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I really love this product! I will be keeping it! As a pregnant woman, this has been a game changer. I have been using it for almost a month now. I have 3 cats and have to clean out the drawer every 5 days or so. It’s very easy to clean and the draw-string liners provided with the box are thick quality. I don’t notice any lingering odors at all, even though I keep it near the living room of my home.
I would recommend turning off auto cleaning for the first couple of days, while your cat is getting used to the box. My cats were a little freaked out by it when it auto cleaned after two minutes the first time.
I also recommend setting up a UV schedule for every 4 hours. It will automatically UV sanitize after each cleaning, but the extra schedule keeps the odors away.
The app is very user friendly. I included a screenshot of the main settings page, to show some of the various features offered. The app notifies when the box is being cleaned, how much your cat weighs, if there is a blockage detected in the drum, and when the drawer is full. It also reminds you to clean it out completely after 30 days.
Cons: Doesn’t have a mode to empty all litter out when it’s time to fully clean it out. (To be fair, I didn’t know that was a thing when I bought this, but apparently other auto litter boxes have that feature). It would be really nice to have that!
The opening is kind of high for an elderly cat. It would be nice if the company made a ramp attachment for it, like other companies offer for their auto boxes. My middle-aged cat with mild arthritis had a couple of poo accidents while trying to lift herself into the box, but she is comfortable with using it now and doesn’t have problems anymore.
Your cat will definitely get litter on the floor when they jump out, since the opening is higher up than a regular box.
We purchased this automatic litter box to put in my home office because the other boxes we were using just didn't help with the smell. This automatic litter box has really helped. It's super quiet too (most times I barely hear it working... only an occasional squeaking noise). We had a Litter Robot brand in the past, but it was louder and more particular about being placed on carpet (it would oftentimes stop working).
We bought the optional step to go with ours. It's not really necessary... a box with a rug on it actually worked fine until the step arrived. Once it was delivered and put into place, though, the cats were a little hesitant to use it... they weren't too sure about all the holes in it and the slight flexibility of the plastic as they walk on it. But, I just held them and talked calmly to them while gently putting their feet on it until all of their weight was on it. Once they realized that it was safe, they started using it with no problems. The cats like to sit on a nearby table and watch it rotate.
We're using Tidy Cat Lightweight type litter and it works fine. The chute where the waste drops into the bin below seems to funnel everything nicely. We've had a few "clingers" - to the rubber liner, the plastic walls, and the chute, but it's probably because one of the cats has the scoots right now because we changed food brands. It seems to scrape off fairly easy with a little help from the litter scoop and a quick swipe with a disinfectant wipe. The "fence" in the opening helps keep litter inside... we didn't have that feature with our Litter Robot and it has been nice on this one.
One drawback we've found is that the carrying handles are a little low, which makes it kind of difficult to lift and move it without having your face practically IN the litter box (not really... but very close!). We had the same problem with the Litter Robot style too. I almost wish someone would invent some sort of carrying "handle" that would fit around the bottom, come up the sides and snap together at the top so you could just pick it up with that instead. We don't have to move it very often, but when we do, it would be nice if there was an easier way to do it.
Overall, we're happy with it so far and are actually looking forward to getting another one so we can (hopefully) get rid of the regular litter boxes for good.
Litter robot has simplified our lives when it comes to the cats! My husband and I both hated scooping every day (we could never keep up with it daily anyway) and it would get disgusting after a few days. Now, don’t have that problem anymore! We had a few glitches the first month we had it with it getting stuck mid-cycle and installing the battery back up was a bit confusing, but after a month we got the issues worked out and now it’s been smooth sailing! I had tried other less expensive scoop-less systems, and everyone of them were a waste, wish I would have just bitten the bullet and bought the litter robot to begin with, worth every penny! Best $500+ money i ever spent! The one negative is that the liner bags collecting the waste aren’t being used to capacity, so it feels like a big waste of a bag, but I don’t see any other way to get more in the bag or use a smaller bag, so a small issue in the grand scheme of things, and overall not a big deal. We have found to save a little bit of money using a cheap, regular 13 gallon trash bag works just fine so we don’t have to purchase the litter robot specific liners, still have capacity waste, but rather have that any day than have to scoop!