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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hi Everyone,

I have owned a cat since I was little and have never been without one! Recently I lost my 17 year old orange tabby and miss her terribly. I live in Los Angeles with my terrific husband and have 3 grown children and a darling grandchild (red head ) . I am just now starting to feel that I might get a new cat or kitten. The house is empty without a cat!! Recently I have come up with an idea that was bourne out of changing the litter box constantly with my cat who suffered from chronic renal failure. I am hoping to get some feedback on my idea from those of us who love our indoor cats. Could you kindly answer the few questions below and reply to me with them? It will let me know if I am on the right track with my idea. These liners are so durable, they cannot be ripped by cat's claws.

Do you currently use cat box liners?

Yes\tNo

If no, would you use them if they included the litter in them already?

Yes No

If no, would you use them knowing you never would have to pour, touch, scoop litter, and just cinch the drawstring and toss the whole bag in the trash?

Yes\tNo

If one liner with litter lasted about 3 or 4 days of use before disposal, would this interest you to use them?

Yes\tNo

If these liners with litter came 3 to a box and cost about $8.00 per box, would you purchase them?

Yes\tNo

What would be the most you would pay for this product?


Feedback and suggestions you may have:
post #2 of 15
Hello, friend, welcome to our little kitty family! I'm so very sorry you lost your precious little girl, this must have been absolutely heart-breaking for you. We have several crf kitties on our site, including my own sweet baby, Sierra.

I've moved your thread to this forum since your questions are related to cat care.


Do you currently use cat box liners?

No

If no, would you use them if they included the litter in them already?

Possibly

If no, would you use them knowing you never would have to pour, touch, scoop litter, and just cinch the drawstring and toss the whole bag in the trash?

Possibly

If one liner with litter lasted about 3 or 4 days of use before disposal, would this interest you to use them?

Possibly

If these liners with litter came 3 to a box and cost about $8.00 per box, would you purchase them?

No

What would be the most you would pay for this product?

If one only lasted 3 or 4 days and came 3 to a box, probably more like $3, since a full box of the Arm & Hammer Superscoop litter that we use lasts about 3-4 weeks and costs around $8 a box.


Feedback and suggestions you may have:

It sounds as if you're really on to something. Please correct me if I'm misunderstanding, though. Do I understand correctly that the product you speak of is intended to not require any scooping for the 3 of 4 days it is proposed to last? Most cats would dislike this very much, as they detest using a dirty box. My girlies require that I scoop a minimum of twice daily, morning and evening, and then as needed in between. Just a thought to help you in the development of your product.
post #3 of 15
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post #4 of 15
No to all the questions. I don't like litter liners. I have diggers with claws and they would rip them up in the process. It's not that big of a deal for me to scoop/clean pans.

However, if you own a declawed cat, it might be worth buying I don't know what kind of plastic would be strong enough not to be ripped up by claws.
post #5 of 15
Do you currently use cat box liners?

No. If I did they would get shredded in a heartbeat.

If no, would you use them if they included the litter in them already?

No, see answer above.

If no, would you use them knowing you never would have to pour, touch, scoop litter, and just cinch the drawstring and toss the whole bag in the trash?

No, again, see first answer. They are just too flimsy and my cats are diggers.

If one liner with litter lasted about 3 or 4 days of use before disposal, would this interest you to use them?

No. Daily scooping is a MUST. You wouldn't let human waste accumulate in the toilet for 2-3 days before flushing, why do that with the cats' waste?

If these liners with litter came 3 to a box and cost about $8.00 per box, would you purchase them?

No.

What would be the most you would pay for this product?

Absolutely nothing, would not buy them!
post #6 of 15
I actually have a box of unused litter liners in my closet. They get torn to shreds by the cat's claws and are therefore less than useless.

I kinda enjoy scooping; I get to check and make sure my cats are healthy, and it's a simple, easy chore.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks to those of you who responded. I would like to add that the liner is so durable, that is cannot be ripped by the cat's claws. Would that make a difference to you?

Also, you can scoop for those 3 or 4 days and then toss the bag and litter away, lay down a new liner fold open the edges and expose the fresh litter.

This may also help for someone taking care of your cat while you are away, who doesn't want to touch the litter.

thanks and let me know if this changes your answers! I'm very appreciative!!
post #8 of 15
I wouldn't go for it.

My cat is extremely picky about her litterbox and she doesn't like liners at all and she only wants one type of cat litter as well.

