At long last, I’ve finally had a chance to personally review the Litter-Robot, and I am pleased to say that I am honestly blown away by how great this thing is. Seriously, when I first wrote about the Litter-Robot, I had seen it being demonstrated at a trade show and thought it was truly innovative technology. The inventor of the Litter-Robot really re-thought how automatic, self-cleaning litter boxes work. The Litter-Robot uses a completely different mechanism from the usual “raking” action found in other automatic litter boxes. The rotating globe efficiently and effectively removes clumps, and deposits them into the drawer at the bottom of the unit, making clean up incredibly easy. For more details on exactly how the Litter-Robot works, please read the original post, or view the product demo on the Litter-Robot website.
As for my personal experience with the Litter-Robot, here are my findings:
The Litter-Robot is very easy to set-up, no assembly required, just take it out of the box and plug it in.
At first, I was worried that my cats would not use the Litter-Robot. It comes with tips on how to get your cat to stop using their old box and start using the Litter-Robot. The instructions tell you to stop cleaning the old box to encourage the cats to use the Litter-Robot instead. Since I have several cats, I couldn’t make the Litter-Robot my only box, so I thought they might avoid it because it was new and different. It only took about a day and all of a sudden, there was a deposit in the drawer! It has actually been quite popular, I suppose because it’s always clean.
The Litter-Robot must be used with clumping litter, and since I only use natural litter, I was concerned that it might not clump well enough, but I loaded it up with World’s Best Cat Litter and it has worked like a charm.
The other big concern was safety, but the safety mechanism works beautifully, stopping the unit immediately if a curious beast tries to investigate while the unit is in motion. They do find it interesting to watch as it rotates, this strange mechanical creature inhabiting their living room.
I tested the Litter-Robot on both hard floors and on soft carpeting. The instructions say that you do have to adjust the sensitivity of the unit when using it on a soft surface, and this is definitely true. If you do not adjust it, the sensor will not trigger when the cat leaves the box, but it is quite easy to adjust and the instructions tell you exactly how to do it.
They say that the Litter-Robot works for cats up to 15 lbs. and my over-sized beast, Ando, who weighs-in at 15 lbs., has no trouble using the Litter-Robot, although he has a funny habit of going into the box, turning around, and poking his head and shoulders out the door while he goes about his business. It’s quite entertaining and I wish I could get a photo of it for you. [UPDATE: Check out the photo of Ando in the Litter-Robot!]
So, in conclusion, the Litter-Robot is an excellent investment if you are looking for a high-quality, self-cleaning litter box. If you have multiple cats, this will make your life a bit easier, but I’m not sure you will be able to replace multiple boxes with just one Litter-Robot. But if you have one or two cats, the Litter-Robot could quite possibly change your life. Not to mention how happy it will make your cat!
The Litter-Robot comes in black or beige. Available at Amazon.