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Cat litter box liners/matting?

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by leo_ge, May 11, 2016.


  1. leo_ge

    leo_ge PetForums Newbie

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    Hello!

    Our cat uses an open litter box with clumping white litter and all is good for it.
    Each time after it used the toilet, we take away most of what it produced.
    About once a week we replace the litter and here is the problem:

    If we haven't laid anything under the litter inside the box, there's a lot of s..t on the bottom which is difficult and unpleasant to clean. If we use litter box bags, then during the week the cat scratches holes in the bag and also it all looks ugly, as the plastic gets inflated and has large folds.

    Can anybody advice of a solution?

    Maybe there exists some kind of one-time plastic matting, which can be put beneath the litter to avoid scrubbing the box floor each time when emptying the box?

    Thanks in advance...
     
  2. leo_ge

    leo_ge PetForums Newbie

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    Just to elaborate: I think the problem with plastic bags is that they go round the edges of the tray, so the cat when entering/exiting, folds and scratches them.

    If there were just plane stiff plastic sheets which would lay under the litter and not stick from sides, then when you clean it, you just through the litter and raise the sheet and don't need to scrub the floor.
     
  3. Soozi

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    I have never used liners I would think they are more trouble than they are worth. I know some people use newspaper but I'm inclined to just shake the litter to one side and clean the base of the tray. Be interested to know if there are other types of liners.
     
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    leo_ge PetForums Newbie

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    OK, I think I found the solution in the internet: people advice just to put a folded newspaper underneath.
    Seems a great solution and you don't need to scrub it.
     
  5. lymorelynn

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    Is the litter deep enough? The tray should be scrubbed clean when you change it anyway, whether there is any visible mess or not. I have to agree that tray liners are a waste of time and if you were to find a kind of matting surely you would have the same problem as with just the tray
     
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    You aren't putting the litter deep enough if it is seeping to the bottom of the box.
     
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    leo_ge PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks for all the replies!

    I still think disposable matting is much different than just box without anything, as I would through the matting away and will not have to scrub the box.

    Matting is also better than lining bags, as it doesn't stick on the sides.
    I'll try using newspapers or cardboard as matting, but I'll also try (thanks for this advice) to put more litter.

    Currently when we clean it, the box floor is covered with cemented cat's waste and it is hard to clean it and not pleasant at all.
     
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    Deep, deep litter as others have said is the key.

    When I started using a wood based clumping litter, it was clumping all the way to the surface of the tray and sticking to it. Now it's deeper the clumps are separate little balls (or big depending on which cat did it :)) that just pop out easily.
     
  11. Soozi

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    What litter are you using? Any litter that contains bentonite does set like cement. I would try a change of litter.
     
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    What liter are you using? I used golden graham and there are loads of old threads and newish ones on the best litter. A lot of cheaper supermarket litters are not good at doing what is needed.
     
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    Yes they set into hard clumps - but if the litter is deep enough, then nothing should get through to the bottom of the tray & the clumps are easy to remove

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    Lol! Liddy has deep litter but loves digging to Australia! I don't have any problems cleaning her tray though.
     
  15. huckybuck

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    Not sure you are cleaning it often enough.

    When I used non clumping I had a plastic liner then newspaper then litter. I cleaned it once a day and it was fine.

    However I discovered clumping and haven't looked back. No liner no paper just litter cleaned twice a day for 4 cats and then topped up!!
     
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    I change Rosie's litter box every couple of days so it doesn't get so bad and I clean it with hot soapy water each time, I don't like to leave it any longer than a couple of days
     
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    I echo everyone else about litter depth. For Flicka's main litter tray she has clumping clay litter. And the only time anything sticks to the bottom is when I've been a bit late in topping it up depth-wise (down to maybe 4cm). 99% of the time it's as @Lilylass says that the clumps are free in the loose litter to be easily removed.
     
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