Best Cat Litter Liners
Last Updated by Brandon F. on February 3, 2020
Depending on who you ask, a cat litter box liner may be an absolute necessity or simply a waste of money. However, there are still a lot of people out there who aren’t very familiar with what a cat litter box liner is, what its purpose is, or what the best cat litter liners are.
In this article, we will answer all of these questions for you!
If you are just wanting to look for the best cat litter box liners for your home, check out the table below. But if you are after more information about cat litter liners, scroll on below to see the rest of the article.
- 1 Best Cat Litter Liners
- 1.1 What is a Cat Litter Box Liner?
- 1.2 What to Look for in a Cat Litter Box Liner
- 1.3 Is a Cat Litter Box Liner Necessary?
- 1.4 Best Cat Litter Box Liners
- 1.5 Conclusion
What is a Cat Litter Box Liner?
A cat litter box liner (as its name suggests) is a liner that you place inside your cat’s litter box. This liner is placed inside the litter box BEFORE you fill it up with litter. After filling up the litter box with cat litter, the liner forms a barrier between the actual litter box and the litter.
After your cat does its business to the point that it is time to replace the cat litter, you can simply lift up the cat litter liner from its sides, tie up the used cat litter, and discard in the trash.
Think of a cat litter box liner like a trash bag for your litter box. In fact, you will find that the overall feel and design of a cat litter box closely resembles your typical strong trash bag.
What to Look for in a Cat Litter Box Liner
A cat litter box liner needs to be able to hold the weight of a full box of cat litter plus the moisture from the cat waste. In larger litter boxes, this can amount to quite a bit of weight!
Because of this, you want a cat litter line that is strong. The worse thing that could happen is for you to try lifting up the liner only for it to stretch and tear, spilling the contents over the floor.
And the liner needs to not only be tear-resistant to stretching but also tear-resistant to scratching. When your cat is using the litter box and stirring the litter around, their paws will sometimes make contact with the liner. If you have a cat that is aggressive with its paws and/or is not de-clawed, this can cause issues on lower-end liners.
Another good feature to look for is a liner that has easy to grab handles. These handles are what you will use to lift the liner up, tie in shut, and transport it out.
Finally, you want to make sure that that cat litter liner that you go with is large enough for your cat’s litter box. This is a case where it is better to go bigger than you need rather than risk it with something that potentially could be too small for your current litter box.
Is a Cat Litter Box Liner Necessary?
We got asked this question a lot: is a cat litter box liner actually necessary?
Like many things in life, it depends. A cat litter box in conjunction with a quality cat litter is really all that you need in order to meet that needs of your cat. However, some people don’t enjoy or are physically unable to scoop cat litter daily and empty out the litter box in a traditional manner.
A cat litter box liner certainly makes the process of emptying out a cat litter box much easier. And it is best used for non-clumping cat litter. This is because non-clumping cat litter will typically be completely emptied out when it is time to replace. If you are someone that prefers clumping litter, you will probably be scooping out cat waste with a scoop, thereby negating the main benefit of a cat litter liner.
Another thing to consider is that the cat litter liner will create a volume between the cat litter and the cat litter box. If the liner happens to rip, it can allow cat waste to seep through and find its way in between the litter and the litter box. This can result in a stinky mess when you go to emptying out the litter box.
Finally, there is the added cost of the liners. While we wouldn’t consider them to be expensive, if you are someone that enjoys using them, it will be an extra item on the shopping list that you have to pick up. Thankfully, a box tends to last for a while.
Best Cat Litter Box Liners
We have discussed what a cat litter box liner is, what to look for in them, and if they are actually necessary. Now we will list out a few of the best cat litter box liners.
Easyology Cat Litter Liner
Easyology makes one of the most popular cat litter liners available online. Their popularity is good evidence that they are doing something right! Their main selling point is just how thick they are. These liners are essentially like trash bags on steroids. This thickness makes them great for larger litter boxes where you plan on placing a large amount of cat litter and also for cats that tend to be aggressive with their paws while doing their business. It also makes Easyology Cat Litter Liners great for multi-cat litter boxes. They are offered in large 36” x 18” sizes.
Pureness Cat Pan Liners
Pureness is another brand that has an extremely popular cat litter liner online. And we really like how affordable their liners are. An added benefit is that they are made of 65% recycled plastic. Their 3-ply no tear technology helps them stand up to large amounts of cat litter or the occasional sharp claw brushing against it. However, they aren’t quite as large as some of the other liners that we have tested. They are good for litter boxes up to 19” x 15” but for anything larger, they won’t work.
Jonny Cat Liners
Jonny Cat is a brand that we have reviewed several cat litters from. They have branched out into making cat litter accessories as well (including these liners). Their liners are on the larger side, coming in at 36” x 18”. At this size, they will fit most large or jumbo litter boxes and even litter boxes that are extra deep. You will have plenty of extra space to wrap the liner in nice and tight, even on the larger multi-cat litter boxes on the market. The only negative is the price: these are some of the more expensive liners you can buy.
Fresh Kitty Super Thick Litter Box Liners
For people that like to buy in bulk to save the headache of having to constantly restock, Fresh Kitty makes a huge box of 80 count litter liners. These liners come in at a good size (36” x 19”). The plastic that is used is extremely scratch resistant. We also have found the drawstrings to be quite resilient and able to handle even a full litter box.
Kitty Litty Litter Box Liners
These are another solid offering by a smaller company. They come in the same large sizes that we like to see (36” x 18”) which makes them great for really deep litter boxes. They are a bit more expensive than some of the other liners that we have tested but you can tell that the quality is certainly there. And for the added reassurance that the liners aren’t going to tear or break during use is worth a slight upcharge on our book.
Nature’s Miracle Odor Control Liners
Nature’s Miracle is another brand that we are quite familiar with thanks to their solid lineup of cat litters. However, they also have made a name for themselves with their selection of litter box liners. They are among the largest litter liners you will find anywhere (39” x 22”). An added benefit is that they actually come with antimicrobial protection which helps guard against bacteria growth (a common source of odors). They also have a fragrance to them that resembles the fragrance used in some of their cat litters. And with a thickness of 3 mil, they are some of the thickest liners you can buy.
Hefty Litter Box Liners
Just about everybody has heard from Hefty because of their trash bags. And seeing how there are some big similarities between trash bags and litter liners, it is no surprise that there are trash bag companies that have branched into making litter liners. These liners are on the thinner side (only 1.5 mil thick) so you will need to be extra careful while handling them to avoid tearing. However, the will have the same proven Hefty drawstrings that you have come to enjoy while using their trash bags.
We hope that this article about cat litter liners helped to answer some of your questions. Cat litter liners certainly aren’t for everybody and they also come with some negatives. But we feel that for most people, the positives will outweigh the negatives. If you decide to try cat litter liners out, we are confident that any of our choices will work well for you. We have tested all of the in-house and feel that each one meets the quality standards that we expect to see while still being reasonably priced.