Automatic Litter Boxes - Review
Automatic litter boxes seem like the ultimate solution to scooping cat litter.
Cats use the box, they do or don't bury their business, and we must come along regularly to scoop out the waste and maintain a hygienic litter box. The consequences to letting the box get ripe include not only an odorous home, but kitty messes on the floor and other less-than-ideal places.
LitterMaid is a great idea, and saves a lot of people a lot of litter grief. For a one-cat household, it's super. For a multi-cat household, it's ok.
My experience with LitterMaid led me to a few suggestions for use.
- Unplug it at night. If the motor gets stuck, it will likely wake you and you have to get up to turn it off.
- If you have more than 2 cats, unplug it unless you are there to turn it on and let it run. Again, the motor sometimes sticks and when the scoop is in the middle of the litter box groaning, the cats won't use it.
- Pour litter in sparingly. Filling the pan even slightly past the fill line will cause problems.
Overall it really is a nifty gadget. My one hope is that LitterMaid will make a more durable model in the future.
- Welcome to LitterMaid
Automatic cat litter box - check out the link to the video of the LitterMaid in action.
- LitterMaid from WalMart
WalMart offers a variety of LitterMaid models and products.
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Genie in a Litter Box
There are several good online reviews about the CatGenie litter box. It has reusable litter granules that are washed and redeposited to the litter box. It requires a water hook-up and drain for the washing and disposing of waste.
- CatGenie - The World's Only Self-Flushing, Self Washing Cat Box
CatGenie flushes away waste and washes itself clean. It's dust free, odor free, and litter free. The environmentally-friendly CatGenie cat box uses permanent litter granules, so you never have to touch, clean or buy cat litter.
- CatGenie Cat Box at PETCO
The world's only self-flushing, self-washing cat box: With CatGenie, you’ll never touch litter again It automatically flushes all cat waste out of the home then washes itself completely clean Includes 2 SaniSolution cartridges
The Bottom Line
I had a LitterMaid for about a week and was so frustrated with it that instead of returning it I just chucked it. My four cats are pretty hard on litter boxes, and it didn't stand up to them. The concept is there, but the design is flimsy. I haven't tried or seen the CatGenie, but will give it some consideration. For the price, it needs to be well worth it. If anyone has tried it, I'd love to have your comments below!!! Happy cat littering!
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