Smart Cat Litter Boxes Keep Your Home Clean
Cats are tremendous pets. They are loyal, they are friendly and they provide hours of entertainment. There’s really only one negative to owning a cat. That’s waste disposal. For decades, cats have required litter boxes to take care of their business. However, since it’s not an outdoor garden, it’s not going to decompose. Owners need to clean the litter boxes.
The good news is that other pet owners have noted the issues and automatic and smart litter boxes have been invented to try and reduce the amount of tedious litter cleaning that people have to do. Litter itself has become better. It went from simple gravel to clumping mixtures. Then deodorizers were added to keep the smell from leaving the area. Finally, the litter boxes themselves have matched up. But how do they work? What kind of smart litter box is right for your home? Keep reading for ideas!
What’s a Smart Litter Box?
Smart litter boxes essentially try to take most of the work cleaning up after your cat away. Typically they boil down to a few simple ideas. The first is to help avoid humans having to directly touch the litter. There are a variety of filtering systems which allow this to occur. The second is to reduce the smell coming from a litter box. While cats keep themselves relatively clean, there’s always a distinct odor around a litter box. Smart litter boxes can reduce this issue. The final goal is to avoid wasting litter. Manually cleaning litter can result in a lot of it being wasted. By filtering and cleaning, the minimum amount is used, saving some money!
Most smart litter boxes use mechanical rakes of some kind to filter through the litter. By necessity, this means that clumping cat litter must be used in order to get all of the waste produced. While clumping cat litter is more expensive, it’s certainly more convenient as well.
Popular Brands of Smart Cat Litter Boxes
There are many different smart litter boxes that might be chosen. Prices range from around $100 to $500 for a top of the line option with extra convenience. Some of the best options include:
- Litter-Robot III Open Air - Quite simply, this is the most expensive and the most impressive cat litter box on the market. Instead of using a rake, the litter box is spherical and the entire system turns to filter out waste. The waste is immediately stored in a bag hidden inside the machine. Once filled, take the bag out and put a new bag in. Carbon filters sit near the waste, so any extra odor is all absorbed. It’s also self cleaning. At night, a night light will come on to help a cat find where it’s headed. It’s an impressive piece of engineering work.
- ScoopFree Self-Cleaning Box - This litter box works on a timer and will run a rake through the crystallized litter on your schedule. It will be deposited into a covered waste trap. Unlike some brands, it’s rather quiet. Odor control is excellent and the tray can easily be changed every 1-2 weeks.
- CatGenie Self Washing, Self Flushing - You read that name right. The Cat Genie actually flushes and sanitizes the litter after each use. That’s because it uses washable granules instead of conventional litter. Unlike others, it does need to be hooked up to water services. It will clean the granules and flush waste after use. The one downside is that it can be somewhat noisy.
- PetSafe Simply Clean Continuous-Clean - This litter box works with slow rotation and filtering. It sets up, then moves in a circular path. Any waste is caught and pushed into the bucket. It does not use heavy power either. The downside is that truly obese cats can’t really use it. There’s a maximum size of 15 lbs. But hopefully that won’t be an issue.