(Closed) Self cleaning litter box?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@bakerella: I had a litter maid box years ago. It was great while it lasted.

Sadly, my kitty liked to pee right on the mechanical parts of the machine. So it broke in less than 6 months time. 🙁

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

@bakerella: I have 2 fairly small cats. My Fiance and I ended up buying a Littermaid “Elite” (I think it was this model) and I can’t say enough good things about it. We’ve had it for just under a year and it has basically saved my sanity. One of my cats, Zulu, would pee outside the litter box if the litter wasn’t clean to his liking and having two cats it was hard to keep it that clean.

The Littermaid completely fixed the issue. We had tried everything we could think of before that, CatAttract Litter, organic litter, pheremones, “Dumb Cat” spray…. everything. It was kind of a last ditch effort and it has saved me sanity and my carpets. And it makes things so much easier! Less smell, only having to clean it twice a week or so. I would love to get a CatGenie, but it needs a water hookup and we can’t do that in an apartment.

The Littermaid is a bit expensive to purchase and the trays add a couple of bucks to our cat budget, but really, for me at least, totally worth it! We use Arm and Hammer Multi-Cat litter with it, so don’t think you need to get a special litter to use with it.

Edit: They don’t have lids, persay, but they sell canopy addons. We didn’t get one because out cats aren’t a fan of the enclosed box.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@bakerella: yeah thats right where my munchkin would go.  I’m sure they have improved greatly over the years.  I had a littermaid about 10 years ago.

OH GOD I’m old. 🙁

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

@bakerella: It’s definitely been okay for two for us, you just have to empty the trays more often than you would with one cat. If you clean it frequently enough (so the waste is not piled higher than the top of the tray) the lid just snaps on and you throw out box.

These are what the trays look like.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I had a littermate elite…fail.  My cat has water issues. She over indulges in water, which results in massive amounts of urine. The self cleaning box could not keep up with her, even though I was consistantly empying the tray every day.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You should definitely check out citi kitty!  Our cat is now TOILET TRAINED!  It is kinda hilarious and weird at first, but holy cow, I really, REALLY hated cleaning the litter box.  It worked like a dream.  Totally worth it, totally awesome.

http://www.citikitty.com/

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

http://www.catgenie.com/about-catgenie 

My husband hooked one of these up for a customer of his yesterday.  He said the next cat we have WILL have this.  It goes in the laundry room and uses the water hook-ups and the drain for your washer to get rid of the cat pee and poop.  I didn’t understand exactly everything he was saying- but basically it does not use real kitty litter it uses pebbles that get washed and dried after the cat has used to box .  The poop gets “taken away” and the pee is drained out.  He spent a good 20 minutes telling me all about this cat toilet and how it is absolutely amazing!  Also very expensive!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Omg, I want to toilet train my kitten.

My mom knows someone with a cat genie and they love it so much, in fact they are in the process of building a new house and are making a “cat bathroom”

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Anewmommatobe: NOOO I cannot say enough HORRIBLE things about the CatGenie! Please dont be sucked into their amazingness!  We saw an infomercial for it 2 years ago while we were on vacation. We ordered it as soon as we got home. It cost almost $400. We were SOOO excited when it came and thought we would never have to worry about litter ever again. Oh boy were we wrong. At first it was great. For a few months there we really didn’t have to do anything. Then it started to malfunction. Husband called the company and they told him to clean it. He said cleaning it was WAY worse than ever cleaning a litter box. Additionally, that unit broke. So they had to send us another one. That unit broke as well and sent another. After the 3rd unit and tons of time cleaning and trying to get the damn thing actually working, it just stopped working. It was a piece of shit. We left it on the curb when we were moving.

We had also told DHs uncle about it while it was actually working for us. He got it and had the same problems with it. He actually got so mad about it he said he took a baseball bat to it because the damn thing was terrible!

I have heard a lot of good things about Citi Kitty and we do want to try it!

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper

@PooreGirl37: Are you sure it wasn’t just the cat litter you used? As I mentioned I have two cats and it keeps up with them amazingly well! We use Arm and Hammer Multi-Cat.

@PitBulLover: Oh no! 🙁 I really wanted to get one of those once my Fiance and I got a house. We can’t hook it up in our apartment right now, but I had heard really good things about the Cat Genie!

@nkwilson2: My Fiance and I looked into CitiKitty but most of the reviews were how much extra work it was because the cats always missed and made a mess.

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