retraining cat to use litter robot
My littermaid just stopped working today. There was no indication of what was wrong. We tried to do some trouble shooting using the instruction manual. Zilch.
So I called the nice people at Petsmart and they offered me an exchange. Which for now, I'm gonna go for on the hopes that this was a fluke and I randomly ended up with the bad egg. Yeah, I know...it's gotten a lot of bad reviews, but I thought I was one of the few that lucked out because it honestly hasn't given me one speck of trouble since I first purchased it and has really made a difference in terms of mess (much less), smell (greatly reduced) and work (only need to do a quick sifting once a day for stray clumps). If this new one suddenly stops working, then that's it. I will figure out a way to get my money back and I'm considering getting a litter robot.
The only thing is, I'm wondering how Velvet will take to it. Judging by it's dimensions, I'm going to have to figure out a new location for it since I doubt it will fit where I have the litter maid. Not only will there be a change in location, but it's a completely different shape and probably requires him hopping into it rather than walking up the ramp into the littermaid. I'm trying to figure out what I will need to do in order to get him used to a new "box" and a new place for it.
He had no problem transitioning from the litter box he used (my friend's back yard) when he was a stray to using the littermaid. I just put him inside the litterbox, he sniffed, pawed the litter and right away "went to work." And that was the training session...took all of 5 seconds and never a problem since. I'm not so sure transitioning to yet another contraption will be as smooth.
Any thoughts on the matter will be appreciated.