I've always found kitty litter pretty gross. It's literally your cat's bathroom, and it's not hard for that cat litter to get outside of its designated place, and consequently tracked into the kitchen. The kitchen is where you cook and eat, so you most definitely want to keep the kitty litter out. So then, how do you keep kitty litter out of the kitchen, and how do you find other places to contain it? Containing your cat litter actually isn't that difficult, and once you do it, you'll be forever grateful! No one wants cat litter tracking into the area where they cook and eat.
You would never install a toilet in your kitchen, yet many people have no qualms about keeping a litter box in the kitchen. The logic behind that, I guess, is that it's convenient for cleaning and such, but when you think about it, you are essentially keeping a toilet in your kitchen. That's disgusting. So, first step: remove the litter box from the kitchen. Also, if the litter box is in a room immediately adjacent to the kitchen, move it. If the cat is going to track litter after using the litter box, then you don't want the kitchen to be the first place it's going to go.
It's a better idea to keep your litter box by the back door. Also, if you have a pet flap attached to your back door, then that could be excellent for your purposes. If the cat uses the litter box, and then decides to go outside, the litter will track that way, and if it decides to stay inside, the leftover litter will most likely stay close to the rug by the back door. This is a much more preferable option to keeping the option in the kitchen; it better contains the litter, and the litter will likely not track far enough into the kitchen.
Something to also remember is to wash your hands thoroughly after handling the cat litter; nothing is more disgusting than cooking with hands that have just dealt in kitty litter. Cleanliness is your ultimate goal, and it's completely possible!
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