Is Loose Litter Driving You Crazy? Get the Best Low Tracking Cat Litter for a Tidier Home

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What is the best cat litter for less tracking?

Stepping on cat litter in the middle of the night while barefoot is not the greatest way to be jolted awake. It happened countless times until I found the best low tracking cat litter for me and my kitty. Here’s information on low-tracking litters, plus some cat litter reviews to help you find the right one for your family. 

Something I discovered in my search for the perfect litter was that smaller granules stick more to the grooves of a cat’s paw. Larger granules stay in the litter box. Now, before you rush out to buy a bag of large granulated litter, you must take into consideration your cat’s preference.

Some cats hate large granules, and some love it. You might have to try out a few different brands before settling on the perfect litter. Just remember, if your cat loves the litter, they are less likely to do their business outside of the litter box.

Another discovery was that clumping cat litter tracks more than non-clumping. Cat litter companies coat the litter in a liquid adhesive. If your cat’s paws are even the slightest bit wet, the litter will stick to them. Clumping cat litter makes cleaning up the box easier, but you end up having to sweep and vacuum more everywhere else.

My cat is a stunning black kitty with blue eyes and long hair. Why do I bring this up? It turns out that non-tracking litter makes a long-haired cat’s life much simpler. Litter sticks to their hair, especially clumping litter.

There are other pros and cons to take into consideration when choosing a non-tracking litter. If you choose a non-clumping clay litter, it will be more difficult to keep clean. It is also dusty, and most are not biodegradable. Other types of non-tracking litter have large grains which some cats refuse to use. Finicky creatures, aren’t they!

There are several non-tracking litters that tick all the right boxes for being a great overall litter. They are fragrance-free, control odors, and eco-friendly. Many are also affordable, flushable, and cats love to use them. Here are some great choices for you and your furry friend to try out. 

Rufus & Coco Wee Kitty Natural Flushable Clumping Cat Litter

This is a unique corn-based cat litter. It is biodegradable and flushable. The clumping agent breaks down in the presence of water, so it is easily handled by septic and municipal water systems.

One thing to keep in mind if you flush your litter is whether your municipal water system can treat the bacteria found in cat waste. Call them first to find out.

Rufus & Coco claim this litter is super-absorbable, able to absorb up to four times its weight in water. In my experience, they are correct. I never dealt with pools of urine on the bottom of the litter pan because of the absorbancy. It clumped very well, and though I never flushed it, it is a nice option to have. The grains are medium to large, and my cat had no problem using it.

There were two things I didn’t love about this litter. First, it is very dusty. After using this litter for the first time, my cat’s black hair looked ghostly. Plus, I sneezed while filling the litter box. My second issue was the fragrance. It smells like an orange grove. I love citrus, but I prefer fragrance-free cat litter. 

Aside from the dust and the scent, the performance was superb. Rufus & Coco know how to make an outstanding cat litter that doesn’t track.

Fresh Step Clean Paws Multi-Cat Scented Clumping Cat Litter

Though this has fragrance in it, I gave it a shot. This litter worked extremely well. It wasn’t dusty at all, and scooping and cleaning were easy. It comes in three different fragrances, plus an unscented version I will try soon.

Fresh Step uses an ammonia blocking technology that really neutralizes odors well. This includes charcoal and plant extracts, plus the power of Febreze. If you have a smelly litter box, I highly recommend this litter.

As far as tracking goes, it stayed in the pan and not on the kitty’s paws. In fact, if this didn’t have artificial fragrance in it, I would advise people caring for asthmatic cats to try it. Possibly one of the least dusty litters on the market. 

They make the formula from large grains of clay. Because of this, do not flush. It can damage your septic tanks, and municipal systems aren’t equipped to handle it. Overall, this non-tracking and clumping clay litter did an outstanding job. Give it a shot, you won’t regret it.

K Kamy’s Zoo I Am Tofu Tofu Cat Litter

When I saw the name on the package I had to put it in my shopping cart. Turns out they make this litter from soy, peas, and cornstarch, hence the tofu reference. It is free from artificial fragrances, dyes, and they sterilize it using extremely high temperatures. 

When you first open the bag it has a delightful herbal smell. This litter comes in three scents, but I went with the original without artificial fragrance. It clumps like a champ, and it is biodegradable and flushable.

My cat liked this litter, and so did I. The pellets are thin so they don’t irritate the bottom of the cat’s paw. The only dust I noticed was at the bottom of the bag which the manufacturer says is normal. This kitty litter really worked. Aside from a few scattered pellets around the litter pan, there were no problems with tracking. It could do a little better at controlling odors, but other than that I was pleased. 

