Cleaning up the cat's toilet is not the most pleasant job in the world, the faster and easier this chore is the better! The theory of this product is great, which is why I bought them. The idea is that the plastic liner is placed over the bottom surface of the tray with the edges overhanging; the cat litter sits on top of this and when the litter is due to be fully changed, the liner and its contents can be simply gathered up easily and disposed of, leaving a clean tray and requiring a minimal amount of cleaning. At £1.50 for a pack of 10 I thought it would be worth the money and sounded pretty good value. However, I personally found the practicality very different from the theory.
As you are probably aware, cats and kittens like to dig a hole in their litter before they do their business and then cover it up with more litter. I keep plenty of cat litter in the tray, so unless my cat digs deeper than the average cat, I hazard a guess that it's not just me who has encountered a problem with the liners. Every time the cat digs a hole, his sharp claws pierce and tear the plastic liner at the bottom of the tray. Then, when he covers it up, he scrapes more litter with his paws from other areas, often catching the edge of the lining too and tearing that. Subsequently, this means that bits of the liner can be sticking up through the litter increasing the likelihood of this happening the next time. In addition to this, on digging down and scooping out the wet litter, the scooper can get caught in the holes in the liner and rip them even more. Then, when I come to change the entire contents, I gather up the edges, pull it up ready to place in a bin bag - and all the contents fall straight through the many holes created in the liner. This leads not only to mess in the tray, but also to mess on the floor in the surrounding area.
I used the product until I had run out of them and now I just put the litter straight into the tray. On cleaning out I simply pour out the contents, wipe clean the tray, and replace with fresh litter. I find the whole process a lot simpler without the liners.
As stated earlier, the theory is very good and perhaps they do work for some cat owners; personally, however, I would be very reluctant to recommend them.
Bob Martin Litter tray liners - Jumbo sized £4 for 2
I have to admit I'm not much of a pet person - I've always said I'd never pooper scoop, and as I feel if you have a pet you should pick up their messes I had avoided animals like the plague, because I don't do poop.
Now a good friend asked me if while they were away I would cat sit. So being the kind hearted person I am (mug) I said yes.
Any way the time arrives for her kitten to be dropped off- and he is cute this was never up for dispute. his litter tray was set up in the hall, this being the safest place to put it while I am at work. He has apparently gained a love for chewing all wires electrical (useful heads up there I suppose).
So I manage to 'deal' with the little gifts on a regular basis - flushing them down the toilet as I have no idea where else to put that crap (I hate stinky wheelie bins). When it comes time to actually tackle the whole tray - joy!!!!! There is a little bag in place that I can just uplift.... No mess no fuss.
I'd like to just say at this point my friend did leave instructions, she isn't irresponsible. I just kind of tuned out. I mean fed them one end, and scoop the other right? (I did play with him too - he's pretty darned cute).
So the liners them selves. they are apparently 'highly absorbent, deodorising cat litter tray liners with rip resistant top sheet and leak resistant liner'. Imagine shaped bin liners that will lay flat the size and shape of your litter tray.
Seriously I would nearly consider having a cat as a pet it was almost easy to clear the litter tray - no need to wash down, and disinfect at all... (I have since gained the worlds most expensive one eyed rabbit). Just one thing to point out, he (the kitten) did like to try to eat them - but he's a bit of a chewer, so I'm not sure if it was just him or a general kitten thing.
I mean that may be different long term, but as a quick fix they were awesome.
The particular dimensions are 43.5cm x 24.5cm x 3cm approx size
When I went out prior to my kitten Myrtle's arrival one of the things I knew that I needed was a cat litter tray and I actually found a reasonably priced deal in Pets & Home and a kitten litter tray that came with a pack of liners and a pooper scoop. Having owned cats before for some reason I was new to the idea of cat litter tray liners to be honest and had never heard or seen them before.
From day one I used them and these were the ones I used. Since getting them free with my litter tray I have since repurchased these at Pets At Home in a pack of 6 for 99p to which I think for a Bob Martin product is reasonably cheap.
Now I have to use a litter tray liner or my kitten isn't keen on using her tray so she must appreciate them! Me I find them easier to use than letting her do her business straight onto the plastic tray which in memory of owning cats previously I know stinks and is totally gross and these prevent staining of plastic in my experience and the idea is of course to place one into your litter tray pulling some out of the edges of the tray and then to add cat litter over it and then when your done scoop the sides up and dispose of it.
