Here are some of the best cat litter pads on the market:
- Cat litter pads for the Breeze Litter System: Purina Tidy Cats Breeze Litter System Cat Pad Refills
- Alternative cat litter pads for the Breeze Litter System: Peritas Cat Pads
- Budget cat litter pads: All-Absorb 20 Count Cat Litter Pads
- Reusable pee pad: Pet Parents Pawtect Washable Pads
- Extra large reusable pee pad: SincoPet Reusable Pee Pad
How to use cat litter pads
Cat pee pads are an actual thing. I had never heard of them until I saw them at the pet store. After doing some research, I have discovered how incredibly useful they are. They have multiple layers and absorb urine, kind of like disposable diapers. Though don’t try to put this on your cat like a diaper.
These are meant to be used on floors, furniture, and in litter box systems. Afterward, they convert the urine into a gel-like substance. Most pee pads have odor neutralizers too.
Method #1: Inside the litter box
Many people think all cats use the litter box every single time they go potty. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. While cats are extremely careful to keep themselves clean, this doesn’t always extend to your house. Especially if they are experiencing a medical or behavioral issue.
Some cat owners use kitty pads as part of their cat litter system. When I first read about this, I decided to give it a whirl. Most systems involve a tray that slides out of the bottom of the pan. You place the pad on the tray. Through perforated holes in the bottom of the litter pan, urine drips down to the pee pad. Instead of cleaning out clumps of pee, you just toss out the used pad. Clean-up was a breeze!
Method #2: Under the litter box
The other thing I did was place a couple of pee pads under and outside the box. I imagine this would work well for cats who occasionally pee outside the box, or have medical issues like an injured leg.
My cat has long hair and his paws sometimes get wet. I hoped the pee pads would absorb the liquid before he stepped onto the hardwood floor. Again, the pee pads worked well, and it reduced litter tracking.
You can also use pee pads in areas your cat has occasional accidents. Better they pee on the pad than your pricy imported carpet.
Before you stick a box of pee pads in your shopping cart, there are pros and cons to consider when deciding between single-use pads and reusable ones.
Cost: Single-use pee pads are cheaper than reusable pads. But, since they are disposable, you must keep repurchasing them. Reusable pads are less expensive in the long run.
Convenience: Disposable pee pads are more convenient. Once you are done with it you toss them out. You must wash reusable pads regularly.
Performance: Both types of pee pads are equally effective.
When choosing pee pads there are certain things to look for. First, you want to know that they are absorbent. You also might want to know if they absorb liquids fast. Another box they must check is if they neutralize odors.
Do they slip and slide on the floor, or do they stay put? Are they scratch resistant? That’s important because you don’t want your kitty shredding them. Is the bottom of the pad waterproof? If you are using them on hardwood floors that is definitely a must-have feature.
There are also litter box systems made specifically for use with litter pads.
There is a lot to learn so you can make the best choice for your kitty. Read on to learn about my experiences with the best litter pads on the market.
These pads work with the Breeze litter system from Purina. If you have issues with a smelly litter pan, give this system a shot. But you could use these pads on their own, too. They are single-use disposable pads that are super absorbent. These pads come in an eight pack, which is something to keep in mind. I was hoping for more per pack.
They did a wonderful job absorbing urine in the pan’s bottom. What I didn’t like was the scent. But considering how wonderful they are at absorbing pee, it was worth the tradeoff. I recently learned they make unscented pads too and plan on trying them out.
Because these pads are meant to be used in the lower tray of the Breeze litter pan system, they don’t resist sliding. This proved to be comic when I placed a couple of pads in front of the litter box. My cat slid across the floor on a pad when he jumped out of the litter pan once.
Purina makes great cat litter pads. They make them for the Breeze litter pan system, which is truly an effective litter box that’s easy to keep clean.
The Peritas cat pads fit perfectly inside the Breeze litter system. A single pad holds up to seven cups of liquid, making them incredibly absorbent. They are more affordable than the Purina pads, but there were a couple of drawbacks.
First, they aren’t as effective for controlling odors. The manufacturer claims they are, but in my personal experience, I could smell urine in less than two days. They are supposed to last up to a week for one cat. I also could have a super-sensitive nose.
Second, they have nothing on the bottom to keep them from sliding around the floor. Since I place pads on the floor surrounding the litter box, I need them to have a better grip.
If you have a diabetic kitty who pees a lot, these single-use pads would be perfect. Super absorbent, and very affordable.
