I love my cat. She’s cute, cuddly and I think she’s adorable when she’s playing with string or chasing after a stuffed mouse. But the one thing about owning a cat that I’m definitely not a fan of is cleaning up her poop. It’s stinky, it’s messy and did I mention it’s stinky? I’ve played around with the idea of getting an automated self-scooping litter box, but I may have come across something much more colorful — and a tiny bit more terrifying — here at Computex 2018. It’s a cat-eared litter contraption that rotates and spins to collect your kitty’s poop.
Gallery: Spinning litter box at Computex 2018 | 5 Photos
No, don’t worry, your cat won’t spin inside it. According to the signs on display at the Wise Rhyme IOT booth, the idea here is that your kitty will go in, do her business, and jump out. It has motion sensors to know when your cat is far enough from harm’s way, and about seven minutes later, the machine’s mechanism will kick in. It’ll rotate around to essentially filter the clumped mess into a receptacle, which you can then remove and dump out.
I didn’t get to see the actual litter collection demo take place, but I did see a prototype of the machine rotating around. Along with circulating the supposed litter, there are LEDs in the ears and paws that light up in green and blue as it rotates. Of course.
Practically, this might not make a whole lot of sense. For one thing, it might be a little too small for my large 10-pound cat, and the other is that, well, it looks pretty scary. Plus it doesn’t seem like this litter bot is for sale — they’re still looking for vendor partners at the moment. But hey, at least it’ll make litter cleaning that much more exciting.
Table of Contents
- 1 Best Automatic Cat Litter Box: Cat Box Spinner Review and More
- 2 Demonstration of PetSafe’s Simply Clean Automatic Litter Box
- 3 Automatic Cat Litter Boxes I Don’t Recommend: Cat Genie Reviews
- 4 Best Automatic Cat Litter Box: The Top Three
- 5 Your City Kitty Survival Guide: 16 Expert Cat Tips and Tricks
- 6 Make sure your landlord or realtor is OK with cats.
- 7 Befriend fellow cat people.
- 8 Set the stage for Cat TV.
- 9 Microchip your kitty.
- 10 Bring the outdoors in.
- 11 Automate morning meals.
- 12 Keep smells under wraps.
- 13 Bag it up.
- 14 Fall into a black hole.
- 15 Think vertical.
- 16 Create spaces within spaces.
- 17 Make it scratchy.
- 18 Create a (temporary) playground.
- 19 Take cats to toy town.
- 20 Don’t get into a hairy situation.
- 21 Go on a #ziptrip.
Best Automatic Cat Litter Box: Cat Box Spinner Review and More
If you’re interested in finding the best automatic cat litter box, then read on… I have reviewed the most popular ones on the market today.
One of the most unappealing parts of cat ownership is dealing with cat litter boxes. They’re messy, smelly, cat litter ends up everywhere, and the litter is quite expensive. There are cats who are quite fastidious about their litter boxes and choose to eliminate outside their pans if they’re not squeaky clean. Yes, I’ve dealt with that unsavory situation… I now have a cat in chronic kidney failure who not only urinates frequently, but also in copious amounts. I simply don’t have enough hours in the day to keep up with it. Plus, I have 3 cats who all have their own cat box, but seem determined to all use the same one. I was cleaning out those cat litter boxes constantly and finally decided I needed a better solution. I got pregnant and the need for one became even more crucial as I was afraid of toxoplasmosis.
I’ve spent years being a petsitter, so I’ve been able to test drive numerous models of automatic litter boxes, cat toilets, and regular cat litter boxes. I have some recommendations about what the best ones are and what’s a waste of your precious money.