These are perfect for me at the moment. They are rather thin and made of a see through plastic and they really arnt as big as I was expecting them to be but at the moment I have a small size of cat litter tray anyway designed for small kittens so they were adequate for us. However Myrtle can scratch this and although I haven't found that she ever torn one she could manage to pull the sides down into the tray and sort of pull it which makes a bit of mess and leaves some of her tray exposed which of course is then the bit she will mess on just to be defiant I reckon lol.
As long though as I keep an eye on the liner though it does keep the tray cleaner than not using anything at all and me, well I wouldn't do that now for either of our sakes. Myrtle of course still manages to make a bit of mess even though I use this sort of thing and I don't find them to keep her litter smelling fresher for longer or anything but I do find that I don't have to really scrub her tray out making it alot easier for me to look after.
I have since using these though bought a pack of 15 litter tray liners which are similar to these from Morrisons for a few pence more and moved onto those as they have a lovely aroma to them and work out better value so although these do the trick for us I wont be buying them again unless I have to but that's mainly because of price!
Available in all good pet stores.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Last year we managed to acquire a four year old female cat and we decided to be on the safe side we would keep her inside for the first few weeks of her living with us although that's easier said than done with children opening doors.
As we were keeping our cat indoors obviously we needed a litter tray and since she was shut in our bedroom on a night so that the dogs didn't frighten her we had to have a litter tray in the bedroom. I didn't really want to be constantly taking the litter tray downstairs for emptyi9ng and cleaning and I certainly didn't want to do the job in our bedroom.
When doing the shopping in our local Asda store I saw this product and thought I would give it a try as it promised to make cleaning out the littler tray easier and a much cleaner job. The liners are from Bob Martin which is a company who specialise in all things pets and I think the product cost me about 80p.
Inside the pack you get 6 plastic liners which you simply remove from the packet unfold and then place in the litter tray underneath the litter. When you need to clean the litter tray you simply fold in the edges so that all the litter and mess is concealed and then dispose of it leaving you with a clean litter tray ready for the next sheet. The sheets are easy to use and they are strong so they can hold on the all the contents of the littler tray without any spillages.
The sheets are very easy to use and they do take away the need for cleaning the tray on most occassions however when all comes to all they are simply pieces of plastic sheeting and although the idea is a good one after the first packet I didn't buy any more, I did however steal the idea.
I began using charity bags which are forever coming through my door and cutting them into smaller pieces to make liners myself, the job was still easy but didn't cost me to make them.
I would say these are an inexpensive product however it is even more inexpensive to make your own, the ideas great but the price would soon add up if you had an indoor cat. Luckily our cat is an outdoor cat so after the initial few weeks she went outside and we no longer needed a litter tray.
I have always been a cat lover and spent most of my childhood surrounded by cats. My upbringing and my overall ethos of kindness to all of creation taught me that cats in many ways are like children and need tender loving care and looking after properly.
For that reason, due to a busy lifestyle, I had never had a furbaby to look after until about a year ago when my Queen Bella and more recently her kitten Ana, joined the family.
My boys had been begging me for a long time to get a cat and promised I would have to do nothing and they would, along with other things, maintain a clean and hygienic cat litter tray and that no strange cat aromas would be fraternising with my nostril.
In the beginning they were good and became very inventive with nappy sacks. However, the washing of the cat litter trays fell firmly on my shoulders. Cats are clean animals and don't like dirty cat litter trays and my cats are no exception.
As you can imagine, constantly having to scrape the cat litter tray became a drag and that's when I discovered bob martins cat litter tray liners. In the beginning, I was very impressed, but did struggle a bit, even with the larger ones, to get them to sit right in the bottom of my cat litter tray.
They were reasonably priced, with prices as low as 99p at some retailers and were brilliant at removing the bulk of the waste in one full scoop. However, my cat was notorious for catching her claws on them and when I removed the bags to put it into the bin I was leaving a Hansel and Gretel type trail behind me.
Whilst the product helped me enormously, after a few months the fiddly and holey bags seemed like too much hassle. I eventually abandoned the bags and invested in a hooded cat litter tray with a filter, which is a must have, as amongst many things, it keeps the aromas at bay.
