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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-25-2008, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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Help with Automatic Litter Box

My girlfriend's parents' cat was euthanized recently (very old age and consequent deteriorating health), so they had her ask me if I wanted their litter box, which is one of those automatic cleaning models. Of course I said yes.

Anyhow, this past weekend I set it up and the noise made Sable (my cat) nervous. It took her all weekend to get adjusted to it. Monday before I left for work I saw her tinkle in it, which was good, but I hadn't seen her poop in it yet. Tonight she took a dump on the floor next to it, after meowing loudly to get my attention. I was so mad, and I'm still mad; making a call to the violin factory sounds real good right about now. What can I do to get her to deposit her tootsie rolls in the litter box where they belong?
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-25-2008, 09:37 PM
 
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I thought they had sensors. Mine did. Since I have four inside, I no longer use one.
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-26-2008, 12:06 PM
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Don't be mad -- she's just telling you the only way she can that the new litter box is scary. (I don't blame her -- it surprised me no end when my former housemate's cat took to the Littermaid right away. If I were a cat I wouldn't get in it.)

I have no suggestions except patience and the possibility you may just have to go back to your old litterbox. Also, apparently some cats like peeing and pooping in seperate boxes -- another possibility.
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I had one of those automatic ones and hated it. If the whole point is to save you from having to scoop every day . . . well, scooping that bag after 2 days of use was no picnic either. If I were you, knowing your kitty probably isn't crazy about the thing, I think I'd pitch it or give it away.


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Update: Sable pooped in the litterbox for the first time today! My girlfriend suggested I turn it off, and it seemed to work. Now I turn it on once a day, usually when I get home from work, and things seem to be fine.
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-27-2008, 11:17 PM
 
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That's a good idea. Maybe have it on for just a little while every day or so and let her get used to the sound.
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-27-2008, 11:27 PM
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Some people plug them into a timer. Since they rake once when powered on (assuming the coast is clear), all you have to do is set the timer to turn on once a day for about a half an hour (in case it can't rake right away because it is occupied).

Then you don't have to remember to turn it on daily.
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