Do you have a multiple cat household? Are you overwhelmed with the number of conventional litter boxes in your home? The Humane Society and other sources suggest having 1.5 litter boxes per cat. That means three litter boxes for two cats and five litter boxes for three! Think about all of the crouching, scooping and replenishing involved in a three-cat home. If you love your big family of kitties, but you’re having trouble managing all of their many waste receptacles, then perhaps you need something simpler. The Litter Robot! Voila! Why not replace your five conventional litter boxes with one automatic self-cleaning litter box? It’ll be even more effective, and you’ll have less than 1/5 of the work to do. A Clean Box, Every Time! One of the chief reasons for one and a half litter boxes per cat is cleanliness. As cat owner, there’s only so much scooping that you’re going to be able to do in a day, and the typical cat owner wants to minimize that as much as possible. With only one box and three cats, you’d be practically scooping all day long just to keep the box clean enough to keep your cats satisfied. So, at least with conventional litter boxes, one per cat plus an extra or two is a safe way to ensure that your cats are always arriving at a relatively fresh litter box. But what if there was some device that could clean itself after each use, to ensure that the next kitty to arrive would be presented with a completely clean environment? Oh, what’s that, you say…you say there is such a device, and it’s called the Litter Robot? Well, by golly, how about that? Now, with just one Litter Robot, your multiple cat household no longer has to be a multiple litter box household, too. Touché, Automated Pet Care, touché. Reduced Competition! Another factor that plays into the use of litter boxes in a multiple cat household, and which can necessitate a separate litter box for each cat, is a level of spirited (or sometimes just plain bullying) competition. When one cat decides that the other will have to acknowledge the first cat’s dominance before being permitted to use the litter box, it can lead the second cat to eliminate waste elsewhere to avoid confrontation. But why introduce a second, or third, litter box only to alleviate the symptom, when you could face and resolve the problem directly. With an automatic self-cleaning litter box like the Litter Robot, you not only solve the effects of the competition, but you can actually relieve the competition entirely. When your litter box actually cleans itself after each use, you’ll find that your cats will be less prone to identifying it as “their” domain, but rather see it as a universal (and readily accessible) location to make waste. So, don’t allow one cat to bully the others, but level the playing field with the technologically superior Litter Robot, instead! If your multiple cat household is becoming too much of a burden, there’s a simple and convenient solution that will have you and your cats much happier than before. A Litter Robot is the answer to every one of your multiple cat, multiple litter box dilemmas.
When researching self-cleaning litter boxes, you will be surprised to learn that almost none of these products operate the same way. They comprise a unique category of consumer products where each litter box tends to use entirely different technology than the next—unlike, say, your standard toilet, which functions pretty much the same way as any other toilet. Maybe it's an issue of patents, or maybe it's just because no one has figured out the single best way to automatically scoop cat litter. Regardless, this differentiation has led to some pretty innovative designs, which we're going to discuss in the following paragraphs. History The history of self-cleaning litter boxes is brief, because they've only been around since around 1991. It looks like the first design for an automatically cleaning litter box was patented in September 1991 by Angelo Carlisi. Like most of today's models, it suggests using a motor-driven rake to filter the solids out. The design was probably made possible by the invention of clumping cat litter in the 1980s, which made cat litter less messy and easier to filter. Sensors Most of today's electronic self-cleaning litter boxes are equipped with a sensor. At its most basic, this sensor is activated when a cat enters or exits the litter box. Usually, there is a pre-programmed time delay that begins when the sensor is activated, and gives the cat an adequate amount of time to finish its business before the scooping action starts. Some of the more complex litter boxes have sensors that even register and adjust to the cat's weight, allowing them to accommodate large and small cats alike. Rake To filter out the waste from the clean litter, the majority of cat boxes use an automated rake that sifts the excrement into a waste tray. Some of these litter boxes, such as the Litter Robot, use an ingenious rotating mechanism to do this. The dome-shaped bin itself rotates, moving the litter past a stationary rake. In other models, a rake moves through a rectangular bin, depositing clumps into a waste tray or other receptacle. In some boxes that use this latter mechanism, such as the ScoopFree, the method is enhanced by the usage of crystals that absorb urine and desiccate solids, thus reducing odors and making it less likely that the rake's tines will get clogged. The CatGenie goes one step further, raking solids into a vessel where they are essentially liquefied and disposed into a drain usually leading into the toilet. Safety mechanism It may be easy to imagine a horrifying accident in which your curious cat enters the litter box during its cleaning cycle, but fear not, because the engineers have anticipated this and incorporated solutions into their designs. Many self-cleaning litter boxes have safety mechanisms that are activated when a sensor detects that your cat has entered the box. Once activated, the raking mechanism will stop, and the delay timer will reset, giving your cat an adequate amount of time to leave the litter box.
