Automatic Litter Box

by Emily McBride
(last updated May 21, 2018)

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. ...

MORE FROM EMILY

Recognizing Signs of Osteoporosis

No one wants osteoporosis—fragile, brittle bones. Read on for how to recognize if you are developing osteoporosis.

Discover More

Leather Sofa Cleaning

Treat your leather sofas right with occasional gentle cleaning. Other measures may need to be taken if your sofas have ...

Discover More

Electrolysis Hair Removal

Are you tired of shaving your legs or plucking your eyebrows? Electrolysis hair removal produces lasting results.

Discover More

Keep Your Hardwood Floors Like New Bona's hardwood floor cleaner is the #1 choice of professionals. The no-residue formula is specially designed to be safe for floors, families, and the environment. Check out Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner Refill today!

More Cleaning Tips

Cat Washing

Is your cat extra dirty? Cats don't like water, so it will take some extra tips and practice to get your cat looking good ...

Discover More

Remove Cat Urine Stains

Unfortunately, even trained cats have accidents sometimes. Get the urine out of various surfaces with these methods.

Discover More

Cleaning Cat Litter

Cats make clean pets, but if their litter is left too long without being cleaned it can start to smell. Remember to clean ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is six more than 6?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.