How To Make A Litter Box Non Stick

With so many hacks on the internet for just about everything, aren't we always looking for ways to make life easier?  Life would be guaranteed to be easier having cat litter that doesn't stick to the litter box. I'm pretty sure it will make you happier too.
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? You can make it non stick. Use one of these methods to make a litter box non stickable.  There is nothing complicated here.

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You will need:
Litter Box
Non stick Cooking Spray
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.

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.

cat in the kitchen

Maybe the cat could help after all, it is his litter box.

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.

Allow approximately 5 minutes for the product to dry. While drying the product may appear white however 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.

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.  

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!

Other Ways To Improve The Non Stick Aspect 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, like these ones. 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 the 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. Drawstring liners are also useful when discarding the litter as the drawstring when pulled up will help to contain all the litter within the liner.

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.  

Easy to empty litter box

This is a PetFusion non-stick litter box with a special non stick coating

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

This point is not quite as useful as the above points however it does pay to mention it, as not enough litter in the box can definitely lead to problems with emptying. Ensure that there is enough litter in the litter box so that the bottom of the box is not exposed.

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. This is a thorough review of self cleaning litter boxes.  Maybe put one on the Cats Christmas Gift List.


We all want to know how to stop cat litter from spreading? Just like making the cat litter box non-stick there are ways that we can minimize the spread of litter.

Cat chalk drawing

Let us know in the comments if you were satisfied with any of these methods to make the litter box non stick. Equally important, let us know if you have any other ideas and we will add them to the list.

litter box

Whatever makes life easier I suppose.  I'm glad we have human staff!

non stick coating on litter box

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