Like many travelers, I was thrown off the road by the COVID Pandemic. Stuck at home, I started a new journey with two new rescue kittens.
They grew up fast, and so did the disproportionate amount of waste they created. How could so much poop come out of two tiny cats? It defied the laws of physics.
Although I love them, scooping out their stinky litter box became a daily ritual I came to hate.
There had to be a better way.
I reached out to folks at Litter-Robot, who kindly sent me one of their machines. After owning it for six months of constant use, here is what I found.
The Litter-Robot is ingenious. It is surprisingly easy to set up and comes with detailed instructions and suggestions on how to acclimate your cats to it. It is essentially a plug-and-play device.
I filled it with clumping litter, with a little of the old litter that had their smell. I left the old box next to it and let it get so filled up that it became less attractive to my little monsters. After a few days, I removed the old box, and the transition was seamless. They started using the Litter-Robot without a glitch.
The Litter-Robot has a rotating inner compartment that turns and sifts all waste into a bagged and odor filtered box below. The clean litter is then sifted back, ready for subsequent use.
The lower charcoal filtered waste compartment slides out from the bottom, revealing a plastic bag held in place by attached clips. It even alerts you when the compartment is full.
As soon as your cat enters and exits the Litter-Robot, it senses it, and a timer starts. After 5 minutes, the cleaning cycle begins. It takes only a minute. If your cat enters during the process or jumps on top, it stops automatically. This thing is smart.
Occasionally, you will have to give it a thorough cleaning. The outer “bonnet” is easily removed. The inner chamber comes out for a complete hose down outside or in a bathtub.
Litter-Robot knows all.
Although it is not 100% odor-free (especially if you let it fill up to the brim), the filtered compartment reduces the smell by a solid 80%. Not too shabby.
The other day a neighbor who also has a cat came over for coffee and commented, “I can always tell when someone else has a cat, but I can’t smell a thing!
The only drawback is the price. At almost USD 550, It is a hefty investment. But if I add up how much less litter we use, the lack of arguments with my partner about who scoops the poop, and how much better our house smells, the Litter-Robot is well worth the price of admission.
Litter-Robot 3 Connect is WIFI enabled. It is a simple process to download the AutoPets Connect app. From there, you can view the waste drawer level, get notifications, troubleshoot, and see recent usage history for insights into your cat’s health. The app is compatible with Apple mobile devices with iOS 10.0 or later and Android mobile devices 8.0 or later, and requires a 2.4 GHz router signal and IPv4 router (5 GHz band not supported; )
Overall Dimensions: 29 in (H), 22 in (W), 24 in (D). Waste drawer: 11 in (W), 16 in (L), 6 in (D).
Usually, at the end of a review, I reveal my likes and dislikes about a product, but I honestly love this thing and can’t imagine our home without it.