the Litter Loo vs. MDF (and Formaldehyde)

Have you ever heard of MDF?

To understand why ecoFLEX is a better material for your cat box, we first have to talk about the competitor’s materials and why that won’t work for cat urine. MDF (“Medium Density Fiber”) is a type of plywood that most manufacturers use as a cost-effective alternative to actual wood. Wikipedia describes MDF as an “engineered wood product made by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibers, combining it with wax and a resin binder, and forming panels by applying high temperature and pressure.” Although there are many benefits to MDF, including the lower price and ease of shaping panels, there are many drawbacks:

Below are the drawbacks outlined by Wikipedia:

The most concerning issue with MDF is the use of Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is used as a binding agent to adhere the particles together when pressing the wood fibers and molding the panels. This binding agent is a “known human carcinogen” recognized as a hazard by the United States. In fact, formaldehyde is banned in several countries, including Japan and most European nations.

If you can put aside the toxicity issues with the MDF materials used by most manufacturers, there are several other issues with using a cheaper wood-fiber material like MDF for cat boxes and litter enclosures. Read from a few reviewers about their variety of experiences with cat box enclosures made from MDF:

Cat box enclosures made with MDF (or any wood, really) is a terrible idea. If and when your cat misses his box, the urine will soak into the particle board and you will NEVER get that smell out. Most people end up tossing the item because of the odor. Cat urine contains sulfur, some of the highest odor-producing chemicals on the planet. Getting this sulfar-based urine out of cement is a challenge, let alone the wooden cat box you just purchased.

ecoFLEX is different because it DOES NOT ABSORB MOISTURE! Because we coat our recycled wood fibers with plastic polymers, this prevents the urine from absorbing into the ecoFLEX material. When your cat misses the cat box, simply wipe it clean and move on. ecoFLEX never retains any odors!