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Should You Use Litter box or Litter Pan Liners?

By: Dr. Debra Primovic

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Should You Use Litter box or Litter Pan Liners?

Should you use litter pan (also known as litter box) liners? Using litter box liners can be convenient, but they also have drawbacks that make them less than perfect for some owners.

What is a litter box liner? They are essentially durable plastic bags that line the inside of the litter box. There are two kinds of liners:

  • Regular litter box liners – These are typically made of thick plastic similar to a garbage bag. They allow you to quickly and easily change out litter without touching any of the soiled material. To use, simply gather up the edges of the bag and lift out the dirty litter. When it's time to refill the litter box, place a clean liner in the box and pour new litter on top of it.

  • Sifting litter liners are like regular liners but have holes poked in the liner. When lifted, the clean litter sifts through and the clumped soiled litter can be removed. These litters are typically placed in stacks in the bottom of a litter pan, so you can sift the same litter many times without needing to dispose of the entire box full of litter.

    Should you use litter box liners?The answer depends on your cat.

    Some cats hate the sound or feel of liners. Others will dig so far into their litter that they hit the liner and tear it with their claws, rendering it useless. Other cats won't use lined litter boxes at all. And, of course, liners are an additional monthly cost.

    If you want to try liners, use them on only one litter box at first and keep another litter box liner-free. Although they are convenient, don't put litter box liners on every litter box until you are sure they won't bother your cat.

    I hope this gives you more information on litter box liners.


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