*also posted on ciao under frankfemale
I am not very much of a people person, I love animals and my pets are hugely important to me. Recently my old family cat, Bob, has come to live with me after my dad started making plans to move out of town. Things were going well until Bob decided to have an "adventure" and I didn't see him for 10 weeks, when he was returned to me in a dreadfully sorry looking state. Since then I have kept him inside and have had to go back to making him use a litter tray. Cleaning up after pets is never a fun part of being their owner, and dealing with messy cat litter trays is a truly hideous task! After a previous bad experience with using cat litter tray liners, I decided to give them another chance and try a different brand this time. I came across the Bob Martin Cat Litter Tray Liners when I was doing my shopping in Tesco's and thought that they would be worth a try to make this chore easier. They cost around £1.00 which I thought was pretty reasonable.
These litter tray liners come in a pack of 6, and this includes 6 litter tray liners. The liners are enclosed within a thin plastic wrapper, so you need to be careful when you're opening it to avoid cutting through the liners as well as the packet. The packaging has a nice looking cat on the front, and the manufacturing company also shares its name with my cat so this did amuse me momentarily.
Product description: "The easy and hygienic way to dispose of used cat litter."
Directions for use:
1/ Place open liner in litter tray.
2/ Fill tray with cat litter.
3/ To remove used litter, gather and tie together the edges of the liner. Dispose of with normal household waste. Wash hands after use.
As you can see, this is a very simple idea for a product and I thought that there wasn't really much room for error. I used the litter liners as instructed, and placed one at the bottom of my cat's litter tray. They are made of clear plastic and feel quite thick, especially compared to the other brand that I tried before. They have a rectangular shape with a fold down the centre that suits the shape of a standard cat litter tray. After putting in the liner, I then filled the tray up with cat litter making sure it was quite deep.
My cat Bob is a real nuisance and likes to make a huge mess whenever he gets in the litter tray. He is always scratching at the litter and kicking it around for ages before and after he has used the tray, and I often end up with bits of cat litter scattered all over the floor. This is really unpleasant and I had hoped that the liner would help to contain the litter a bit better. Unfortunately the plastic liner was no match for my cat's frantic claws, and the liner was torn through and shoved out of place very easily. As soon as the plastic had torn through, Bob managed to get the liner tangled up and this caused the litter to fall through into the base of the tray. Not a huge problem, but by the time that I came around to needing to clean the tray out, it meant that there was still as much mess and labour involved as if I hadn't even used the liners anyway.
I persevered as I had the rest of the packet to use up, and next time I went back to my normal routine of putting some sheets of newspaper at the bottom of the litter tray underneath the cat litter. This seemed to fix things as Bob was no longer able to claw his way through the plastic liner, as the paper got in the way and he tore at this instead. These litter tray liners are just the right size and some area of overlap around the edges of the litter tray. I use these bits of excess to tuck the edges down underneath the tray, which helps to hold it in place more securely. Without holding the edges of the liner in place it was easily budged out of place when my cat was using the tray and in particular the corners were always slipping down into the tray. This can make it difficult to remove the liner as I then can't get a good grab on the edges to fold them together. However, after simply folding the edges under this kept the liner in place and stopped Bob cat from moving the liner out of place.
Once I had removed the liner and its dirty contents, I found that the plastic feels quite strong and was sturdy enough to hold its contents without any strain. This is a definite plus as cat litter can be very heavy and you wouldn't want the liner to split as you're removing all the mess! As mentioned before, these liners are an excellent size and the excess that I had previously been using to tuck the liner into place now came in handy again so that I could fold the edges up and then tie the edges together to secure everything inside. I usually close it off using an elastic band just to ensure that it doesn't spill open at any point.
Overall, I think I have had my ups and downs with this product. The plastic is thick and strong enough to hold all the contents, but without using newspaper as a barrier it was easily torn through by my cat. I dislike having to do this as he rips the paper to shreds and leaves little bits of "confetti" all over the floor in the process, but it's a better result than having the liner rip through and cause even more of a mess anyway. I think that I would continue to use these liners, as the end result is very quick and simple. When the time comes to empty the litter tray I simply have to pick up the edges of the liner and all the dirt is removed in one go, without the need to get hands on and scrub away at the mess every time the tray needs changing.
