Using a Cat Litter Pan Liner
Cats that stay strictly indoors require the proper litter pan that is well maintained by keeping it clean, smelling fresh and filled with the proper amount of new litter. A key to keeping the inside of a litter pan clean is the use of a cat litter pan liner. You can find a variety of cat litter pan liner products at the grocery store or retail pet store catering to pet needs.
Using a cat litter pan liner helps make the process of cleaning and changing soiled litter much easier. The cat litter pan liner does just what its name implies by lining the litter pan with a thin plastic type covering to contain the litter. When the litter pan has been used by the cat, the waste will be absorbed or covered with litter but it will not leak through to the actual litter pan. As the cat litter pan liner becomes full and needs changing, you simply pull the liner from the pan and use a twist tie to secure the cat litter pan liner the same way you close up a garbage bag. The cat litter pan liner can then be disposed of making the clean up a much easier task.
If enough litter has not been added to the litter pan and you have a cat that digs into the litter vigorously and has very sharp nails, it is possible they can puncture the bottom of the cat litter pan liner. To address this problem, add enough litter to the pan so the cat has what they feel is enough litter to dig in, use a larger and deeper based litter pan or try trimming their nails. If none of these solutions work, purchase a sifting cat litter pan which does not require the use of a cat litter pan liner the same way a standard pan uses a liner.
Another issued to be aware of when using a cat litter pan liner is if you’re using a litter pan that does not have a cover to help hold the liner securely in place around the rim of the litter pan, when your cat begins to prepare to use the litter pan or has finished and is scratching the litter to cover up the waste, they can snag the cat litter pan liner with their nails and pull the liner from the rim of the litter pan. This can be a problem because the more they scratch the more liner they may pull away from the rim. To help prevent this from happening, use a litter pan that has a cover.
Once the cat litter pan liner has been tightly placed around the rim of the pan, place the cover or lid over the rim and be sure it locks securely in place. The cat can enter the litter pan through the entrance of the cover and use the pan and the lid will help prevent them from undoing the liner from the rim.
Keeping the litter pan clean and germ free is important to your cat’s health and a cat litter pan liner will help make this possible.