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Automated litterboxes item created by Anne, Mar 12, 2016
Pros - no scooping! cats have a clean box every time! cleaner kitty paws in your your house!
Cons - price
A litter box which cleans itself automatically that you can monitor via your phone? It’s not science fiction—it’s the Litter-Robot 3 Connect! This high tech litter box completely eliminates the unpleasant chore of scooping out the litter box—all you need to do is remove a waste bag from it periodically (once a week for a single cat and more often for multiple cat households) and you are good to go. No special litter or bags are required—a good clumping litter and tall kitchen garbage bags work fine. (Yes, Litter-Robot sells its own litter and own bags, but the system works fine without them.) A bonus of the new Connect version of the Litter-Robot is that it allows you to use an app on your phone (iPhone or Android) to monitor the litter box remotely. You can see when your cat uses the box, monitor the level of the waste drawer, and receive notifications if something is amiss, such as an operating fault of some kind or a full waste drawer. The app isn’t perfect, but it is helpful, and kind of fun to use. It is essentially a nice addition to a truly stellar product. The Litter-Robot 3, if operated properly, truly does free you from litter box drudgery. Only having to take out a full waste bag and replace it with a clean bag twice a week (I have two cats) is a far cry from having to actually scoop out a litter box to clean it. And as the Litter-Robot cleans itself after each use, your cat never has to do its business in a dirty box. This makes the cat happier: cats are known to prefer eliminating in a clean box. And for you, it means that your cat isn’t walking around your home with dirty paws. And speaking of your home, it is going to smell better with the Litter-Robot than with a typical litter box, because all the waste is gathered in a closed area with a carbon filter to reduce any escaping odors. Overall, it is an outstanding system.
So what’s the catch? It is quite expensive, running $449 for the basic Litter-Robot 3 and $499 for the fancier Connect model with the smartphone app connection ability. Also, you have to follow a pretty strict set of guidelines to make sure it operates correctly. Essentially:
1. You have to be careful to use just the right amount of litter—too little and your cats don’t have enough to do their business in and too much and the weight is too heavy for the system. And it has to be a clumping litter—not every kind of litter will work
2. You must be sure that the feet of the Litter-Robot are on a hard, flat level surface (if on tile, even grout lines can be problematic, so you have to work around those)
3. The litter box cannot touch any walls
4. You have to press the reset button after each addition of fresh litter, removal of a waste bag, or repositioning of the unit. )
There are also a few other periodic maintenance things you need to do—there are a few places in the litter box where litter dust can build up which affects the operation of the device—but these are not difficult and don’t need to be done very frequently. Disassembling the device and cleaning it periodically is nice to do, I suppose, but really not that necessary unless your cat is particularly messy or you have super high standards. (In my approximately 8 years of use of Litter-Robot cat boxes, I think I have emptied and washed out the globe twice.) In my opinion, if you have the money for this litter box and you can follow the operating instructions, the Litter-Robot 3 Connect is truly a game changer. It takes all the icky stuff out of owning an indoor cat.
Many thanks to the kind folks at Litter-Robot for sending me out this sample to review.
Pros - Human convenience.
Cons - Mechanical noises that scare cats.
Mechanical movements that scare cats.
When a cat uses the litter box it's important that they feel safe- or they'll find other places to do their business. While this product is pretty convenient for us humans, cats don't usually like noises and mechanical stuff buzzing around them while they take care of their private business. So save your money and just buy a regular litter pan and clean it out often.
Pros - So far it is fabulous! Uses very little litter, and I haven't had to empty the poop drawer yet. Best of all, no scooping!! My very scaredy cat adapted to it right away. No smell, small space with litter out of view essentially.
Cons - price! But, I think it is worth it to me. I got it with 18 month warranty, extra litter bags, door fence included. I overfilled it the initial filling, didn't see the fill line, easily remedied.
I hate scooping litter, but I love having a cat. This is fricking fabulous! I am very excited about this new item. Hoping that it will continue to live up to my initial impressions for a very long time.
Pros - No scooping, No odor, Easy one minute bag empty, happy kitties
Cons - Price is steep, electronic so can easily get a dud
Purchased one of these about a month ago. Kept on getting stuck and going fast yellow blinking light. Customer service people are great to deal with however, they kept on giving me reasons why it was not working and telling me fixes that did not fix it. Finally just had them send me a replacement which they did cheerfully. That unit worked like a charm right out of the box as did the second one that I purchased shortly after. At the time of purchase I had seven cats. My cats all took to it readily with no issue however, they are a bit odd about litter boxes. New litter boxes have always been like Christmas for them. I recently rescued two kittens who also took to it right away without issues. Of course there is some watching with the little ones as they don't weigh enough to trigger it so I have to manually cycle it and make sure they don't enter when it is ready to cycle soon. So far it has not been any problem. This is an amazing product and don't hesitate to send it back and get a replacement if there are issues.
Pros - NO Scopping NASTY LITTER
Cons - High priced
I am a 58 year old divorced male that is very lazy on cleaning my cats box. I have 3 Ragdolls that are bigger breed cats. I work 2 jobs at 55-56 hours a week and just want to don't want to come home to a mess on my carpets because my cat boxes were not clean. I owned an early Litter Robot about 12 years ago and it died after about 1 year My new Litter Robot has been much improved with other features has been flawless over the last 2 months while the customer support on the product has been outstanding. Good luck on your own decision.
Pros - Wonderful.. no smells..
Cons - its big
Got my robot yesterday set it up (easy) MAxx got right in used within 5 minutes, it is quiet.. and efficient, i cant see the devil donuts.. thank you .. my biggest things were smell, visual, scooping by hand.. check check check i can tell u i have bought no less that 6 litterboxes in 6 months, donated all of them.. this is a keeper.. it is everything i wanted it to be.
Pros - No scooping!
Cons - High cost but worth every penny!
We love this litterbox! Works percectly, no smell, and no scooping! Our 2 month old new kitten took to it right away. She now weighs a little over 3 lbs. and it now recognizes when shes been in it and automatically scoops all the time (manufacturer says kitten needs to be 5 lbs. to automatically scoop). Before we needed to press a button which was easy and still better than scooping. We have to empty it about every 10 days with one cat. Get it from the manufacturers web site which is cheaper than Amazon.