A lot of people don't like handling cat litter because being in close proximity to feces is just gross—and who can blame them? But there might be scientific evidence to support the positions of those who want to stay away from cat litter by buying a self-cleaning litter box. By automatically scooping the litter, self-cleaning litter boxes both inhibit parasitic and bacterial growth in feces and ensure a minimal amount of contact between the user and the excrement. Research shows that cat feces can, under some circumstances, lead to a variety of parasitic and bacterial infections if not handled properly. Toxoplasma gondii is a parasite excreted in cat feces. Not all cats have the parasite, but they can get a Toxoplasma infection by ingesting infected rodents or the feces of other infected cats. Once infected, a cat can shed the parasite in their feces for up to two weeks. Although rare, people can become infected with toxoplasmosis in several ways. Among those is through the ingestion of anything that has become contaminated by the feces of infected cats. Those who become infected with toxoplasmosis show either no symptoms or mild illness, but it can have severe effects on fetuses when pregnant women become infected. Through the unsanitary handling of soiled cat litter, people can also contract bacterial infections such as campylobacteriosis, caused by the Campylobacter bacteria. Campylobacteriosis can cause flu-like symptoms, such as a fever, headache, cramps, or diarrhea. Cats can also become infected with Salmonella bacteria, in which case, the resulting salmonellosis can be transmitted to humans. Salmonellosis can cause similar symptoms to those of campylobacteriosis, such as severe diarrhea and cramps. While the chances of contracting any of these infections are rare, self-cleaning cat boxes can minimize human contact with potentially dangerous cat feces. Because of this, they might be a particularly advantageous investment for people with diseases that compromise their immune systems and could cause these minor infections to become life-threatening.
The LitterMaid 980 Multi-Cat Self-Cleaning Litter Box is a tidy and healthy way to contain feline waste. It features motion-detecting sensors and a removable rake. Tall side walls protect your floor from any spray, while the textured exit ramp helps remove any stray residue from the bottom of paws. Designed to accommodate up to two cats, this high-capacity two-cat litter box comes with carbon filters. It make an ideal gift for friends with cats. LitterMaid 980 Multi-Cat Self-Cleaning Litter Box: Designed for up to 2 cats Holds 50% more litter Higher side walls Self-cleaning with a removable rake LitterMaid litter box is easy to use
No more scooping! No more odors! Your cat will never have to step foot through soiled cat litter again. This revolutionary appliance makes cat litter box clean-up fast and easy. The LitterMaid Multi-Cat�Automatic Self-Cleaning litter box rakes away waste and leaves your cat’s litter box clean after each use. Once your cat leaves the LitterMaid Automatic Litter box, sensors are triggered. After 10 minutes, the cleaning cycle starts and the rake clears your cat’s clumps— depositing them in the waste receptacle where waste and odors are sealed away. The LitterMaid Self-Cleaning Litter box is safe to use and operates on a low-voltage AC adapter or 8 AA batteries (not included). This veterinarian recommended box includes 8 catch-all receptacles, 8 Odor Control Charcoal Filters, 1 Scoop and Rake Cleaner, and AC Adapter.