You might want to try using a high-sided litterbox if they're kicking the litter out - click here for an example
. I've read here that you can even try making your own out of a Rubbermaid bin & cutting out a door for your cat, but I haven't been able to find any bins w/a smooth floor.
How many litterboxes do you usually have for the cats? If your kitties are high-volume poopers, it might help to provide a box for each cat. That would keep the box from becoming crowded with clumps and poop so quickly, making scooping less messy.
If you're having trouble with the clumps breaking up, one way to deal with that is to gently tilt the box so the litter shifts to the other side, exposing the clumps, so it's easier to lift them out without having them break up. Another option might be to try a different kind of litter - some brands clump more firmly than others. Look for a clumping litter labeled for multiple cats - they usually are a stronger clumping formula to stand up to kitty traffic.
Another option for litter, if your cats won't bury their poop, is to try using litter crystals (click here)
- they work by dehydrating the poop, and absorbing the pee. All you have to do is scoop out the dehydrated poop and stir the crystals every day - it's less messy than clumping litter, but more expensive. There are a lot of store brands available now that are a little cheaper, though.
In our house, we have 4 boxes for the 4 cats. Right now we're using a scoopable litter (Swheat Scoop
) in 2 of them, and Feline Pine
in the other 2. We scoop every day (2-3x a day for the high-traffic box), and wash the scoopable litter boxes every week or 2 (if the litter is still clean we pour it into another container and reuse it, if it's dirty, we change it). We dump the Feline Pine boxes' litter when it has been used up (turns to sawdust) and wash the boxes before refilling.
I've never had any luck with liners either, my cats tear right through them. Instead, I use this spray (click here)
every time I wash out the litterbox - wash the box with bleach & water, rinse thoroughly, dry, then spray. The spray helps keep the box from absorbing odors, and helps keep wet clumps from sticking to the box.Important note
- if you do decide to change litter types, be sure to follow the introduction directions, or provide the new litter in a separate box for your cats to try while you keep a box with their usual litter available - some cats are picky about their litter, and need time to change over, and sudden changes of litter type might cause problems with going outside the box.
Another thought - What are you feeding your cats? If they're high-volume poopers, it might be worthwhile to consider changing foods. A more nutrient-dense food can reduce the amount of poop produced. Pat&Alix, the TCS nutritional adviser, can give advice on choosing a good food if you want to post a thread about it.