For your daughter’s 12th birthday, all she wanted was a cat. She had been asking for years, and you finally decided she was old enough to take on the responsibility. You made it clear that she would have to make sure the cat had food, water, and a clean litter box. She hastily agreed, of course, promising that she would take care of it. After a few weeks, though, it’s clear that you are going to have to take over cleaning the litter box. Your daughter either forgets, has school and activities, or doesn’t actually clean it as often as it really needs cleaned. And let’s be honest, your child doesn’t notice that the dishes need done daily, why would she notice that the litter box needs cleaned daily as well?
You’re tired of your house smelling of cat urine, but you really don’t want to be the one taking over the scooping. Sound familiar? Having your children care for “their” animals can, may times, be more work than caring for them yourself. Take a little bit of the workload off, and consider investing in a self cleaning litter box that will make cleaning much simpler for you and your family.
Why Get a Self Cleaning Litter Box?
While there are many reasons to invest in an automatic self cleaning litter box, let’s just focus on two of them. First, let’s talk about the dust and ammonia issues. Many people have had problems, while cleaning their litter boxes, with the dust that flies around during cleaning as well as the strong odor of ammonia that results from cat urine, whether as they clean or when the litter box does not get cleaned often enough. The ammonia itself has actually been known to cause respiratory issues. For people with health issues, allergies, and those who are sick, cleaning the cat’s litter box can actually be more damaging to their health. This is a huge reason why some choose to switch over to a self cleaning litter box.
Secondly, let’s talk about money. “But self cleaning litter boxes are so expensive!” Well, this would be a correct statement, at first. Starting off, the cost of an automatic self cleaning cat litter box is usually much more, as much as hundreds of dollars more, than when you start off with a regular litter box and a bag of cat litter. Over time, though, you will see that your investment has truly paid off. You will generally spend much less on cat litter, as many self cleaning litter boxes even use other materials like crystals, granules, and other types of “litter” material that doesn’t even need replaced. And when you’re only disposing of a bag or box of concealed waste every week to a month, and the odors are totally gone, you will see that your investment did in fact pay off in more ways than one.
What Makes the Our Pet’s SmartScoop Automatic Cat Litter Box a Great Choice?
This is the type of litter box that people generally think of in their head when they hear “self cleaning litter box”, as opposed to more robotic, futuristic ones or ones that clean and sanitize themselves. The SmartScoop Automatic Cat Litter Box gets rid of odor, the need for scooping away your cat’s waste, and even has a sensor that activates the cleaning cycle once your cat leaves the box. Once your cat leaves, a 15 minute times will start. During this time, your cat’s waste will go through the clumping process. Once that times is up, a rake moves from one end towards the other, raking away the clumped waste into a tray that conceals the waste and odor. The rake now moves back to the original position, and the cleaning is over. Very simple and straightforward. The waste, when raked away, is deposited into No-Touch Waste Bags, which are recommended to remove, toss, and replace about once a week, and the activated carbon filter once a month in a one cat home. For more cats, the recommend more than once a week, of course. You can also use your own cat litter, so long as it is clumping litter. There is no need to use special crystals, granules, or litter other than making sure the litter clumps.
- You can use your own (clumping) litter.
- Sensor activated cleaning cycle.
- Comes with 24 No-Touch Waste bags and 6 activated carbon filters.
- Easy and simple setup – simply plug it in.
- Great for first time self cleaning litter box users – no super fancy instructions or features. Very simple and clear.
- Good price, less than $150, which is amazing for a self cleaning litter box.
- 2 year warranty.
- Waste needs to be manually removed, in the bag, once a week instead of daily scooping.
- You will still need to buy cat litter and replace it as you run low.
- A con as well as a pro, there are no fancy features. If you want more control, more power, and more features – this “starter” self cleaning litter box is not for you.
- Most negative reviews complained of the rake not making it to the other end while cleaning, and a few complained of the motor giving out.
- You have to remove the bags as often as a week or less, as opposed to some that can go a month or more without needing any manual attention.
If you are just starting to dip your toes into the world of automatic self cleaning litter boxes, the Our Pets SmartScoop Self Cleaning Cat Litter Box may be the perfect “starter” self cleaning litter box for your home. Very simple and straightforward, this litter box rakes away the waste and odor into a No-Touch bag for removal that only has to be done about once a week (in a one cat home.) No need for manual scooping, the litter box will start cleaning itself 15 minutes after your cat leave the litter box. Get your time and sanity back with help from this self cleaning litter box, which will help maintain a mess and odor free cat home.