There is no doubt about it, changing cat litter and cleaning out the litter box is a chore that no-one really enjoys. It has to be done to keep your house free of germs, and it makes the litter box much more appealing for the cat but it is never a very appealing prospect at any time of the day!
One way to take much of the hassle out of changing cat litter is to use a self cleaning litter box. These devices make cleaning up after your cat much easier, and can also provide a comfortable environment for your pet.
Benefits of a self cleaning litter box
Self cleaning litter boxes have developed a lot over the last few years, so the best models are now quiet, efficient and are designed to blend in nicely with your home.
Self cleaning litter boxes are healthy and more hygienic as the litter is hidden out of sight and disposed of very quickly. This means there are fewer unpleasant odours, and the waste is not lying around for small children or other animals to investigate.
Saves time and money
Although some cleaning and maintenance will still be necessary, the best self cleaning litter boxes are now so efficient that you will most likely find you end up using less litter than with a normal tray. You will also spend less time scooping used litter into bags.
Privacy for your cat
Many self cleaning litter boxes are designed with a hood, or cover so this provides a private place and a homely environment for your cat. Many boxes are also nicely designed to blend in with your home.
They come in all shapes and sizes, so we have reviewed some of the most popular models below to help you with your choice of the best self cleaning litter box.
PetSafe ScoopFree Ultra Self-Cleaning Litter Box
The ScoopFree Ultra is one of the best rated self cleaning litter boxes available, using advanced technology to help dispose of the waste.
The litter box includes sensors that can tell when the cat has used the litter tray, and 20 minutes after the cat leaves the tray the automatic rake system will sweep the waste into a covered compartment that can then be disposed of.
It uses special crystal litter in a disposable tray, and the 20 minute delay means that the waste will dry out before the rake system kicks into action. It dehydrates and shrinks solid waste, and you will not have to use scoops or handle the waste at all.
The crystal litter is low tracking and uses less litter than a standard tray, however you will need to replace the tray every few weeks (which can get expensive).
This is a fantastic self cleaning litter box with a quiet but efficient motor, and the Ultra version also includes a special hood for privacy for the cat.
OurPets Smart Scoop Litter Box
The SmartScoop Litter box also uses an automatic raking system which disposes of the litter 15 minutes after the cat has finished using the box.
This means it is easy to dispose of the waste, with a No-Touch waste bag so you don’t need to touch the soiled litter before throwing it away. This also helps to reduce odours from the waste.
The SmartScoop Litter Box is very flexible and can be used with any clumping litter, and it also does not need replacement trays this means it will be cheaper to maintain than the PetSafe Litter Box.
The product is equipped with enough carbon filters and waste bags to last for the first few months, and a litter catching mat is also included.
There are various other automatic litter boxes available such as the popular Cat Genie, which uses litter-like washable granules and automatically flushes waste and cleans itself almost like a normal toilet.
Before making your purchase you will need to be sure that your cat will adapt to a self cleaning litter box, as well as ensuring you are making the best choice for your budget and general lifestyle.