Automatic Litter Box

by Emily McBride
(last updated July 26, 2010)

Cats can be nice pets to have, but no one likes to clean the litter box. Fortunately, you have options. For example, there are different types of litter available. Clay, sand, and crystals are all common litter materials. Crystal litter is made of silica gel and is known for absorbing odors. Also, crystal litter does not need to be replenished.

Besides choosing the type of litter, you have more options for the kind of litter box you have. You can stick with the traditional litter box, which needs to be cleaned, scooped, and replenished—not a very pleasant chore. Or, you can consider purchasing an automatic litter box. These are a bit more expensive, but they may be well worth the extra cost. With an automatic litter box, you only have to replace the litter about once every month.

One way that automatic litter boxes work is by having an automatic rake with a sensor. After your cat has used the litter box, the rake sweeps the waste out of the litter and into a compartment. This compartment is easily detachable to make throwing the waste out mess-free. The sensor prevents the rake from moving if the cat is in the litter box.

Newer models of litter boxes are frequently released. One of these newer models is built as an enclosed sphere. For this kind of litter box, the cat climbs inside and the waste is caught in a trash bag at the bottom. The trash bags are nice because they are easily removable and replaceable. Another model uses the home plumbing system to wash the litter after the cat has used it.

If you are looking into buying an automatic litter box, try to buy one that comes with a waranty. Many people have complained that the motors on their automatic litter boxes have burnt out, making the litter box no longer automatic. Another potential problem is the rake becoming jammed or clogged. Some rakes constantly need to be cleaned off—not an enjoyable chore. These problems are things to consider, especially if your cat has larger feces.

Many automatic litter boxes also get rid of odors. Other unique features are available depending on the brand. There are many different brands and pricings for automatic litter boxes. Shop around at your local pet store or online to find the best litter box for you at the lowest price.

Author Bio

Emily McBride

A senior majoring in English and editing at BYU, Emily hopes to enter the field of professional editing upon graduation. Emily has done humanitarian work in Africa and studied in London. She enjoys blogging, foreign films, and playing the piano. ...


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