5 Best Cat Litter Liners for Your Litter Box

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Just below is a table of the best cat litter box liners according to extensive online research. There are a lot of different brands and versions of these liners, so hopefully the table below will help you make more sense of these.

If you want to read more detail about any of these liners, then please click on the read more link in the table. You will be taken to a summary review of each product. Alternatively you can just continue on reading, and you will find a summary of those on the list below.

Top 5 Buyer Rated Cat Litter Box Liners

1. JONNY CAT Heavy Duty Litter Box Liners, Jumbo, 5 Liners-Box

Overall buyers rate these Jonny Cat liners with an average buyer satisfaction rate of 94% and they appear to be the most popular choice for many cat owners.

They measure 36″ x 18″ and each liner is 2 mm in thickness.

They do have a drawstring and they will fit most litter boxes but not every single type.

PROS

  • 87% of all buyers gave these a full 5 star review
  • Thicker and better quality than cheaper brands
  • Makes cleaning out a cat litter box fast and simple
  • Generally speaking buyers said they did not rip
  • Buyers say you can save money when you buy in bulk

CONS

  • 1% of buyers gave these a bad review
  • These are huge bags so not ideal for a smaller litter box

2. Easyology Ziggy Cat Litter Box Liners

Overall buyers rate these Easyology Ziggy Cat Litter Box Liners with an average buyer satisfaction rate of 84%.

They measure 36″ x 18″ and each liner is 3 mm in thickness. The manufacturer states these are the thickest cat liners available on the market, and I have found that this is the case.

The manufacturer also offer a 100% satisfaction money back guarantee.

PROS

  • 68% of all buyers gave these a full 5 star review
  • Great for Jumbo sized litter boxes
  • Very good if you have cats who tend to scratch up the litter box
  • Come with a money back guarantee so always worth a try to see if they work for you

CONS

  • 6% of buyers gave these a bad review
  • Slightly more expensive than other similar liners

3. Hyper Cat Extra Heavy Duty Jumbo Size Cat Pan Liners

Overall buyers rate these Hyper Cat Extra Heavy Duty Jumbo Size Cat Pan Liners with an average buyer satisfaction rate of 82%.

They measure 36″ x 18″ and each liner is so micron in thickness (0.6 mm) They come in a folding dispenser box.

These are made from a recyclable material and are also anti-microbial. These also come with a money back guarantee.

PROS

  • 61% of all buyers gave these a full 5 star review
  • Will fit standard sized litter boxes but will struggle with the Jumbo boxes
  • Liners are very thick and most buyers said they did not tear
  • Buyers said these were excellent value for money

CONS

  • 10% of buyers gave these a bad review
  • Can’t be used for larger litter boxes

4. Alfa Pet Kitty Cat Pan Liners

Overall buyers rate these Alfa Pet  liners with an average buyer satisfaction rate of 80%. Please note that these are sifting liners and not liner bags.

Please note that these are sifting litter box liners. They are large and measure 40″ x 38″. These should only be used with clumping cat litters.

They are held in place with a large rubber brand.

PROS

  • 62% of all buyers gave these a full 5 star review
  • Made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and that does make them very tough
  • Buyers said these were really good for older cats who tended to pee a great deal more

CONS

  • 9% of buyers gave these a bad review
  • A few buyers said these are more trouble than they are worth

5. Fresh Kitty 15ct Super Thick Jumbo Drawstring Litter Box Liners

Overall buyers rate these Fresh Kitty 15ct Super Thick Jumbo Drawstring Litter Box Liners with an average buyer satisfaction rate of 78%.

The manufacturer states these are 100% leak proof and come with tie handles for a fast and easy clean up.

Will fit any litter pan up to 25’’ L x 21″ W x 22″ H and the liners measure 43″ x 21″

PROS

  • 74% of all buyers gave these a full 5 star review
  • Buyers say these fit most litter boxes but always check the size before ordering
  • Won’t leave a gap between the box and the liner
  • Good for high backed litter boxes

CONS

  • 6% of buyers gave these a bad review
  • A few buyers said they had to use 2 liners to prevent shredding from the cat’s claws

What Makes a Good Cat Liner?

