Self Cleaning Litter Boxes – Worth the Investment?
There are a million things we love about having pets. They’re furry, loyal, cuddly…the list goes on and on. But on a regular basis, these incredibly cute creatures produce something that is a little less than cute. If I’m being completely honest, the poop situation is one of the reasons I have a cat instead of a dog. The poop is more contained, and I have less direct contact with it. Regardless, it is a responsibility that cannot be ignored.
If you’re anything like me, i.e. uncomfortable dealing with the p-word, self-cleaning litter boxes might be a worthwhile investment. I bought the Scoop Free Self-Cleaning Litter Box about five years ago after I had my fill of scooping every day. It costs about $100.00.
The upsides are:
- I spend a lot less of my time scooping poop. MAJOR PRO.
- It has a crazy cool sensor (like magic!) that sweeps the box 20 minutes after it has been used by your cat.
- Pink seems to like it just fine, and she doesn’t like most things (see her Ask Pink blog for more proof).
- When people come over, I don’t have to worry that she has recently made a deposit.
- The blue crystals are pretty, and I often get compliments about them.
- When I go out of town, I know that Pink doesn’t have to wait for the cat sitter to clean out the litter box.
However, there are some downsides:
- It’s noisy and sometimes wakes me up in the middle of the night. Boo hoo.
- The crystals stick on Pink’s feet and get in the bed. It’s not so bad when they’re blue, but when they’re green or yellow, it’s gross (blue crystals mean they are fresh, green & yellow crystals mean they have been soiled).
- The replacement litter trays are expensive at 14.99 each, but they come with the litter. The company says they are “disposable.” I say they are “reusable.” If you have multiple cats using the box, you may want to spend the extra $50.00 and get the real reusable litter tray, which is made out of plastic.
- The litter rake gets soiled and broken over time. It’s a little nasty.
- I still have to deal with the poop when I clean out the compartment, and there’s more of it.
There are pros and cons, but overall I am definitely glad I bought an electronic litter box. Now I just need to spring for one of those new rakes.
Another type of self cleaning litter box I’ve been hearing about is called the Litter Robot. The Litter Robot operates like a drum. Seven minutes after your cat has used it, the globe rotates, sifting the solid material into a drawer lined with a trash bag and leaving your cat with a fresh bed of litter for the next use. It is pricier at $339.00, and I’m not sure I could get Pink into a litter box that looks like a space helmet, but you might have better luck with your cat.
There is another alternative to the Litter Robot that utilizes the spinning drum technology and has a better price tag at $99.00. . The Quick Clean Cat Litter Box from Litter Spinner has been featured on moderncat.net and has good product reviews on Amazon.
Have you tried a self cleaning litter box? Let us know if you think it’s worth the investment in the comments section below.