When the cat takes the sand out of the litter box and brings it all over the house, it is the "joy" of any feline owner. Especially when you start to feel the grains of sand on the sofa, in the bed linen, on your feet or even on your clothes.
When we have a cat in the house, it is mandatory to have a litter box where the cat can do its physiological needs. If we can take dogs out for a walk at least twice a day to relieve themselves, we cannot do this in a similar way with cats. Except for cats who are kept in houses with access to the outside and demand to be outside when they need to defecate.
Coming back to apartment cats, owners know that the biggest problem, apart from hair left around the house (for which trimming is a very good solution), is the litter that cats remove from the litter box. Cats can remove sand from the litter box on their paws, tail or fur. Especially if they are cats with longer fur or the sand is very fine. It can easily be taken near the litter box, on the furniture, on the sofa, in the bed or wherever the cat roams. The vacuum cleaner is indispensable in this situation.
If you use a sand that is fine-grained or that becomes sticky in contact with liquids, the chances of it getting all over the house are very high.
The cat takes the sand out of the litter box around the house. What to do?
When choosing sand for your cat's litter box, it is important to choose a medium-grained sand that is not very sticky in contact with liquids and that the granules are relatively heavy.
If we take the example of "Silicate" type sand, it is available in different grain sizes. Small-grained sand (in dust form) collects well in the litter and effectively isolates unpleasant odors, but you will have this sand spread all over the house. "Silicate" sand with a larger grain size is removed from the litter box in smaller quantities, but due to the low weight of the granules, they will stick to the cat's paws and fur.
A larger, heavier grain sand is an excellent solution, tested by us. It will not stick to the cat's paws and you will save yourself from worrying about the sand from the litter box ending up on the sofa, bed or parquet. After testing dozens of types of sand for litter for 11 years, a good solution that we stopped at the moment is EVER CLEAN Litterfree Paws.
Even though it is a more expensive sand, EVER CLEAN Litterfree Paws offers numerous advantages. Its duration is very long, one box lasts about a month for two adult cats. The sand also does not stick to cats' paws, isolates unpleasant odors and collects very well. It forms hard and well-defined lumps.
To prevent sand from the litter box from spreading into the house, you can use a special mat placed in front of the litter boxes. The cat litter mat consists of two layers, which are fixed together with velcro elements, allowing them to be separated when you want to remove accumulated sand.
The top layer of the litter mat is perforated and flexible, which allows that when the cat leaves the litter, a significant part of the sand on the paws is "cleaned" by the mat. The sand thus remains on the bottom layer, and the cat can no longer spread it around the house.
By using these two methods, the cat will no longer carry sand from the litter box around the house on its paws.
Both the EVER CLEAN litter and the cat litter mat can be found at petshops online or in shopping centers.