If you are thinking of buying and trying a cat litter box liner, then there are a few things that you should look for, before parting with your hard earned cash. I have listed the important features below:

  • Heavy duty and tear resistant – cat litter when wet gets heavy and you want a liner that is made of heavy duty plastic and one that will not easily rip open
  • Size Really Matters – If in any doubt buy a jumbo size rather than buying one that is too small to fit the size of your litter box. Larger liners measure around 36 x 18″ and these will fit most boxes.
  • Drawstring makes life easier – Having a drawstring of some type means you can lift the litter right out of the box, pull the drawstring to close, and toss it in the garbage.

Heavy Duty and Tear Resistant

Liners are usually made from some type of plastic. The thickness of this plastic is very important. In my opinion a heavy duty plastic is at least 2 mm thick. Anything less than that will tear or rip when placed under a weight.

Likewise anything less than 2 mm can easily be scratched through by a cat, and that is particularly true when it comes to a cat who digs a lot having used the litter.

Many cat owners who use liners also double up on the liner. They place one in the box and just leave that there. Then they put another one in and then add the litter. It does give double protection in case of rips, and it does help a lot with leaks.

It can of course be reused if it has not been torn.

Size Really Does Matter

The biggest single complaint about liners is that cat owners buy a liner and quickly find out that it doesn’t properly fit their box. Always measure the inside of your litter box first before ordering or buying your liner.

The liner must fit that space and also have additional room to wrap around the edge of your litter box to hold it in place. It is not really any different to fitting a plastic bag inside your normal kitchen bin.

A Closer Look at Sifting Cat Liners

I mentioned at the beginning of my article that I would go into more detail on sifting liners. It is important to understand that these are a different product to the self-cleaning litter box, that is widely popular with many cat owners.

In this type of litter box, the litter is sifted through a tray with holes, by rocking the box sideways.

When it comes to sifting liners, these are actually plastic liners with holes in them. Yes a strange concept, but that is in effect what they are. The purpose of these is that they do line the box, but when it comes to emptying the litter, the good litter drops through the holes, and the lumps and clumps are kept inside the liner.

That means that sifting liners will only work with a clumping litter. If you use any type of non-clumping litter, then never buy a sifting type of liner, as they simply do not work.

I have included one of this type on my list which is the Alfa Pet sifting liners. I have used these a few times and they do work pretty well. These days I use the manual self-cleaning box as that just suits my lifestyle much better.

Alternatives To Using Cat Liners

There are a few alternatives to using an actual commercial style of cat liner. I have listed a few of these below:

  • Buying and using a manual self-cleaning litter box
  • Simply not using a liner at all
  • Trying a different type of litter

Self Cleaning Box

I changed from a normal type of litter box to a self-cleaning style. These self cleaning boxes come in two types and automatic. The automatic boxes get mixed reviews and are better suited to cat owners who are out of the home quite a lot.

The manual self-cleaning where you shake the box from side to side, get much better reviews, and they are a lot more affordable than the automatic types. Even with this manual self-cleaning box, the litter still needs fully changed at some stage.

The liner will still help make that an easier job, as it prevents any urine that has seeped through from sticking to the bottom of the box.

No Liner

The huge majority of cat owners never use a cat litter liner at all. Some of those cat owners don’t know about them and some have tried them and don’t like them. You don’t need a liner and if you clean on a daily basis, then you can easily get away with that.

The only real benefit of a liner is when you come to doing a full and complete change of the litter. Being able to lift it all out at once, tie it up and bin it, is a great deal easier.

Changing the Litter

You can use a liner with any type of litter which include clumping, non-clumping, silica gel (crystal) and biodegradable litters. They all have their own advantages and disadvantages. Clumping litters are for certain the best to help keep your litter box clean, and also the easiest to use.

Conclusion

I hope this article has been helpful in determining which cat litter liner is best for you. As we can see there are many to choose from depending on the type and size of your cat litter box.

Steve
 

Steve is a content creator with an unhealthy cat obsession. He enjoys reading non-fiction books, entreprenuership and cuddles with his cat Fij.

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