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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-24-2004, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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self cleaning litter boxes

hey guys...i was thinking about getting an automatic litter box. i, as most everyone i know HATE cleaning it out. and my dog eats the cat poop YUCK!!!!
so, do any of you have any recommendations on the type i should get? i have read about ones that collect the waste in a plastic bin and some that collect it in bags - which is better? they're kinda expensive so any guidance is much appreciated!!!
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-24-2004, 10:55 AM
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I've heard the Litter Robot is a good choice, and I know members here have the Litter Maid. Personally, my one cat was so freaked out by the Litter Maid, we couldn't use it. He did his business outside the box for months afterward!

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http://www.litter-robot.com/

http://www.littermaid.com

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I use the Litter Maid. I haven't tried any of the others, but I have been well satisfied with the Litter Maid. I would recommend the Mega Size.




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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-24-2004, 06:39 PM
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I have a mega size littermaid for my two kittens... and they use it just fine.

If your dog eats the cat poop though, I'd probably recommend getting an automatic litter box that has a cover so s/he can't get in (if s/he is a big dog).
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I have two Litter mates, one regular size and the bigger size. It did take my cats a while to get use to them, the noise scared them for awhile but I did like the instructions said and didn't clean their other cat boxes at all. Finally after about a week of hearing the noise they decided it wasn't so bad. But then every time it would go off, they would all run in to watch it work. Finally the newness wore off and now they just ignore them completely. I do have a sticking problem occasionally but I think that is when the litter starts getting a little older and the cat litter starts running low. Other then that I love it. I only completely take it apart to clean it about once a month. Before we had 5 cats boxes and had to completely clean them once a week--that took over an hour to do, even with my husbands help.
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I have a littermaid, but I don't really like it. There is only one cat using it, and it gets stuck pretty often. My favorite litter boxes are these disposable ones that we got. They are made of egg carton material or something, and once a month I throw them out instead of having to clean a litterbox, which is great, because that is something that I REALLY hate doing. It's a great box too, never absorbs any odors, and never smells, unlike the littermaid. I just dump all the litter out every couple of days, toss the box once a month, and it really keeps the cat box cleaning to a minimum.
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Where do you get those?
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Yeah, Juli, I'd like to know where those disposable boxes are available, too!

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You can get the litter maids at like Wal Mart for about $90 to $100. I had one and had to get rid of it, because it freaked my cats out and always got stuck, though that was when they first came out, so maybe they made them with more power, that is what it needed to have a little bit more power behind the scooper, I think. When it worked though it was a lot better then cleaning it everyday. All you would have to do is dumb the little plastic container, which was a lot easier than cleaning the whole thing. If you do purchase one good luck with it.
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Bad Experiences with Littermaid

Hello,

First time poster, and it's on a negative! But I wanted to say my piece and maybe save someone the trouble I had...

I adopted my kitty, Kiera, in Feburary from a shelter, and since this was my first time with any kind of pet that isn't confined to a box of water, and I'm a really clean person, I was all worried about how having a litterbox would affect my cleanliness requirements. So I bought the Littermaid (regular size).

My kitten had no problem using it, and seemed interested when ti went off. However, after no more than a month or so, it broke! I was not home at the time, and a friend of mine was coming to feed Kiera for me, and she heard the noise going - it was stuck and kept going for god knows how long! The "rake" eventually just broke off. I figured maybe it was just a bad model, and went to exchange it for a new one. Petsmart took it back no problem.

But the second one lasted no more than a week or two! The rake keept going off the track. I finally got fed up and do the old-fashioned scooping. Thankfully, Kiera is a very clean kitty, and I haven't had any kinds of problems, not even shedding!

She is a gorgeous grey-tabby, you can see a few of my pictures on my old webpage (the re-design is not up-to-date on photos yet)

http://www.violina23.com/old/photos/kie ... /main.html

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