Eliminate Scooping with the Litter Spinner

Wed, Jul 6, 2011

Litter & Hygiene

Here’s a new twist on the litter box. It’s the Litter Spinner, a litter box that you don’t have to scoop (sort of). Kitty enters the large drum to do her business, then instead of scooping, you simply rotate the drum on the base and solids fall into a drawer while the clean litter stays in the drum. Empty the drawer and you’re good to go.

The Litter Spinner doesn’t have a lot of parts and it’s completely manual, no electrical connections required. It’s kind of similar in concept to the Roll’n Clean Litter Box by Omega Paw, but the Litter Spinner sits on a base instead of rolling across the floor.

Here’s a video to help you get a better idea of how it works:

The Litter Spinner can be thoroughly cleaned by rinsing with soapy water. It’s made in the US with recycled materials. Available on Amazon and directly through the Litter Spinner website for $99.

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41 Responses to “Eliminate Scooping with the Litter Spinner”

  1. 1

    looks cool but not sure if my maddie cat will fit in it.

  2. 2

    Anything that doesn’t use electricity is a good thing, IMHO. But actually, it is very important to do this “duty” manually in order to spot anything potentially medically abnormal.

  3. 3

    Saw Jackson Galaxy comment on the Roll n’ Clean, saying why would a cat want to go into a space where they would be surrounded on all sides by waste scent (since rolling the box around distributes the waste all over the container). This looks like it would have the same effect…

  4. 4

    Absolutely brilliant! We’ve been thinking about getting the litter robot version of this, but two of our four cats in our house are skittish and might not deal well with a motorized box.

  5. 5

    This is such a bad idea. This was just illustrated on “My cat from Hell” the other night. Basically you are lining the whole litter box with the smell of the cat’s urine and feces. Who would want to use that?

  6. 6

    Costco carries this product for $99 online

  7. 7

    There was recently an episode of My Cat From Hell on Animal Planet (finally a training show for cats!) where a cat was urinating outside the litter box. The behaviorist thought it was because the owners had a box that you turn to scoop the litter out and thus covered the whole inside of the box with urine, making it unsavory for the cat to use it. When they changed to an open box the cat stopped peeing outside of it.

    It’s all fine and good to have boxes that are convenient to humans, but just make sure that they aren’t a deterrent for the cat. I mean, they’re the ones that have to use them. What if we had to go in a place that had pee on the ceiling? Yuck!

  8. 8

    Pretty Cool, I think I just might like this!!!

  9. 9

    Wouldn’t this move/spin a bit when the cat is in it? Is there a locking position?

  10. 10

    It’s like a manual Litter Robot.

  11. 11

    Ok, I’m sorry but I have to say it is amazing what people try and come up with to make cleaning a litter box more easy than it already is. You can ask most any cat expert and they will tell you that these kind of boxes are really not good. Every time you spin that box you are esentially tracking cat urine all around the inside of the box. Unless you clean and disinfect your litter box everyday, this is a bad process for obvious reasons. I have two cats at home and when they use the litter box their urine will usually soak down to the bottom of the box sometimes and you have to physically use the scoop to remove it. This is another glaring problem with these types of boxes, you just don’t get an effective cleaning. I clean 3 basic high back boxes out in probably less than 3 minutes. Sorry for the rant, I’m sure it is well made and effective for certain people. Just wanted to throw in some information to think about.

  12. 12
    jacqueline munera

    I really don’t like how small and cramped it is for the cat. :( The idea is interesting but I would like to see one that is more spacious for kitty!

  13. 13

    I’ll stick to scooping. It only takes ~2 minutes out of my day to do it.

  14. 14

    Two of my three cats wouldn’t fit inside the drum, and one likes to pee down the side of the box rather than into the liter, so I agree that urine would be all over the inside rather than perfect clumps that sift out.

