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The *best* automatic litter box?

post #1 of 25
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So, I really would like to have an automatic litterbox because my cat has pretty smelly poos (she's been checked by a vet and nothing's wrong) and it's hard for me to clean it every day because of my busy schedule. However, i've heard some not-so-good things about the Littermaids and the Petmate one. Mostly about how they break/jam and are noisy (having stayed over at a friend's house who had one and sleeping in the same room as it, I definatley found that out first hand) I live in the basement of my house, and in respect for my roommates I keep Luna's litterbox down here as well, so a really noisy one is not an option. But i've also heard of two other brands - Scoop Free and another on that I can't remember off hand. it would really be nice to keep the odor down (Luna doesn't like covered boxes, she won't use them) and cut back my cleaning time. So any advice/suggestions would be greatly welcomed!!
Thanks
post #2 of 25
Hi, while I have never tried any of the automatic litter boxes out there, I am an advisor on a shopping site with reviews where the number one rated automatic litter box is the Litter Robot.

http://www.litter-robot.com/default.aspx?ac=1
post #3 of 25
Thread Starter 
Ahh yes, I've seen this one. It looks like something from the future.

there are two concerns I have about it. 1. it is still covered and I am worried Luna wouldn't use it. 2. it's a little bit outside of my price range. I'm a college student and and pretty broke. It's a possibility i can ask for an automatic litter box from my parents as a christmas present, but I doubt they'd go for a $300 one though!..

but yeah, i'll probably have dreams about that litterbox. it does look very nice. =) maybe someday when i'm rich and famous LOL
post #4 of 25
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Originally Posted by miao_kitty View Post
Ahh yes, I've seen this one. It looks like something from the future.

there are two concerns I have about it. 1. it is still covered and I am worried Luna wouldn't use it. 2. it's a little bit outside of my price range. I'm a college student and and pretty broke. It's a possibility i can ask for an automatic litter box from my parents as a christmas present, but I doubt they'd go for a $300 one though!..

but yeah, i'll probably have dreams about that litterbox. it does look very nice. =) maybe someday when i'm rich and famous LOL
with all the usual caveats about buyer beware, I recently read a review where the buyer lives in Canada, and could only obtain theirs via ebay. So....consider that a possible source where it should cost less
post #5 of 25
Thread Starter 
anyone ever heard of/used the "Scoop Free" one that uses crystals?
post #6 of 25
I've never used an automatic litter box, but I'm curious what kind of food you are feeding your cat. He smelly poos could possibly be nearly eliminated with a change in diet.
post #7 of 25
this is pretty cool, I'm new here, not sure if anybody has seen or heard of this

Here
post #8 of 25
haha you're right, that does look like a box from the future lol.


Anyway, I agree with was said... try changing food, I know for a fact that... when I adopted my kittens, at first they were eating very low quality food and when I brought them home and they pooped... oh dear my my lol it was like an atomic smell bomb but as soon as the stool they passed was formed from the quality good they ate, it seemed like the smell almost disappeared.


Smelly stool I guess would be an indicator of low quality food or atleast food that doesn't do a whole good job of making the stool smell less horrific lol
post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by Tru87 View Post
haha you're right, that does look like a box from the future lol.


Anyway, I agree with was said... try changing food, I know for a fact that... when I adopted my kittens, at first they were eating very low quality food and when I brought them home and they pooped... oh dear my my lol it was like an atomic smell bomb but as soon as the stool they passed was formed from the quality good they ate, it seemed like the smell almost disappeared.


Smelly stool I guess would be an indicator of low quality food or atleast food that doesn't do a whole good job of making the stool smell less horrific lol
Originally I was feeding her Nutro WEight Management, and now I'm feeding her Natural Balance. Ever since I've had her though, she's had smelly poos every now and then. I'm thinking of switchign to Felidae though, but I don't think my local pet stores have it and i want to give her a sample before I buy the food (in case she doesn't like it...)
post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by Jericho 2550 View Post
this is pretty cool, I'm new here, not sure if anybody has seen or heard of this

Here
Wow! *drool* that is definately the cat owner's dream as far as litterboxes go. But I'm really thinking that aside from having the money for it you probably have to own your home b/c it looks like it needs a special hookup. ...if only...
post #11 of 25
Personally, I have a littermaid and love it! Never had any problems with it and it certainly was reasonably priced at just under $100. It can be noisy, but it's on the main floor and we sleep on the top floor, so it doesn't prevent us from getting rest. Actually, with my kitty Sluggo having all these UTI problems it's been a blessing because I know when he goes potty so I can keep an eye on it! Good luck to you.
post #12 of 25
I've been using the Scoop Free since Nov 2nd and love it so much. With working and goign to school full-time, having a month to not change the litter box is just amazing. Marishka took to it the same day, too. And no odor. I have never been happier with cat poop!
post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by miao_kitty View Post
anyone ever heard of/used the "Scoop Free" one that uses crystals?
i think the Scoop Free sounds interesting, but with multiple cats i think i'll stay with my littermaids - i have 3, & have had very little problems with them. i can't afford that many litter robots, altho they sound really good. & the other one needs to be hooked up to a water line, so that's also out.
post #14 of 25
I have a littermaid in my home and I hate it, I find myself cleaning it more than a regular litterbox. I have two cats and they poop a lot! They never stop So I had to unload the poo out of the container it goes into a whole lot. It was a mess. I prefer regular litterboxes with a top cover so that it doesn't smell as much.
post #15 of 25
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
i think the Scoop Free sounds interesting, but with multiple cats i think i'll stay with my littermaids - i have 3, & have had very little problems with them. i can't afford that many litter robots, altho they sound really good. & the other one needs to be hooked up to a water line, so that's also out.
I've heard that some stypes of crystal litter works well in the Littermaid because it shrinks the poos that take up space in the tray, and works so well on odors. I read it online somewhere, someone who was talking about it...
Hmm...I'll have to look for it...
post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by Marishka View Post
I've been using the Scoop Free since Nov 2nd and love it so much. With working and goign to school full-time, having a month to not change the litter box is just amazing. Marishka took to it the same day, too. And no odor. I have never been happier with cat poop!

