Cats in some ways are easier to clean up after than dogs. They are trained to the litter box. This means that a cat owner needs to clean about two square feet of real estate rather than a whole outdoor yard or even neighborhood. It seems that each type of litter has its own pluses and minuses. Clumping litter is the most popular. It is easiest to scoop. The drawback is that it is most often clay-based. Clay can clog septic systems and toilets so it is important that when you scoop, only the feces goes down the toilet. The litter should be bagged and disposed of in the trash. One of the downsides to clay litter is that it tends to stick to cats’ paws so it can get tracked outside the litter box.
Flushable cat litters are more beaded in shape and so scatter even more and are difficult to sweep up.
Cats like their privacy so the litter boxes that come with domed lids are a good choice. They also contain the fly away bits of litter caused by digging. Be sure to fill only about 2 inches of litter in the pan. Any more seems to be unpleasant to cats. Sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda underneath the litter to control odor.
A Unique Solution
There is a unique solution to the cat clean up process and that is toilet training your cat. There is s product called CitiKitty which can be purchased on Amazon. It slowly trains your cat to use the toilet so all you have to do is flush when you get home. No litter, no odor, very little clean up.
Editor’s Note: We originally published this article in January 2014. We have edited it for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.