|Litter box liners may seem like an easy way to empty used litter and keep the litter box clean, but they can actually make a box very stinky! Liners that don’t fit perfectly can create folds where urine can pool. Also, cats’ claws can poke holes in the liners as they scratch, which allows urine to seep through and settle on the bottom of the box.
Some cats object to the feel of the liners, especially ill-fitting or noisy ones. This may lead to litter box aversion if it becomes an uncomfortable place for them to step into.
The best way to keep the litter box clean is to scoop it a couple of times a day. Thoroughly scrub the box and change the litter as often as needed. Don’t take a shortcut by using litter box liners.
Pam Johnson-Bennett, CABC, is a certified cat behavior consultant and author of seven best-selling books. Her website is www.catbehaviorassociates.com
November 16th, 2011