Thanks for the input! So how's it do as far as noise? Because a little noise I can get used to but her litter box is close to my bedroom so too much wouldn't work.
post #17 of 25
Well, the only noise it emits is 20 minutes after the cat leaves the box, the rake goes across the box. Mine is in the basement, so I don't really hear it too often unless it happens to go when I'm at my desk or doing laundry (both are in the basement). It's a soft "whurr" for a minute or two.

I don't know if you have like a fish tank or anything, but the noise of the litterbox is less annoying than the splashing of water all day from my fish tank...lol. Maybe I'm just weird cause hearing that the litterbox working is soothing

If ya want to know anything else, just let me know. I've convinced my sister to buy one for her house, and a friend is (almost) convinced.
BTW, if anyone lives near a Jack's Aquarium & Pets, they're on sale for $99!
post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by Marishka View Post
Well, the only noise it emits is 20 minutes after the cat leaves the box, the rake goes across the box. Mine is in the basement, so I don't really hear it too often unless it happens to go when I'm at my desk or doing laundry (both are in the basement). It's a soft "whurr" for a minute or two.

I don't know if you have like a fish tank or anything, but the noise of the litterbox is less annoying than the splashing of water all day from my fish tank...lol. Maybe I'm just weird cause hearing that the litterbox working is soothing

If ya want to know anything else, just let me know. I've convinced my sister to buy one for her house, and a friend is (almost) convinced.
BTW, if anyone lives near a Jack's Aquarium & Pets, they're on sale for $99!
THANK YOU! That seems like the best bet for my price range...now let's see if I can either convince my mom to get it for me for christmas...otherwise it may be a while till i can afford it.
post #19 of 25
No problemo!

The price is what finally sold it on me, too
post #20 of 25
I used to own two Littermaids, tried the Purrforma and currently own two Litter Robots. I found that the littermaids required more maintenance than regular boxes so when they were destroyed during a move I chose not to replace them. I used jumbo boxes and litter crystals. Finally I decided to get an automatic box and made the horrendous mistake of getting the purrforma. Let's not even talk about that. Then in desperation, I decided to try the odd looking, expensive litter robot. I was not disappointed. I was just on their web site and they now have the litter robot II with some design improvements. There is a 60 day money back guarantee and now an installment payment option. I know from personal experience and 3 purchases with this company that their customer service is outstanding. I'm sure they honor their return policy.The best site for info on automatic litter boxes is this one http://www.litterbox-central.com/forum/ . Good luck.
post #21 of 25
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I would like to post an update to this thread now that I am the proud owner of a "Scoop Free" automatic litter box. I am very happy with it. I only have one cat (who does seem to poop a lot) but I cannot smell it at all. And when I do smell it, I know that it is time to change the cartridge because a couple pieces may be left out of the trap.

As far as noise goes, I am also very happy with it. The box is in my basement, but that is also wear my bedroom is. I can hear it when I am falling asleep, but am happy to say that it doesn't wake me up. (I stayed with a friend who had a littermaid in the room where I was staying and it woke me up about 5 times in a night. haha).

The price of the box was definately not bad and the cartridges are a little pricey about $18 each. However, I have found that if the poop-trap is full with in a couple weeks I can just lift it up and scoop out the leavings and put it back. This may defeat the no-scooping quality a little, but let me tell you, it takes about 3 minutes because they are all in the same place which sure beats the longer time it took to "fish through" regular litter and urine clumps. also, it's the smell that is more important to me, or rather the lack of one.

Lastly my cat used it the first day it was out and she deffinately preferred that to her other one (i put them both out to get her accustomed) since it was always clean.

So over all i'd recommend this box to anyone who has one or two cats. the lack of odor, efficient cleaning and little noise makes the higher price of the cartridges worth it!!
post #22 of 25
We had one once, but with 6 cats who were on the same bathroom schedules, they bogged it down and broke it!!
post #23 of 25
I'm glad it works so well for you! I do the same thing with the cartridges, and sometimes I take out the crystals and put new ones in the tray.
It really does surprise you that it doesn't smell after a month, doesn't it? I love it...lol.
post #24 of 25
I bought a LitterMaid Elite a little over a month ago and it is already broken. I hope I can bring it back to PetsMart. I don't want another one.
post #25 of 25
Hi,

I had littermaid automatic litterbox before but it didn't work for me since my cat has urinary tract problem so he peed in a big puddle and the scoop couldn't lift it..so it ended up just right where they were.

So now I tried Scoopfree...not to thrill about it either...in fact I'll return it tomorrow since the crystal didn't absorb the odor well enough (not enough for my cat that pee a lot). Also not to thrill about the idea leaving the litter for more than a day at the same place.

Haven't tried to robot one...it's too expensive.
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