Cats are great; constantly stepping on their litter is not. If you bought a litter-trapping mat only to watch your cats leap dramatically across it onto the floor you just swept every time they exit the litter box, you might wonder why you even bothered. Before you splurge on a robot vacuum, try turning the litter box around so it faces a wall.
Sometimes, the easiest, fastest way to get cats to behave is to give them no other choice. That’s very much the strategy here.
Without all that wide open space to cavort in, your cats will be forced to walk across the mat on their way into and out of the can, every time. It won’t eliminate rogue litter particles entirely, but it will give the mat a fighting chance at catching them before they’re released into the wild. Plus, it’s a free solution to a problem that can be annoyingly expensive to fix.
There’s no need to buy a newer, bigger mat — which you and I both know your cat will also refuse to touch — or even relocate the litter box. Leave the box where it is, turn it around to face a wall, and arrange the mat to cover as much of the floor between them as possible. If you can wedge it into a corner, even better.
There’s one flaw to this otherwise perfect plan: You can’t turn an open litter box to face a wall.
If that’s what your cats use, they will unfortunately continue come and go as they please with no regard for your well-laid plans. But if you’re a closed litter box household and your cats absolutely refuse to set foot on the mat, this trick will keep tracked litter to a minimum.