Demonstration of PetSafe’s Simply Clean Automatic Litter Box
Automatic Cat Litter Boxes I Don’t Recommend: Cat Genie Reviews
Littermaid Self Cleaning Litterboxes with rakes:
Littermaid was one of the original manufacturers of automatic litter boxes, and revolutionary in its time. I ran out and bought the Littermaid Lm 600 Self Cleaning Litterbox as soon as I could. It was a huge disappointment. The rakes continually clogged, got stuck and left behind copious amounts of urine. I practically had to measure out just the right amount of cat litter so the rakes could handle pushing the clumps into the receptacle. I have a cat who likes to urinate on the sides or to the very back of the litter pan, so eventually the motor got wet and then it died… Littermaid has come out with new and improved models, but I highly recommend you stay away from any that rely on the rakes. I’ve yet to come across one that actually works. Granted, they have their advantages over regular cat boxes, but as far as automatic litter boxes go, they are sub par. Other reviews may differ, but that’s been my experience with dozens of them.
Petmate Purrforma Extra Large Cat Litter Box Disposal System
Again, this one has the rakes. They’re steel rakes, but have the same problems all automatic litter boxes have: the rakes get stuck, the litter tie waste bags don’t properly fit and needs to be taped down, the rakes miss a lot of clumps, and, you guessed it, the motor dies prematurely.
Others with rakes: Scoopfree Automatic Cat Litter Box and Tidy Cats Breeze Cats Litter Box System. Just say: “NO!” to the rakes!
Cat Genie Reviews
You’ve heard about the Cat Genie, right? You’ve seen it on TV. It looks like a panacea, an answer to all your cat litter box problems, right? Wrong! For such an expensive cat box, I expect it to at least function 100% of the time. In theory, it’s a great design. It necessitates both an outlet and a hook up to cold water and a drain pipe. So, you’re forced to either put it in your bathroom or the laundry room. Fair enough for those who can swing that. You use permanent washable plastic granules instead of disposable cat litter. Great for the environment, no doubt. The cat urine is pulled away from the granules and lands in a basin filled with their sani-solution underneath the bowl. Basically you push a button and a rake extends out from inside the unit while the bowl spins. It picks up all the cat poop and deposits it into what they call a hopper behind the unit. The hopper is filled with the sani-solution as well where the feces gets liquified and flushed. At the same time, the granules are washed while the bowl spins and it fills itself with the water and sani-solution mixture. For about 10 minutes the cycle spins, cleans and drains while liquifying the poop in the hopper. The whole thing is then flushed out the hose. Finally, the unit blows hot air into the bowl and dries the granules.
If you enjoy sleeping with cat granules, constantly getting them stuck on your feet, and using your vacuum cleaner day and night, then you’re in luck with the Cat Genie. The granules are very light and there is no litter that’s worse in the tracking department. Since the litter is continually being tracked everywhere, you WILL need to buy more of the granules, which aren’t cheap. Couple that with purchasing the sani-solution with your initial investment and you’re in for quite an expense.
Now, it the Cat Genie didn’t malfunction I’d probably say it’s all worth it. I’ve seen it malfunction, and it’s not pretty, folks. It jams and suddenly you’re faced with a bowl full of water, cat poop and urine. Yuck. You have to disassemble the thing and if you’re lucky it will flush itself again after you’ve spent an ungodly amount of time on the customer service line learning how to disassemble and reassemble the unit. The unthinkable happens occasionally and there’s a bum part. You’re then stuck with something disgusting beyond belief while you wait for the replacement part.
From time to time the rake misses some cat poop. Imagine how stinky it becomes when that leftover feces is then blown dry in the bowl. It literally stinks up the whole house…
Additionally, it’s noisy and many cats are afraid of it and simply won’t use it. Owners also complain that it begins beeping in the middle of the night when the error detection warning goes on. It has to be manually reset to turn off the alarm. Cats are not going near a beeping cat pan, trust me.
I really wanted this to be a great solution for an automatic cat box. I love how it’s environmentally friendly, but have discovered the need to continually purchase these plastic granules pretty much cancels that out. I figured it would pay for itself without having to purchase any more litter, but I was wrong. Plus, you still have to buy all the solution for the unit.