“ Brand: Armitage / Type: Scented Cat Litter Tray Liners „
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So having a pussy cat that lives mainly indoors comes with the horrible job of cleaning out the litter tray. I hate having a litter tray and I hate having to clean it out but that is part of being a good owner I guess! I have one of those litter trays that are quite tall up the sides as Prince the cat likes to kick out the litter and have a good dig. The litter liners come quite a way up the sides and actually help the litter stay in a little bit more. The biggest advantage though is that at cleaning out time, all I need to do is remove the liner and the litter comes up in a handy sack ready for disposal.
==Price and availability==
I buy these on my weekly shop for the local supermarket and they cost around £1.80 for a pack of 6. These last me 6 weeks so it is not too expensive really and they save so much time so they are worth it.
These cat litter liners have a fresh, floral scent that fades soon after the litter is poured on to the litter. It smells like scented nappy bags, that floral talc smell that doesn't last long but is a nice touch. The litter liners are 44 cm by 30 cm so they are designed for all standard sized trays. The bag has twist closures to keep the littler inside the bag and it makes it easier for disposal.
The litter liners make life so much easier. When I clean out the tray all I need to do is lift the bag out and throw it away. Without the liners I have to open a bin bag and strategically tilt the tray into the bag to pour the used litter out. It smells really ammonic and irritates my nostrils so it is a painful job and there is always litter and urine soaked clumps on the floor afterwards. The litter liners speed up the process and there is minimum mess and minimum fuss. Once I have thrown one used litter bag away, all I need to do is fold out a new litter liner and position it in the litter tray, they fold out of the packaging and just need smoothing out. The bag is then ready for the litter to be poured on it. My cat is really annoying because as soon as I clean the litter tray out, he loves to go and Christen it and the nice clean box lasts for a few minutes only! I guess this means he likes the litter liners too so in that case it is thumbs up from Prince and I.
Until my kitten is old enough and big enough for me to be brave and let him outside, I have been trying allsorts of things to make cleaning his litter tray easier. Litter tray liners seem like the perfect thing just to pick up and get rid of, scented litter tray liners seem even better because then it might not smell quite so offensive!
I ordered the Armitage Scented Good Girl Litter tray Liners from netpetshop.co.uk when I was ordering some toys and a cat carrier - may aswell get all of the essentials at one - and thought I would give them a go. Currently priced at 54p down from £1.81 they seem like an absolute bargain especially as there are 6 liners in a pack.
When they arrived I tore them open and hit with an overwhelming smell of babypowder/flowers/perfume and to be honest I found it a little sickening. Luckily once you cover them with the litter, the litter masks the smell and unless you're really close to the tray, you won't have to smell it again until you pull the liner out.
The idea is that you use it like a carrier bag and just pick the sides up with all the litter and mess then throw it away. If only. What the pack doesn't tell you is that the base of the bag has seams like a standard carrier bag so it is easy for your cat/kitten to get litter under the folds and even better they can tear holes in the liner whilst it's in the tray. Great. When it was time to get rid of the first liner I still had to get a bag out to put everything in so it was firstly not very environmentally friendly but secondly very inconvenient and quite messy (which obviously I hoped we'd got round)
As I had a pack of 6 I decided to give them another chance and exactly the same thing happened again. Litter under the folds and little kitten claw holes straight through the bag so there might as well not have been anything there.
At this point the rest of the litter tray liners went in the bag with the dirty litter and I went back to newspaper which I had been using prior to this. It's harder to get claws through and is easier to slide out the tray straight into a bag (and once I've read the paper it's technically free).
At 54p they would have been a bargain if they had worked but they didn't work at all and the scent was off putting. For that 54p I could have put it towards a paper to read and the use or towards the p&p of my order.
Will I be buying these again? Not even if you paid me.
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! I saw these Good Girl Scented 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 reasonable at the time.
These litter tray liners come in a pack of 6, and this includes 6 litter tray liners and 6 individual twist tie closures to seal the liner up once it's been used and needs throwing away. The product caught my eye thanks to its brightly coloured packaging and crazy looking cartoon cat on the front. 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.
+ Fits trays up to 44cm x 30cm
+ Twist closures for tidy disposal
+ Hygienic way to dispose of used cat litter
Directions for use:
1/ Unfold liner and place in litter tray.
2/ Fill with cat litter.
3/ To empty, gather in the edges of the liner and tie with twist tie supplied. Then dispose of suitably.
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 a very thin white coloured plastic and do not feel very thick or strong at all. 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 covered this with some sheets of newspaper and filled the tray up with cat litter.
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. Sadly this was not the case. The thin plastic was no match for my cat's frantic claws, and the liner was torn through very easily. As soon as a tear occurred then this would seem to weaken and spread, causing 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.
Another problem that I encountered with these Good Girl litter tray liners is that they were not quite big enough to allow much overlap around the edges of the litter tray. I think that if the liner had been a little bit larger then I would have been able to tuck the edges down underneath the tray, which could have held it in place more securely. As it happens, the liner was easily budged out of place when my cat was using the tray and in particular the corners were always slipping out of place. This made it difficult to remove the liner as I couldn't get a good grab on the edges to fold them together.
Once I had removed the liner and its dirty contents, I was actually unable to seal the liner using the twist tie that was provided. There was not enough overlap for me to secure the edges together, and so I resorted to ditching the whole lot into an old carrier bag and tying the handles together before disposing of this in the bin.
Overall, this was not a good experience for me and I am disappointed with how this product has performed. It does not seem to suit my needs and they were not durable enough to withstand the use from my cat. This meant that the whole purpose of buying them to make cleaning up easier, was in fact a waste of my time. I had to do just as much scraping and scrubbing as before, and the process was not as quick and hassle free as I had hoped it would be. Another point that I was disappointed by was that the liners are marketed as being scented, and yet I could not detect any scent on the liners at all. I tested this by sniffing one of the liners after I opened the packet, as I was curious to see what sort of fragrance a cat litter tray liner might have! However, I could not pick up any scent at all and this was another let down as I had expected that a scented liner might help to mask nasty litter tray whiffs.
Not a good product for me and my Bob cat - I wouldn't recommend them and I won't be buying them again.