I’ve had my Smart Cat Box in use for about a week now and I’m happy to report that I am very pleased with it. There were several questions from readers, so I will try to address as many as I can.
First, they have been using it! At least Flora has. I’ve seen her several times, but she has only been peeing in it. The reservoir is incredibly easy to empty and very stable when moving it to the toilet. I do have mine set-up right next to the toilet, so that makes it easier, but the container is sealed quite well with a lid that has a pour spout at one corner. Just pour through the spout and you’re good. I haven’t really noticed much odor, but I’ve been emptying it right away because I’m so excited every time she uses it. I have to say, if I needed to test the urine (and could isolate exactly whose urine I had) this would be a godsend! It would make it incredibly easy and sanitary.
NEWS FLASH! Sophie, my senior floor-peer, just used the Smart Cat Box last night! Up until now she has just been peeing on the bath mat right next to the box, but last night I heard someone in there and I couldn’t believe my eyes, it was Sophie! She peed and then hopped out and went to the kitchen for a bite to eat. Five minutes later she came back a pooed in the Smart Cat Box — the first one! Yea Sophie!
Some people asked about how well the safflower seed litter covers solids and conceals odor. I’d have to say probably no better or worse than any other natural litter. If you scoop right away and use some Odorzout it helps. But not having to dig around, breaking up the clumps of pee and making a horrible mess like with other litters, that is a huge improvement! Separating solid from liquid is a great idea.
Does the seed litter track? Yes, a fair amount. It seems to get stuck in their toes but they don’t get very far with it and if you step on it, it doesn’t hurt nearly as much as stepping on the pine pellets.
Since I’ve only had it in use for a week, I haven’t yet had to worry about extensive cleaning, but the instructions say, to refresh the seeds, spray lightly with Clorox Anywhere (apparently it has a small amount of bleach and is considered non-toxic) and allow to dry. For more extensive cleaning, remove the litter, clean and dry the box thoroughly, then replace the seeds. Apparently, one 5 lb bag of seed litter can last weeks or months, depending on how many cats are using the box. You really only loose a few seeds each time you scoop, if the solids are well-formed, because the seeds do not really stick to the solids.
The winner of the Smat Cat Box giveaway will be announced later today, so stay tuned!