How to Get Wet Kitty Litter Out of the Carpet

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Things You'll Need

  • Paper towel

  • Scrub brush

  • Vacuum

  • Cat urine neutralizer

Cats often track wet litter onto carpet.

While you may think owning a cat is fun, cleaning up after it typically is not. Wet cat litter in your carpet is not only unsightly, but smells less than pleasant, too. It can also give you difficulty when attempting to remove it. Cats often collect soiled litter in their paws, then track it around your home on your carpets and rugs. They also often kick it out of their boxes when covering their mess. Fortunately, you don't have to live with the littered carpet forever; ways are available to get it out.


Step 1

Collect as much of the wet litter as you can with a paper towel. Some of the litter may be loose enough for you to grab.

Step 2

Allow the litter to dry. The litter will become easier to manage once it is dry.

Step 3

Loosen the dried litter from the carpet fibers using a scrub brush. Vacuum over the litter spot. The vacuum should collect a majority, if not all, of the litter. If you still see litter, repeat the step until it is completely gone.

Step 4

Wash the spot with an odor neutralizer. The wet litter likely left urine in the carpet fibers. Leaving the urine in your carpet creates an unpleasant smell and may cause the cat to eliminate in the same area. You must use a neutralizer as opposed to a typical household cleaner, as the neutralizer completely eliminates the scent, whereas cleaners normally do not.


Place a cat litter mat in front of your cat's litter box. Doing so can remove some of the wet litter that is stuck between the cat's paws and in its hair, which prevents it from collecting on your carpet. Cat urine neutralizer is typically available at pet stores.



Heather Vecchioni

Heather Vecchioni is a freelance writer in Maryland. Her work has appeared in several animal-interest magazines, as well as Baltimore-area newspapers and publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Maryland. She has worked in the veterinary field for over 10 years and has been writing and editing professionally for over five.