I guess I just don't get the whole "automatic litter box" thing. I'm sure a lot of you guys have them here, but I will never buy one (even though the thought has crossed my mind).
The reasons why I won't buy one:
1. It only takes me about 30 seconds to hand scoop mine. I do it before bed as a daily routine. With an automatic one, you still have to bend down and empty the poop and pee. While you're down there, you might as well scoop it!
2. It must be a pain to disenfect. Once a month or more, I empty my entire cat box and disinfect it by scrubbing it out in the bathtub, then spraying Clorox Anywhere Disinfecting Spray, dry it out, and refill with fresh litter. How could you do that with a huge, bulky, "machine" that you can't get wet?
3. My cat would absolutely freak out at any noise it made, no matter how quiet, and would probably avoid going into it altogether. No point in hiding it... she's a scaredy cat.
4. It's just one more appliance to take up my already overused electrical outlets. It's expensive and if it breaks, you have to buy a new one.
Okay, okay. I understand most of you have more than one cat and find automatic litterboxes extremely helpful. I guess I've just never had the pleasure of being around one or really know much about them. (Who knows, if I tried it I might change my story completely!).
I guess I would need major convincing before I shelled out that much money for one. I'd rather put that money into a vet fund for her in case she needs it. Seems smarter to me.