These are a good product as they save time and effort, and make a dirty job a little less arduous. I would recommend the Bob Martin Cat Litter Tray Liners for other cat owners and just wish there was some way to stop my cat ripping everything to shreds!
As we have a kitten who doesn't go outside it's probably obvious to say that we have two litter trays in the house for her to do her business whenever she needs to. One of the jobs that I absolutely hate is having to change the litter tray. I was finding that there was wet patches stuck on the bottom of the litter tray and so when we were at Pets At Home last I looked around for some litter liners and spotted these Bob Martin ones for £3.49 and for this price you receive two medium - large liners.
The liners are very simple to use, you just place them in your litter tray, they go over the corners of the tray and then you can stick these down and fill the tray with litter as you normally would. Once the tray needs changing you just un-stick the liner and then throw it in your rubbish bag or bin. It's very simple to use these liner and I do find that these liners are quite good. The liners are extra absorbent and while they claim to have deodorising action I don't really notice much difference, however, the litter that we use is quite good anyway so it's not a real problem.
The liners are thick and don't rip even with my kitten throwing herself around in her litter tray for fun as she often does. Overall I am very pleased with the quality of the liners and as we usually poop scoop we don't have to change her litter all that often, possibly just once a week, the cost is not that high just a few pounds per month. This is fine in my opinion because it makes a disgusting, smelly, nasty job that little bit easier. Also, I don't have to scrape any stuck on stuff and it's easy for me just to rinse out the litter tray before I use another liner and fill it back up. It makes the job a little bit faster, easier and not as messy and I'm happy to pay a small amount of money for the convenience of making everything easier and stress free. I have deducted one star due to the price being a little higher than I'd like to pay.
There are two types (to my knowledge) of Bob Martin litter tray liners. The first type are the cheap, plastic ones that you get in packs of 6. These are rubbish and a total waste of money as they are ripped to shreds immediately, rendering them useless.
The other sort is this - the more expensive de-odourising litter tray liner. They do cost considerably more (about £3.50 for a pack of 2) but it is totally worth it in my opinion. They come in different sizes (medium, large etc) and it's really guesswork as to which size you'll need - trial and error I think. They feel thick and quilted and are easy enough to install in the litter tray. You simply open it out, place it in the tray, peel off the tape round the edges and stick it to the tray. You then pile the litter on top.
I'm not sure if I can say that the odour was reduced all that much (although a friend commented that my flat smelled 'less like cat' after using it), but I did find these liners very absorbent. When the time had come to change the litter I simply unstuck the tape, picked the whole thing out, shoved it in a plastic bag and took it straight out to the rubbish. The tray didn't even need washing because the liner had absorbed all the liquids (although I rinsed it anyway just to get rid of any lingering smell). The cats had ripped it a bit but it hadn't ruined the effectiveness of the liners and I was still able to pull it out in one piece.
I have been a cat owner for almost 4 years and only tried these liners 2 months ago and I wish I'd done it sooner. One star taken off for cost.
I decided to try litter tray liners a few months ago, when I noticed that my cat was just scratching the bottom of the tray with her claws and it just looks really tatty now. I thought the liners would stop her scratching the tray but unfortunately it didn't as the cheap ones you buy just rip straight away they are so thin. I also wanted an easier way to clean out the tray, by just picking up the litter in the liner and chucking it out.
After using cheap liners for a week, I decided not to bother with them again. I saw these bob martin litter tray liners in pets at home the other week, and as I was going away on holiday I thought I would try again with the liners so it would be easier for my mum to clean the tray out while I was away.
These litter tray liners were £3.29, which is very expensive as you only get two in a pack! But these are different to normal liners, they are padded at the bottom which is suppose to be really absorbent, and reduce the amount of time you have to change the litter tray which is just what I wanted too for my mum while she was looking after our cat.
These litter tray liners also are supposed to have deodorising action in them to help the litter smell fresh and cleaner for longer. I didn't find this worked, you could still smell the cat wee just as strong. Although they were very absorbent and I didn't have to change the tray every day whilst using these. The tray is always dry too when you remove this liner, nothing gets through.
My cat didn't manage to rip these either which I was surprised at, and the plastic does feel a bit stronger than the cheap liners you get. The medium size ones were a perfect fit for my litter box too, and it didn't look untidy on it either.