These disposable single-use pads are an excellent and affordable choice. They fit inside the Breeze litter pan system and, in my opinion, do just as good of a job as the Purina pads.
They come 20 to a pack, which I really appreciated. According to the manufacturer, they hold up to three cups of liquids. It did a decent job of absorbing pee.
The pads have five layers. They make the second layer with odor neutralizers, and they really do the job well. Out of all the disposable pads I tried, these are my favorite for killing the ammonia smell. The last layer is waterproof, so the pad doesn’t slide around the bottom of the litter box system. They claim these pads work for up to a week, but I ended up changing them out every four to five days.
These were my favorite disposable litter pads because they handle odors so well. If I needed a more absorbent pad, I would choose another one.
Now for a fabulous reusable pad. They sell these pads two to a pack, and though they market them to dog owners, cats can use them too. What I enjoyed the most about these pads is how multifunctional they are.
One has earned a permanent place in front of the litter box, and my kitty doesn’t slide around on it. You could use these under the litter box too, or even under their food and water bowls.
These washable pads come in neutral colors: pale pink, beige, and a soft gray. They are put together well, and I imagine they will last a long time. Since they are reusable, they are more eco-friendly. And of course, the most important thing is that they really are absorbent.
They make the bottom of the pad waterproof, and you won’t have to worry about urine soaking the floor. The one not-so-great thing is they can’t be used in a litter system like Purina’s. Otherwise, they are a wonderful pad.
If you need a jumbo-sized pee pad, look no further. This washable pee pad comes in over a dozen sizes, and while it’s made for dogs, there is no reason your cat won’t love it too. The pad is four layers deep and has an anti-slip bottom. The third layer is waterproof, which prevents urine from soaking the floor.
Like the previous pad, you can use it for different things. Place one under your litter box, and you’ll be surprised at how much cleaner your floors will be.
This pad checks all the right boxes. Leakproof? Check. Waterproof? Check? Non-slip? Check. While one of these costs more than disposable pee pads, you end up saving a boatload of cash because you reuse it. The only problem is you couldn’t use it in a litter box system that requires a disposable pad.
I think there is room for both types of pads in your life. If you want to use a litter box system, you must use disposables with it. Then you can use a washable pad for other things.
Troubleshooting litter box problems
Ah, the litter box. It is a necessity that can drive us and our furry babies crazy. But it doesn’t have to be angst-inducing. Let’s troubleshoot some of the major issues people have with litter boxes.
How often should I replace cat litter?
Keeping a litter box clean is very important. Cats are super picky about their litter pans, and if it’s not up to snuff they might not use it at all.
There is no right answer to this question. It all depends on your situation. First, if you are a multi-cat household, make sure each cat has its own litter pan, plus one extra. Cats always need to know they have an open box available.
Clean out waste daily. If you are using a basic clay litter, you should probably change the litter out twice a week. If you are using a clumping litter, you can usually do it every other week. But that’s only if you are meticulous about daily scooping of waste.
When you change out the litter, thoroughly scrub the pan using a mild scent-free detergent and hot water. Don’t use smelly or toxic cleaners. Cat’s hate the smell and it discourages them from using the pan.
Why is my cat peeing on the floor?
If cats could talk, this would be a non-issue. There are three primary reasons a cat urinates outside of the litter box.
- The litter pan is not being cleaned often enough for their liking. Cats are hygienic creatures who hate smelly litter boxes. Keep the box scooped out and change the litter more often and see if that helps.
- Medical issues can make a cat pee more often. These include urinary tract problems, bacterial infections, and inflammatory diseases. Older cats occasionally have incontinent issues too. If cleaning the litter box more often doesn’t help, get your cat to the vet ASAP.
- Behavioral problems. Cats and humans have a lot in common. When humans get stressed out or depressed, they engage in some quirky behaviors. So do cats. One way they act out is by peeing outside the box. They also might hate the litter you are using. Try changing the litter and see if that helps. You could also add an extra litter box or two in different parts of the house. This would give them multiple places to do their business. Oh, and cats are private creatures. Don’t put their litter box in a public place.
What do you put under a litter box? How do I get my cat from getting litter everywhere?
Pee pads are a wonderful addition to your litter box. I like a large washable pad under the litter box. If the cat misses the box, the pad absorbs it. Also, cats occasionally kick litter out of the pan and the pee pad catches it. If your cat is tracking litter all over the house, consider switching to a non-tracking litter too.