array_key_cast() can be used to convert a given value to the equivalent that would be used if that value was used as a key in an array
function array_key_cast( mixed $key, ): arraykey
An integer is returned unchanged. A boolean, float, or resource is cast to an integer (using standard semantics). A null is converted to an empty string. A string is converted to an integer if it represents an integer value, returned unchanged otherwise.
For object, array, vec, dict, or keyset values, an InvalidArgumentException is thrown (as these cannot be used as array keys).
mixed$key- The value to be converted.
arraykey- - Returns the converted value.