I would definitely buy these again if I was going away, but I don't think I would buy these every week as they are so expensive but they are worth the money if you can afford to buy them.
A cat litter tray is not something I use very often these days as my cat likes to go out in the garden. However, if I am away overnight anytime or on holiday I have to resort to using a cat litter tray again.
Litter tray liners are a must for me when it comes to preparing the cat litter tray. Whilst I find the litter tray liners are not perfect, they do make the job of cleaning my cat's litter tray a lot easier.
You simply place the liner into the tray and fill with cat litter. When it comes to emptying the tray, it is easier to dispose of the cat litter by lifting the four corners of the liner and remove it whilst containing the cat litter. Also the cleaning of the actual tray is far easier than if a liner was not used.
Bob Martin's litter tray liners can be bought in a pack of six for around 99p - £1.50. These are the basic variety which I have used the most over the years.
The only problem I have with these is that my cat tends to claw at the liner on the sides of the tray when attempting to cover up her business.
She also often digs down to the bottom of the tray and claws through the liner on the bottom which of course makes emptying her litter tray a little awkward as it can have a few tears in it by the time she is finished. This is still preferable to not using a litter tray liner altogether however, but this is also what I meant by saying they are not perfect.
Bearing all this in mind, I was somewhat intrigued when I recently noticed some different Bob Martin Litter Tray liners in the shops. These are more expensive than the pack of six basic ones I have always used and are priced around £3.29 for a pack of two.
The difference here is that these are advertised as highly absorbent padded litter tray liners with deodorising action to help keep your cat's litter tray fresh and clean. They work in a similar way to a child's nappy and have an absorbent core which locks away the moisture. The top sheet of the liner is rip resistant and the bottom sheet is leak resistant.
Although you only get two liners in the pack and they are more expensive, I thought they were worth a try seeing as I don't have to use them very often.
I found these much better and stronger than the basic ones and they are certainly more absorbent, however they can still be ripped by my cat's claws when she becomes over enthusiastic about covering up her business. They may be more 'rip resistant' but they can still be ripped. I personally find the absorbency of this liners is what makes them the better option, but having said that, if my cat used a cat litter tray all the time I could not afford to buy these.
Because of the absorbency you can possibly leave the emptying of your cat's litter tray a little longer. I tend to remove the clumps after each use with a scoop and then change the cat litter every couple of days. You can possibly leave the changing of the litter a little longer when using these but it really depends on how often your cat uses the tray.
Overall I don't think any cat litter tray liner is perfect but they certainly make the job easier. I have used the Bob Martin liners for years now and have found them to be the strongest. I have found slightly cheaper ones before but they are have been rubbish and at 99p for a pack of six Bob Martin liners I don't think that is much to pay for better quality if you use them all the time. If however, you only have to resort to using a cat litter tray occasionally, then I would recommend trying the pack of two absorbent liners as they are slightly better.
I found that firstly the litter liners were too big for the litter box, and i mean way too big. I understand that they need to go over the sides but the amount of plastic was just silly. My cats did not like the rustling noise when they got in and out of the litter tray and when covering up their mess they ripped through the liner which meant the litter..poop and pee went through to the plastic tray. One of my cats managed to get her claw caught in the plastic, freaked out and pulled the litter box over trying to get away!
If anything they made cleaning out the litter box worse because of the holes and bits of ripped plastic! Its a nice idea in theory but in reality they didnt work and just made an unpleasant job even worse we wont be using this product again
When I first saw these liners, I thought what a revolutionary idea. How easy it would be to change litter and not have to worry about scrubbing the box every time you changed the litter. And a sanitary way to do it.
These liners remind me of huge plastic garbage bags. You line your litter boxes with the bag, pulling it over the sides and then place the litter box lid over the tip to secure it.
My cats all have their back claws yet. A few have the tendency to play in the litter boxes when they are going and always manage to scratch a hole in the bottom of the bags. Thus the litter leaks out and when I pull out the bag to change the litter, it makes a huge mess all over. I would much rather just scrub my boxes each time then deal with this big mess.
Cleaning out the cat litter tray ranks below cleaning the human loo in my book of hated household chores. Even if you do it regularly, it's a smelly, dirty and thoroughly unpleasant job. Five minutes at it, and you start to feel really sorry for Hercules shovelling all that horse poo at the Augean stables.