If I deviate from that she'll start experimenting with not using the litterbox (yeah I've learnt my lesson, heh..)
post #9 of 15
Do you currently use cat box liners? Nope. They were ok when I just had Matilda because she is declawed, but even then her back claws would put little holes in the liner.


If no, would you use them if they included the litter in them already
No

If no, would you use them knowing you never would have to pour, touch, scoop litter, and just cinch the drawstring and toss the whole bag in the trash? No, it's unnecessary and adds more waste to the landfill.

If one liner with litter lasted about 3 or 4 days of use before disposal, would this interest you to use them? No

If these liners with litter came 3 to a box and cost about $8.00 per box, would you purchase them? No.

What would be the most you would pay for this product? I wouldn't.


Feedback and suggestions you may have:

They just seem like too much of a hassle and they would add even more garbage to landfills. Even with scooping, I have no desire to completely change the litter every 3-4 days. Plus, I like using World's Best Cat Litter.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
thanks for your input. I added on my survey that the liner is so durable, it cannot be scratched open. Not sure if that would help in your determination if you would use them.
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your input. Would it make a difference to you if the liner is so durable it cannot be clawed open?
post #12 of 15
If the liners were really strong enough that they weren't ripped by cat's claws, I would become very concerned about the excess use of resources that they represent. I don't buy plastic bags at all (it was my spouse who bought the litter liners currently in my closet), and the idea of buying a plastic bag so resource rich that it doesn't rip would be quite against my nature.

If the liners were essentially the only packaging for the litter, if they lasted (not damaged by claws) for at least two weeks, came with a litter that didn't cause respiratory problems for my cats, didn't interfere with scooping wet solids from the bottom of the litter box (it's not just cats that have ripped liners; I've ripped them and had trouble scooping because they folded and trapped litter) and didn't add a single cent to the cost of the litter, then I might consider purchasing them. Maybe. After lots of people told me how well they worked, and I saw a detailed analysis of the fact that, somehow, putting litter into smaller containers (smaller container means more surface area for a given volume, and therefore more packaging) did not use more resources for the containers, that the smaller containers were someone how not more difficult for me to load up about 3 months worth when I rent a car to buy litter, not more difficult to stack in the closet, and didn't increase the amount of litter I use, then I would purchase them. (Putting a set of pre-filled litter liners in a larger container also uses more resources, which is why I've ignored that possibility above.)

As you can see I, at least, am a lost cause. Which does not mean that other people wouldn't buy them.
post #13 of 15
sounds to me like the litterboxes with litter in them already which i can buy for $1 at the airforce base. i only buy the cheapest litter i can find since i have a lot of cats.
post #14 of 15
Do you currently use cat box liners?

No

If no, would you use them if they included the litter in them already?

Possibly

If no, would you use them knowing you never would have to pour, touch, scoop litter, and just cinch the drawstring and toss the whole bag in the trash?

Possibly

If one liner with litter lasted about 3 or 4 days of use before disposal, would this interest you to use them?

Possibly. 1 week would be better.

If these liners with litter came 3 to a box and cost about $8.00 per box, would you purchase them?

No. Too expensive. I use Feline Pine pellets. I use about 1 20 lb bag in 4 weeks (4 cats). Cost about $14 a month. I'd need 15 of yours at a cost of $40.

What would be the most you would pay for this product?

Maybe $4.

Edit: I like the idea. I would like not having to disinfect the boxes every week. But your liners sound too expensive to solve what I don't consider to be a big problem.

Good luck!
post #15 of 15
Do you currently use cat box liners?

Yes

If no, would you use them if they included the litter in them already?

No

If no, would you use them knowing you never would have to pour, touch, scoop litter, and just cinch the drawstring and toss the whole bag in the trash?

No

If one liner with litter lasted about 3 or 4 days of use before disposal, would this interest you to use them?

No

If these liners with litter came 3 to a box and cost about $8.00 per box, would you purchase them?

No

What would be the most you would pay for this product?

$0.


I prefer a box of litter b/c depending on the amount of waste, I often add more to the litter box over the course of a week. My cat is fussy and will scratch and scratch if he's not satisfied with his burial ritual. If he can smell it, he will scratch it until I scoop away the fresh mess, and add more litter. I am not disgusted by litter and do not worry about cleaning out a messy litter box. Yes, the liners do break, but only a small about of litter is in the box after removing the bag. I just carefully dump it into the garbage. It's not that big of a deal.
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