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  • #422443

    SylMiaFelixsMomma
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    BMM, What a great idea! I will check out both items when I have some cash available. Those plastic recepticles are expensive and with two cats they only last about four days as they fill up way too fast. A box of 12 is running around $22! Ouch! I know about putting plastic bags in the recepticals but I like your setup better, BMM.

    #422444

    BoogerMercurysMama
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    SMM, here is some additional info on the “Litterworks System” a video. I have also seen kits that you can buy to make your own, I think on Amazon.

    http://www.litterworks.com/index.php?cPath=30

    I have multiple cats & only have to take the bag out once per week, so I would imagine for just 2 cats you would have to empty yours a lot less. I also buy the bags in 3 pack, and I only have to purchase them about 3 times a year. My boogerman is very particular about his box & won’t use anything else!!

    #800455

    Michael McLeod
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    After fighting with “Littermaids” for several years. (replacing gears, making new more powerful power supplies, making additional waste container). I finally gave up. They required daily attention.
    I decided to try the Petsafe, Simple clean. This is without a doubt the best automatic litter box I have ever tried. It is quiet, efficient, seems to be reliable and the cats like it.
    I have seen in some other post complaints about some small residue in the litter pan (very small clumps) but I use the cheapest Walmart supper clumping litter and I don’t see this.
    Some have complained about litter getting in the gears that turn the litter pan, but the company has redesigned that mechanism and any litter that gets into that area will fall through to the floor, and this is not much.
    Some have complained about the motors not lasting, but the company will replace them for at least a year. However, I may have discovered the problem here. The motors are designed to run on 24 volts A/C, however, they run rather hot with 24 volts. I had a power supply I had made for the littermaids which puts out 18-19 volts A/C. With this voltage they run a LOT cooler, only slightly warm to the touch, not hot enough if you had your hand on it all day. You wouldn’t want to do this running them on 24 volts. The lower voltage does NOT make it run slower. This type of motor isn’t very sensitive to lower voltages, but is normally a very reliable type of motor. It is the same kind of motor used in clocks. I don’t know it the lower voltage will make them last longer but since heat is the enemy of electronic devices I suspect it will.
    The only drawback is cats who dig a lot will throw litter out. I added 3 inches to the height of the guard which is suppose to prevent that. I use the plastic from the top of plastic bin and 3/8″ flat head wood screws. This did the trick!
    Our cats took to the simple clean right away and our 12 pounder has no problem using it.
    The 3 suggestions I have told the manufacturer they should do is offer a model with a bigger litterpan, either make the sides 3 inches higher or offer an accessory for this, and lower the voltage of the power supply.
    All in all this is the best automatic litterbox I have ever used.
    Michael

    #800456

    welcome! thanks for the insight! i was always curious about the self cleaning boxes

    #800470

    Michael McLeod
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    You should try one, you can find them for about $73 on Amazon and if you are a Prime member free shipping. We have 3 cats and 2 of these litter boxes, but one would handle the load.
    Michael

    #800493

    u know mike, i think you’re right. once i get cats again i think it would be great. my hubby is not into cat pee smell, so maybe he’d be more convincing if there is none. :)i mean whether he likes it or not, when i can afford, there will be cats lol. but thisll make it easier i think

    #800504

    Michael McLeod
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    We have 3 cats and with the “Simple Clean” there is NO cat smell. People who don’t know we have 3 of these critters are very surprised they smell noting! The bins need to be emptied about every other day and are lined with a plastic bag. Grocery bags work just fine and it is a simple easy task. So go to your local animal shelter and pick up a cat. Have them fixed and they will be a wonderful pet. A good source of cat behavior information is the Animal planet show “My cat from hell”. You will see that the vast majority of behavior problems are caused by the guardians and not the cats. Through out the past 20 years we have had a total of 7 cats and no problems with any of them. Our current 3 sisters give us hours of entertainment and joy. There is nothing so relaxing as a warm, buzzing cat on your lap or next to you. Better than any man made tranquilizer.
    Michael

    #800509

    i used to have 13 cats and loved it. i can’t have and don’t need kids, but i need cats in my life. i do have one question for you about the self cleaning systems….. they ALL hook up to the loo or the sink or something na? isn’t that a pain to deal with? just wondering….

    #800515

    Michael McLeod
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    There is only one brand that actually hooks up to water and the toilet. I have no experience with them but the Simple clean is not one of those.
    Here is the website:
    http://store.petsafe.net/simply-clean-litter-box-system

    You can purchase it for $73 on Amazon. The only maintenance is to empty the waste bin and add clumping litter as needed. The manufacturer says the cat weight limit is 12 pounds (5.4 Kg), but that is not because a heaver cat would break it but might not fit well. Our 12 pounder has no difficulty and a larger car would probably be able to use it.
    Michael

    #800516

    oh thats a great option! n its not too pricy…a bit pricy but reasonable. ive bookmarked that link for when i get cats again. right now im not financially set enough to have them, as much as i want to. i dont want to endanger them because of my current struggles.

    #800517

    Michael McLeod
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    Sikandar,
    Sometimes you can find them for less on ebay, I’ve seen them as low as $32 but most often they are priced higher than Amazon has them for. FYI I live in White Hall, WV USA, my Wife thinks by your name you may live in India. Is that correct, only if you wish to share your location.
    Anyway, I hope things look up for you soon so you can again have a cat in your life.
    Michael

    #800525

    yea i often go to ebay or amazon’s used section. lol ur wife is half right. 🙂 im indian living in usa. im in new york. she knows about india?

