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    Hubby and I went to PetSmart since, as the main litter box scooper, he is interested in getting a self-cleaning model. We saw LitterMaid, Scoop free and one other brand. I’m interested in finding the least wasteful model in terms of containers that get thrown away with the waste. There is a really spendy one called the Litter Robot that looks promising and uses regular kitchen plastic bags.

    Does anyone have any of these brands? What do you think of yours? Do your cats like them?

    Here is the Litter Robot website: http://www.litter-robot.com/?gclid=CJOZlYOIoZoCFRlcagodrGTZ-A

    #422414

    CleopatraGlass
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    We have the Litter Robot and we love it! I thought about the purchase for a while due to the cost, but it’s worth every penny. I got a refurbished one and it was just like new. I used to have one of the rake style Litter Maid units and waste gets stuck on the tines and cause it to jam or not scoop properly. The special containers are costly and pulling them out can be tricky (I always had to turn my head because bits of litter inevitably spring out as you tug it out. The odor escaped more than with the Litter Robot as well. I haven’t had any problems with the Litter Robot and I can go a whole week between emptying the waste bag. And yes you can use regular trash bags. My kittens had quite a lot of entertainment from it as they first got used to it. If they apply pressure to the step when it’s running, it will stop for safety reasons. So they would play with that for a while. We’ve had it for about 5 months now and they still stare at it but they don’t play with it anymore. Some litter does escape (Bubbles is an active litter flinger) so I’m thinking about getting the extended lip/fence thing they offer now. It ships with plastic covering the control panel, which I just left on there because the one thing I know can go wrong is if somekitty pees on it, it can ruin it. My sister-in-law had that problem, but they had really great customer service and sent her a new one right away. I still have a backup litter box (Breeze) because the sibling rivalry brothers sometimes decide that they both HAVE to go at the same time. Anyway, hope this helps!

    #422415

    Great feedback, CG! Thank you!

    I noticed that the website offered less expensive refurbished models. There are other websites that contain reviews. It seems that some people have been very creative about modifications that increase the waste storage capacity.

    How many cats do you have? Hubby would prefer to get down to one self-cleaning litter box for our three cats. The rule of thumb for non-self-cleaning boxes is one per cat plus one. That is a lot of boxes to clean! lol

    #422416

    mollycat71
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    I have the Littermaid and it rocks! I have Betty and Wilma so of course I have two kitties. It goes thru so little litter it is amazing. It scoops up 10 mins after they go potty and puts it in the little container on the end. It is super easy for cleanup and really keeps smell down. The nice thing is it does take batteries so if the power goes out we are still ok! I love it cause it is very low maintence. I also have a non electric box in the basement in case they get “stuck” down there and don’t make it back upstairs just in time! I prefer the electric one for cleaning big time!

    #422417

    CleopatraGlass
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    With just my two permanent kitties, it will make it a whole week between emptying the bag. When we had one foster kitten (total of three cats using it), I had to empty about every 5 days. It’s no big deal though, you just pull out the drawer, swap the full bag for an empty one, and top off the litter if needed. It has a special setting to be able to pour litter through openings from the top, but I just simply use a repurposed food scoop to add litter through the entry hole. I haven’t looked into the ways to extend the capacity, but I’ll have to see what people have come up with! I’m about to get a batch of four foster kittens, so we will be adding to the number of cat boxes again temporarily!

    #422418

    WillowandWindismom
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    “Litter flinger” – that’s so cute, Cleopatraglass! I’ve had a few of those in my time.

    #422419

    I have the Litter Maid Ultra Elite, supposed to be the top of the line when I bought it. I purchased bags to fit the container from ebay–a lot cheaper than throwing away the container every time. I couldn’t count on the Litter Maid to always work–many times I came home from work and the error light was flashing–the rake gets stuck if the litter isn’t kept flat–means if you have a digger that piles the litter close to the rake it won’t work. For my 3 I had one extra regular litter box because Sheba refused to use the Litter Maid. I don’t use it now since it’s too big for the laundry room in my apartment now.

    #422420

    ailuromaniac
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    I have used Litter Maid since 1995. You can reuse the waste containers by pulling them out and emptying them (when they tear replace them). I also keep a 5 in putty knife, 4 in cheap paintbrush, dustpan and a regular flat edge spatula shaped litter scoop. When ever the pan needs extra attention, I add scraping and sifting to my routine. Each emptying of the collection box includes brushing up the scatter from the litter flinger.

    #422421

    anncetera2
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    KW, I’ve used LitterMaid. When I had only 2 cats, it worked well; but increasing numbers of cats meant the poor machine got overloaded and wore out/jammed frequently.

    My next automatic litterbox purchase will be a Cat Genie. It appears to be the most sanitary, cat-friendly, and maintenance-free solution. I’ve got room for it in my upstairs bathroom; if that works well, I’ll be one VERY happy camper.

    More info at: http://www.catgenie.com/

    #422422

    jcat
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    Holey moley, the Little Robot looks like a space capsule!

    #422423

    AZDEBRA 5/27 & crew
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    I have a Litter Maid and took it out of the house because the noise of it running was driving me nuts. Ms. B just loves fresh litter so it would scoop, rake and then she would be back in there to use it again, and again, ……but it worked well while I had it in the house.

