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Old 08-01-2009, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Rural New Mexico
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How well do the electronic litter boxes work? Any favorite brands? Thinking of getting one--I believe our adult cat would find it entertaining as well as she loves it went the printer starts printing.
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Old 08-01-2009, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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I had one and I loved it. However cleaning out the tray it scoops all the mess into is still a mess and you have to keep buying those trays.

They do have one that hooks into the water at your toilet and it scoops the poop and pee into a grinder that turns it into a slurry and a hose that delivers it to the toilet. Its amazing. I would LOVE to have one of those however its a couple hundred bucks.

I have a couple cats who I am pretty sure I can train to get up on the toilet and use it that way, but a couple others who probably wouldn't be so cooperative.

I used to have three cats, I had two of them trained but the fat, white one simply refused. So I gave up the notion. I think I might go ahead this time and train the ones that will do it to cut down on the amount of scooping necessary.
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Old 08-01-2009, 05:21 PM
 
Location: California
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We have had LitterMaids for about 10 years now. I re-use the plastic trays over and over...just wash them out once a week or so, and one can last for 5-6 months. My only fault with the LM is that you can not use too much litter. Fill it to the red line and only that far or else the motor is not strong enough to push thru the litter. You must use clumping litter. Once in awhile the rake will get mushed up with the litter and then it acts like a shovel...but that doesn't happen too often. Your best buying the Mega LitterMaid...the originals are sort of small...unless of course your cat is on the small size.

There is one...my daughter bought it and returned it very quickly...can't remember what it is called...but it looks just like Kenny on South Park...it is roundish and spins in order to clean...one of her cats got stuck in it! I would stay away from the one...it was called something like the Litter Bot or something like that.
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Old 08-02-2009, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Parkville, MO
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I tried the LitterMaid once - but one of my cats like to mound all the litter up in the middle of the box - which made the rake go off track. Big waste.

Last edited by catzkc; 08-02-2009 at 01:14 PM.. Reason: my kitty was helping me type!
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Old 08-04-2009, 01:35 AM
 
Location: here and then there...!
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There is one...my daughter bought it and returned it very quickly...can't remember what it is called...but it looks just like Kenny on South Park...it is roundish and spins in order to clean...one of her cats got stuck in it! I would stay away from the one...it was called something like the Litter Bot or something like that.

That is so scary, what if no one was home!? Not to mention the kitty would never use it again anyway.

Yeah, think it is called - Litter Robot.
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Old 08-04-2009, 07:45 AM
 
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I couldn't get one. Our cat loves to pile the stuff so high that it spills over and rather than in a classy way of stepping out gingerly, she tears out of the box making more of a mess.

I just wish I could teach her to open the closet door, get a bag and the scooper and clean her box and then vacuum her mess up.
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Old 08-04-2009, 10:40 AM
 
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LitterMaid and Litter Bot both require cleaning - so what's the point? I have family members that own those contraptions. We have waaay more cats and our litter box doesn't smell. Both of the boxes stink because they beleive they "take care of themselves" and wait till they are overfilled will urine and feces.

It's cheaper, easier, and more sanitary to use a standard open litter box and a scooper.
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Old 08-04-2009, 11:02 AM
 
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It's cheaper, easier, and more sanitary to use a standard open litter box and a scooper.
Thats what we use. Actually its a rubbermaid box from walmart, cheap and big enough. However she waits until you clean it, then goes, then you clean it again and just when you think you're done, she goes again.
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Old 08-04-2009, 11:31 AM
 
Location: California
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The whole idea is to have a clean box for the any cat who enters. I empty the trays everyday...once a day...with 6 cats, for me it works perfectly. No smell, no mess. Granted, the tray left filled is bound to stink...but that's just being unsanitary and lazy.
I like the idea of a clean box for any cat who goes in, as it scoops 10 min after the last cat exits.

I like them so much....I have 3 +3 Breeze boxes.
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Old 08-04-2009, 03:55 PM
 
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Granted, the tray left filled is bound to stink...but that's just being unsanitary and lazy.
True, true. That describes my sister and her litterbot. For her - it's out of sight, out of mind. I guess her nose doesn't work.

So - you are right, it's not the box - it's the owner.

We have one HUGE box with multiple cats. We scoop 4 or more times a day. The box is very deep and almost all of the cats bury their waste very deep. Thank heaven - that makes for less odor.

I know they recommend as many boxes as cats - but our cats always want to use the box that's occupied anyway!! The only litterbox problems we encountered were due to medical issues.
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