Life is easier having cat litter that doesn’t stick to the litter box. I’m pretty sure that if you are a cat owner, that would make you do a happy dance.
With so many hacks on the internet for just about everything, aren’t we always looking for ways to make life easier?
A non stick litter box is one of those small joys that makes life easier.
What if you already have a litter box that is quite adequate but it is not non-stick?
Make it Non Stick. Use one of these methods to make a litter box non stickable. There is nothing complicated here.
How To Make A Litter Box Non Stick
1. Non Stick Cooking Spray And Baking Soda
You will need:
1. Litter Box
2. Non stick Cooking Spray
3. Baking Soda – A reasonable amount is needed as you will be sprinkling it liberally on the litter box.
You may already have these items. I’m sure you didn’t ever think you would need non stick cooking spray for the litter box but stranger things have happened.
Spray the non stick spray over the bottom of the litter box and a little way up the sides. Now quite liberally sprinkle the baking soda over the non stick oil. Now pour in the fresh litter. Baking soda is often used as an odor neutralizer in litter boxes so it is doing double duty here, providing a barrier between the litter and the spray and helping to deal with odor.
You may need to experiment with the amount of spray and baking soda used.
Even if you decide this is not the method for you, the non stick cooking spray and the baking soda can still be used in the kitchen, so nothing is wasted.
2. A Non-Stick Spray Coating For The Litter Box
You might say, do I really need this, another product? I once bought, on impulse, a spray product to protect the (at the time new) stainless steel cooktop we had just purchased. I did have some doubts about how it would work but took the plunge.
It was just a few dollars and I was really happy and quite surprised with the results. It did absolutely protect the surface, made it easy to keep clean and it made the stainless steel look top notch and still does now, some several years later.
So I say, give this product a try. It is purpose made for the job.
Some notes from the manufacturer
The product is prepared using Tergosol, a non-toxic, biodegradable, environmentally compliant, “green” solvent which fully evaporates after application. Upon drying, the treatment is safe for pets and their owners. The dried product is made of materials that are present in nature and can be found in food products such as vitamins and powdered drinks, as well as in cosmetics, toothpaste, and sunscreen.
Clumping and non-clumping clay based litters and some wood chip based litters work well using Litter Care.
How to use: Allow approximately 5 minutes for the product to dry. While drying the product may appear white. As it dries it will become lighter. To remove the product from the litter box, simply wash with soap and water.
Tip: Spray the product on the litter scoop also.
3. Use Car Wax On The Litter Box
You may already have wax for the car and now it has another use. Use it as you would on the car, apply the product and buff with a clean cloth to a shine.
Just as wax repels water from the bodywork of a car, the polished surface will help to make the litter easier to remove from the box. This literally takes minutes. No need to give it the love your car gets (or not).
The good things about this method is that you can just give the box a bit of a top up polish as needed. With hooded litter boxes, it will be necessary to remove the hood to access and polish the lower half of the litter box.
If so desired, after the wax application, add the non stick cooking spray followed by a sprinkling of baking soda.
Now that is three products you have used in another way other than the intended. Brilliant!
Have you ever thought of making your own cat litter? It can be done quite easily and you may save money at the same time. Also, it is just good to know information for those times when you plain run out of litter.
Other Ways To Improve The Non Stickability Of A Litter Box
1. Line The Litter Box With A Puppy Pad Liner
Lining the litter box with a puppy pad doesn’t exactly make the box non stick however the desired result is the same, litter won’t stick to the bottom of the box.
It is a very simple option. Just place the pad at the bottom of the box. You will need to check the dimensions of the liners and the litter box. I wouldn’t worry if the liner is too large as it can always be folded over. If your cat scratches at the liner make sure there is enough litter covering the liner and this should not be a problem.
There are two different types of puppy pad liners. Firstly there are the liners that are totally disposable. These pads are made with five layers and also absorb odor.
The other pads, like these ones are reusable and can be washed. Although they cost more initially, don’t overlook the cost savings of being able to reuse the pads.
Cat Litter Liners
Litter liners with elastic are the crème de la crème of liners. We have written a detailed post here about elastic litter liners and a review of all the different liners currently available.
Cats can scratch and tear liners so this suggestion will really depend on whether this happens with your cat. Once again, make sure there is enough litter in the box.
Non Stick Litter Box
When you next purchase a litter box consider one that has a non stick surface.
Some litter boxes specifically have a non stick coating. Many litter boxes will state that they are easy to clean but may not necessarily include a coating that is expressly for this purpose.
PetFusion and Nature’s Miracle both have litter boxes with a non stick coating. The PetFusion box is shown below.
If you want to see more choices regarding the size and shape of non-stick litter boxes, this link to the Nature’s Miracle products shows more options.
Depth Of The Litter In The Box
Not enough litter in the box can definitely lead to problems with emptying the litter box. Ensure that there is enough litter in the litter box so that the bottom of the box is not exposed.
If there is not enough litter in the box, clumps are going to stick to the bottom. They can be hard to remove. Using just a little extra litter can solve this problem easily.
The ideal amount of litter is 2-4 inches. Use a permanent marker to make a mark on the side of the box for an easy fill guide. Just a glance will let you know if the litter is getting too low.
Regular scooping will also help to make the litter box easier to clean. Just remember to top up the litter when it gets a little low.
Automatic Litter Box
The obvious good thing about an automatic litter box is that it takes care of al the litter cleaning. If you are really fed up it is a good idea because there are not really any alternatives. Cats and Cat litter go together. Maybe put one on the Cats Christmas Gift List.
More Litter Busting Ideas
In addition to having a non stick litter box we also do not want litter flying around the room. There are ideas in this article about keeping litter contained.
Is your cat pooping outside of the litter box? There is always a reason. It just may take a bit of digging (not that sort of digging kitty) to find the reason.