    #422424

    jcat
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    Lol, Deb, who’d have thought Ms B would have had so much in her…?

    #422425

    AZDEBRA 5/27 & crew
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    JCAT, she would sit there and wait, heck she watches when I clean the litter boxes and runs in as soon as I am done…its funny she has to be first!

    #422426

    jcat
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    Hee hee, do you think she actually uses it or just likes to sit there and scuff up the litter, playing sandcastles?

    #422427

    FosterMom
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    I have had the Littermaid for a while now, and it works for our two cats and frequent foster kittens. I love it! We don’t have the super high end one, just the Littermaid Elite, and I have never bought new containers for it. I use plastic grocery bags to line the plastic boxes, and I duct tape around the top inside and outside of the plastic box so that the plastic doesn’t tear. Lasts forever! Also, you can buy “activated carbon” from ebay in big quantities, and I tie that into little sachets to use in the litter container instead of their expensive carbon packets. It’s a huge savings, and we go through far less litter because of the littermaid. Our cats love it, too!

    Clementine used to have an attitude problem where if the litterbox wasn’t totally pristine, she wouldn’t cover up her poop. Well, in a small apt., this is a problem! So she’d go in there and make the biggest, stinkiest pile of poo you can imagine and then leave it, as a protest! As soon as we’d scoop the litterbox, she’d stop doing it. It got our attention, all right! Now, she never does this. They love the Littermaid. I got mine at a resale store, new in the box, for $10, but if it broke now I’d buy a new one because of the money we save on litter.

    #422428

    ailuromaniac
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    Duct Tape reinforcement! Duh! And me, a fine old Southern Ding-a-ling…..er… Belle and dabbler in the SCA!

    Thought about the grocery bag liner but have not really worked out the logistics with my bag shredder being the user (Darned cat makes ribbons of any he finds even close to loose).

    #422429

    FosterMom
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    We put a strip of duct tape, sticky side up, on top of the litter container cover flap so that Clementine doesn’t scratch at it. This keeps our grocery bags intact; might work for you, AM!

    #422430

    I was interested in the Cat Genie when I first saw it, but Sheba doesn’t seem to like anything but the original litter pans. I bought the Breeze system for my bathroom (in my bedroom) because I didn’t want litter dust—she used it for several weeks then stopped–none of the others will use it either. The main boxes are in the laundry room, but I am afraid my husband will accidentally close the door so they can’t get to them so I am keeping the Breeze out too.

    #422431

    HuddysMama
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    I tried the LitterMaid box but Sebastian didn’t care for it so I got rid of it. Maverick was ok with it, but not Mr. Cat Dammit. I might try one again, but I think I have too many kitties for it to deal with.

    #422432

    BullyX22
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    Does it make alot of noise?

    #422433

    Thanks for all the info on your experiences with self-cleaning litter boxes. It is a huge help to know how they work in real life. 🙂

    #422434

    KapitiKats in NZ
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    Thank goodness for an indoor/outdoor cat! The litter robot looks terrifying!

    #422435

    SylMiaFelixsMomma
    Participant

    Hi all,

    I wanted to see an update on how the Litter Robot is working for those who have gotten one. I am purchasing a LM920 from a guy who is selling it for $20 to me. I cannot afford a Litter Robot right now but may consider in the future. One thing is it doesn’t look big enough for a cat of Sylvester’s size so I am wondering if anyone who has a big kitty (16 lbs or more) that doesn’t have any problems with the Litter Robot.

    Also, what is best to clean out a litter box? I use to just use soap and water but I am thinking either something like 1/3rd clorox to 2/3rd water. Suggestions, please. Thank you.

    #422436

    HuddysMama
    Participant

    ((Big Syl))

    #422437

    2 Popoki
    Participant

    bump for SMM

    #422438

    KYKAT 12 23
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    SMM, your formula for litter box cleaner sounds good. Just don’t use amonia. I generally will use a handful of clorox wipes and then give it a spray with the hose outside, but since you are in an apartment that wont work. I always line my boxes with newspaper under the plastic bag and that helps a lot with clean-up.

    I can’t answer on the automated litter box thingies as I have the old fashioned gotta scoop them myself kind. Speaking of which…..heading home to scoop!

    #422439

    2 Popoki
    Participant

    Newspaper under the plastic bag (liner) !! Duh ! What a great idea! Next time I clean the boxes, I’ll have to remember that !!

    #422440

    Catwoman
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    Who still gets a newspaper though? I read my news online now! LOL

    #422441

    2 Popoki
    Participant

    Only on Sunday…. I go buy the Sunday paper – mostly for the TV guide and the store ads LOL

    #422442

    BoogerMercurysMama
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    KW, I have a littermaid & I really like it. Being that I have a multiple cat household I bought a stand for mine from Amazon, which does away with the small plastic litter recepticles.

    http://www.amazon.com/LitterWorks-LW410-LMS-Disposal-Littermaid-Self-Cleaning/dp/B000EVPW8A/ref=sr_1_29?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1244503082&sr=8-29

    I also bought a permanant lid from Ebay.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/PERMA-lid-A-PERMANENT-LID-for-LITTERMAID-RECEPTACLES_W0QQitemZ150316573663QQihZ005QQcategoryZ29853QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

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