor everyday when I pick it out.
post #29 of 36
Thread Starter 
I tried the Fresh Step Scoopable cat litter once. My cats were literally flinging it on the bathroom walls. So I know what you mean about getting stuck to paws. Never again!

World's Best (or regular Fresh Step) will not get stuck in your kitties paws. Much easier to sweep up. And blends in much better with my wood floor than the blue regular Fresh Step.
post #30 of 36
Quote:
Originally Posted by bloob & valo View Post
Hi OK we've got the rolly litter box now....Two problems.

1) We just stuck litter in it. Is that right? Or are the cats supposed to walk on top of that grate I saw in the pic?

2) The cats won't go in it; they're still going in their two other regular litter boxes!
I have been having a huge tracking problem lately. I have been using tidy cats multiple cats odor control scoopable littler. So are the cats supposed to stand on the grate in the rolly litterbox? I wonder how well that would go over?
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