    #800532

    Michael McLeod
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    Yes! She has managed the office of the local Lung Doctor for 22 years. Prasad Devabhaktuni from Guntur. Actually she managed not only his office but his life. Ultimately, he and his wife became US citizens. Before that she became friendly with the Indian consulate as his passport would needed to be renewed at the last minute. Anyway, she developed an interest in the Indian culture and can also figure out where people from India were born by their name. Before we moved to WV she worked for 7 years in Sleepy Eye, MN where the surgeon was Krishna Muthy from Madras. She reads a lot, learns quickly, and remembers everything! No kidding!
    We are retired now and the Dr. is on his own. Every day is a vacation day for us. Lots of time to enjoy the cats!
    Michael

    #800533

    aw that’s great. yes sikandar is actually of persian origin, but is a given name in india, pakistan and such. it’s actually a muslim name, but im a sikh. my hubby is full punjabi, and im mix. my dads grandmum was from india and married a white man, so im indian mongolian and white mix.

    #800534

    Michael McLeod
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    When I first asked my Wife about your name she said that by your last name you were a sikh. You have a very interesting pedigree. Prasad used to say the Anglo-Indians were the most beautiful.
    Michael

    #800536

    thanks 🙂 well, i dunno, my mix race present a challenge. i learned alot from it, but it can also present alot of trouble, especially with some behaviorial and cultural weaknesses from both east and west. but nothing i can do about it, except embrace my roots. i love sticking to my desi roots, and the discpline and strict morals that came from it.

    #800537

    Michael McLeod
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    Well, whatever one does it should be done well! I guess we have gotten off topic about as far as possible, but learning about others with whom you share common interests is interesting and something this world needs more of. Thanks for sharing!
    Michael

    #800538

    lol true tue haha :)no prob

    #800683

    TygerandLilly
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    We used to have one of the original Litter-Maid boxes. It was the smaller one and with two big cats it was always jamming up. We kept another standard box in use too because at first the cats would play with the Litter-Maid box but then would run when it went off. After they got used to it, they would sit in the room just to jump in/out and then wait for it to go off. The waste containers are expensive and before we got rid of it could not find them anywhere and had to order online. There is still a partial box sitting in the basement.
    The Litter Robot looks great, but wow the price!

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by  TygerandLilly.
    #800687

    Michael McLeod
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    I had the same problem with the littermaids. I made a lot of changes to them like putting a bar in front of the rake to keep the cats from peeing on it. Mounting the LM on a plastic bin and fashion a chute that would direct the waste to a big plastic bag in the bin. This work well for waste I could go up to 10 days and then the waste was in a plastic bag. But, I still had to deal with the clogging of the rake. I suspect, and by the post I read elsewhere all litter boxes with a rake have this same problem, The Simply clean has no rake and just doesn’t clog. The only attention I have to pay to it is empty the bin every 2nd or 3rd day and ad litter. It doesn’t use much litter, not like the maid!
    I know I may sound like an ad for Petsafe Simply clean, but I’m just a cat lover with a solution to a problem we all face. I’m so happy with the simply clean I would like every body who has ever thought about an automatic litter box to try it. If there are any problems the company is incredibly easy to deal with.
    Michael

    #800865

    anncetera2
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    By the way… I have had my Cat Genie litterbox for 4 years now, and the only thing I can imagine would be better would be teaching all the cats to use the toilet! Adding substrate and new sanitizer cartridges are the only consumables. An occasional wipedown on the outside with a wet wipe, and cleaning the mineralization off the sensor are the only other maintenance tasks, done as needed. LOVE IT.

    #800875

    Michael McLeod
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    I think the Cat Genie is a good and interesting idea. I have considered it but the initial cash outlay always seemed to turn me off (I’m a cheap Scotsman). But with our current 3 cats we have to keep the bathroom door closed as they will attack the toilet tissue. Unwind the roll and shred the paper. Maybe they are trying to tell me they want a “Cat Genie”!
    Michael

    #800892

    well ur people make shortbread, which goes sooo well with almond butter…im usually cheap too. it’s all gud!

    #864502

    Marcel L. Wheaton
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    Wow, the comments are so old. Hope I didn’t bother you guys. I have been using automatic feeders for several years, and they have been working great. Now, I think it would be much better for us to get ourselves an automatic feeder. It would be much more convenient for us to feed our cats this way. Not to mention, you can control the diet and amount of food intake. If your cats have diabetes or similar conditions, getting an automatic feeder will help to improve their health a lot. You check all the important factors before buying it too. Cheers.

    #864505

    pussigato
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    #864506

    Kittyzee
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    Some of the posts are old ones, we keep them up because people are always coming here and looking for answers to questions they have with their cats and kittens.

    I haven’t used any self cleaning litter boxes, so I can’t weigh in on this subject. Maybe others here have, and will give you some input. I think some here have used the water fountains and self feeders though.

    #864507

    Michael McLeod
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    Littermaid does not work well, don’t get that. I use “Simply Clean”. They work well. The only problem with them is the motors are not well maid and will die in about a year. You can extend the life of the motors substantially by connecting it to a timer set to run 30 minutes out of each hour. Timers can be purchased inexpensively and are really worth it. I have two simply cleans both on timers for 3 cats. You can purchase one from Amazon for $72.99.

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