This litter is super absorbent, and it is my personal favorite out of all that kitty and I tested. Two paws up!

Purina Yesterday’s News Non Clumping Paper Cat Litter

This cat litter ticks all the right boxes for a non-tracking litter. It is eco-friendly, has no added fragrance, and is very absorbent. There is a scented version available.

The medium-sized pellets are made from recycled newspaper, and gentle on kitty paws. There is little to no dust, and it would make an excellent litter for cats or humans with respiratory problems. 

There were a couple of things I didn’t care for, but I’m unsure if it is the manufacturer’s fault or mine. When scooping out the pan it took considerable effort for the clean pellets to fall through the slats in my scooper. So either my scooper slats are too small, or it is the litter. This doubled the time I spent cleaning the litter pan. 

The other issue I had was odor control. I feel like Purina could’ve done a better job neutralizing odors. Maybe they could have blended some baking soda or charcoal into the newspaper pellets.

This cat litter is easy to recommend. It doesn’t track, and it’s super absorbent. If you have issues with odor, just sprinkle baking soda into the pan when refilling it. 

Dr. Elsey’s Premium Clumping Cat Litter

The Dr. Elsey brand makes excellent cat litters, so I had high hopes when I tried it. It is a fragrance-free formula. There was very little dust, and it didn’t track all over the house. Dr. Elsey went the extra mile with this hypoallergenic formula. They even omitted vegetable proteins from the formula so all cats can use it. I also want to praise them for the packaging. It’s a box with a handle that’s very easy to pour.

The issue I had with this litter was the smell. Like the Purina review above, I wish Dr. Elsey had included an odor neutralizer such as baking soda or charcoal. It smells almost sour once the cat has done his business. This is easily remedied by pouring in some baking soda yourself. 

This litter clumps well, and it was a breeze keeping the litter pan clean. The clumps were actually bigger than what I’m used to. Either my cat was drinking more water or it’s the litter. This was not a deal-breaker since I use a sturdy aluminum scooper.

This is a great litter, except for the odor control issue. I especially recommend it for cats that have breathing or other health issues. 

Why does my cat throw litter everywhere?

Does your kitty like to party in the litter box? Mine used to throw litter all over the place until I figured out what the issue was. Turns out my cat needed a bigger box, and once I gave him a fancy big box, the litter throwing behavior vanished.

I also switched to the best low tracking cat litter I could find. There are several reasons your cat might be kicking litter all over the place.

  • The walls of the litter box are too low. It is natural for cats to dig a small hole to do their business in, and then they cover it up. If the walls are too low, then much of the litter will fly out of the pan.
  • Young kittens really do like to party and play in the litter box. Cats usually outgrow this behavior.
  • There is not enough litter in the pan. If the cat litter is too shallow, they will get frustrated because they can’t cover up their waste. This causes them to kick litter around.
  • Cats get perturbed by dirty litter boxes. Clean it more often and see if it helps.

Besides partying in the litter pan, another reason cat litter tracks all over the house are because it sticks to their paws and fur. It is not your cat’s fault if litter sticks to her long hair. The fault lies with the litter. Try one of the litters mentioned above and see if it helps. 

Whenever you clean the litter pan be sure to sweep the floor around the litter box. This will minimize the amount of litter traveling around your home.

If you keep the litter box in a hidden space like a utility room or basement, consider getting a cheap kiddie pool. Place the litter box inside of it, and of course, don’t fill it with water. Now your cat can kick all the litter he wants, and it will stay in that one place.

How often should you change out cat litter completely?

While we’re on the topic, I often get asked how often you should completely change out the litter box. The answer is every three to four weeks. When you do, wash the litter pan out with a mild detergent and warm water. Do not use bleach, ammonia, or smelly household cleaners. Cats find those smells annoying, and it discourages them from wanting to use the box. 

Can you flush cat poop down the toilet?

Another burning question is about flushing cat poop down the toilet. Under most circumstances, the answer is no. But there are some exceptions. The reason you shouldn’t flush the poop is that cats are carriers of a parasite known as Toxoplasma gondii

Municipal water systems are not equipped to handle this toxin, and it creates health risks to both humans and animals. Several studies have shown an increased risk of mental disorders such as schizophrenia after coming in contact with this parasite. The parasite has also been known to kill mammals living downstream from sewage treatment plants. 

Now, if you know your cat is not carrying the parasite, and they are an indoor cat, you can dispose of their poop in the toilet. Make sure you are using a cat litter that is flushable and won’t harm your septic tank or pipes.