Bob Martin cat litter tray liners are supposed to be here to help. You buy them in packs of six, costing just over £1. Each liner is actually a square shaped polyethene bag, which fits nicely into a square little tray, leaving a little over to tuck around the edges. You then pour the litter into this plastic container and leave kitty to do his or her stuff. When it's time to empty the tray, you simply gather up the tucked edges, and lift the bag out, leaving the litter tray below clean and ready for a new liner.
At least, that's the theory. What actually happens, in my case, is that when my cat tries to go, he ends up scratching a hole through the liner, allowing pee and litter to seep through (ew!). When I went to lift out the bag the first time, I found a massive hole in the bottom, and the disgusting dirty litter fell all over the floor, creating a massive clean-up job.
Basically, the plastic of the liners just isn't thick or tough enough to prevent larger cats from going straight through it, even if you spread their litter really thickly in the tray. Thus, the only advantage of using them for me is that the litter tray is a little bit less messy that it would otherwise have been. But I still have to get out the bleach, the marigolds and the wipes to get that tray hygienic again.
These liners also work out quite expensive at 6 for £1.20. That might not sound a lot, but if you change the litter tray regularly, you're going to go through quite a few packs of these each month. I actually find that large plastic bags (the kind that you get for free when you buy stuff from shops!) work just as well, and save a few bob too.
We have been really lucky with our kitten Marty, in the entire time we've had him he's only ever had 1 toilet related accident and even that was because he was accidentally shut in an upstairs room and couldn't get to his litter tray. It's not the nicest job to have to do but cleaning out the litter tray is an essential part of his training, if the tray gets too dirty or smelly he won't want to use it, equally it will be unpleasant for us humans too. While he was undergoing his worming treatment I found myself cleaning the tray very frequently which became quite annoying as I was the only one doing so, with the risk of bacteria and worms in the litter I would also wash out the tray which made the task even worse, it was when I was doing my weekly shopping that I noticed the Bob Martin litter tray liners on the shelf and thought I'd give them a try, anything had to be better than constantly washing out the tray. They are quite a simple product but are effective nonetheless
Bob Martin Litter Tray Liners-
The liners are clear plastic sheets that are unfolded in a bin bag style to fit in the litter tray covering the base of the tray as well as the sides. There are 6 liners per pack coming in a simple plastic outer wrapper. There aren't really any instructions for use other than putting them in the litter tray and filling with your choice of cat litter, you can empty the entire tray in one go or use a scoop to deal with large waste for a few days and later empty the whole thing.
Price and Availability-
I purchase my liners from Asda for 70p per pack. I have seen them in pet stores and other supermarkets too. They are available online but they're a little harder to find and more expensive.
In the first few days of use we were undergoing worming treatment with Marty and so I would simply pull together the sides of the liner, give it a twist to seal up any gaps and then put it in a carrier bag for extra protection against spillage. Obviously then the lot would go straight into the dustbin. This was such a change from what I had been doing previously, the litter tray was clean and I didn't need to scrub it to clean it before replacing the liner and refilling the tray. In these days we did get through several packs of the liners as we would empty the tray after every use.
Now that the worming treatment is over we use less of the liners but we still use them. Scooping out and disposing of Marty's waste for a few days before emptying the entire tray (wee builds up you see so you need to change it to keep it fresh and hygienic) It is quicker and more convenient leaving me time for far more pleasant things then washing the litter tray. It has also saved us money on cat litter as we are not wasting so much with each clean of the tray. And has to be more hygienic as far as our contact with the tray and its contents is concerned, there is no direct contact with the waste which has got to be a good thing.
As Marty grows older and uses the outside, no doubt my poor neighbours' gardens, he uses his dirt tray less and less, further reducing our need to empty the tray. Naturally once the tray is no longer needed we will stop with our use of the liners but for the time being they are a regular item in our shopping trolley.
Some major downsides though are that you do only get 6 per pack, they may only be 70p per pack but over time that will add up. Another downside is that they are not biodegradable and therefore not good for the environment, if they could create a liner (perhaps they already have) that was more environmentally friendly then that would be perfect, convenient for us and good for the planet.
Overall I can highly recommended them as a way to make your kitten and puppy (and any other pet with a similar dirt/sand tray) rearing days easier.