  15. 15

    While this is attractive & all, I have to agree with everyone about a cat being surrounded by dirty litter smell. Also, is there a lock of sorts to keep it from moving when the cat gets in? It looks like it spins freely. Can’t imagine a cat would be comfortable trying to do his business with the ground moving beneath him. I’ll stick with my big boxes, takes less than a minute to clean in the am & pm, & my world doesn’t turn into a black & white movie when I do it. :)

  16. 16
    J. Crews

    Like a manual Litter-robot. I know what Jackson said on his show, but I have 5 cats. I used to have multiple litter boxes, tried almost everything–even the Breeze system, but still had a couple of cats that would go outside of the boxes. We splurged and purchased ONE Litter-robot, for all 5 cats, and the change is amazing.

    Some cats are finicky, but most animals are not as offended by odors like we are (look at what dogs will happily roll in). Of course you don’t want it to be a strong overpowering odor, but a simple wipe-down with some type of antibacterial, or enzyme wipe, throughout the week, and that helps take care of a large part of the odor on the “roof”. With a spinal cord injury, it’s been such a relief for me to have the LR, and like I said, the cats seem to like it better than all the boxes I had around the house.

    I had a concern at first about the size of this “box”, but after watching the video and seeing it’s length, it should be fine for most cats. Two things though, I would put a “handle” on the front to spin it. Many people might put this in corners or even under tables where you wouldn’t be able to stand over it to roll, this would allow you to easily spin it from the front. The other is cleaning it. I understand the need for a good seal on something like this, but if you could remove the front or back, that would make it easier. I think that would be the thing stopping me from purchasing one, other than some of the concerns stated above.

  17. 17
    mom of two cats

    If I were a cat, I would not want to get into a tight space that smells dirty everywhere. The rotation would literally spread dirty litter in all places. What a bad idea.

  18. 18
    dave i.

    looks ingenious until you start thinking about it.

    is this for tall cats & kitties only?

    imagine an arthritic cat trying to get into this thing…

  19. 19

    Thanks to all who said something about the “My Cat From Hell” episode. Saved me the trouble of explaining things myself. :)

  20. 20

    I don’t understand the need for these elaborate systems. You still have to deal with the icky part at some point. So much cheaper and easier, in my opinion, to just scoop out the box.

  21. 21

    I would not buy this type of litter box for my cats. Like others, I heard the negative reasons on the show My Cat From Hell. Easier for us isn’t always better for the cats. I use very large litter boxes with no tops for my kitties.

  22. 22

    Enclosed litter boxes are awful. The kitty equivalent of outhouses. Would YOU want to have to go into a stinky dark hole barely big enough to move in every time you had to go potty?! Not to mention the dust and germs you’re forcing your cat to breathe in, just to make your life a little easier. Don’t get a cat if you can’t spare 5 minutes twice a day to scoop their OPEN box.

  23. 23

    my cat stephan wouldnt use it as it spins and the whole thing would smell and he doesnt like a dirty box. and my other cat was abused so she wouldnt want to be confined.

  24. 24

    [WARNING] Please don’t waste your hard earned $$$ on the Roll’n Clean Litter Box by Omega Paw or this contraption! Bad, bad, seriously bad designs that waste clean litter in useless drawer removal systems! Just my 2 cents trying to help you save your $$$…

  25. 25

    The reenactment footage of the woman digging around in the litter box all exasperated is pretty hilarious though.

  26. 26
    Els Peeters

    I don’t like the idea of just pooring in some water and detergent and swirling it around a bit to clean the litter box. What with the dirt that sticks on the sides? I really don’t think that a bit of swirling will thoroughly clean the spinner. It should have easier acces for a good scrub.

  27. 27

    I read this and came right over to talk about how Jackson Galaxy was very down on this kind of litter box–only to find so many of you had beaten me to it!

    I love the internets. And cat people. And the intersection thereof. :)

  28. 28

    I have 4 indoor babies. one of which is a 25 lb male maine coon. I can just see Jamie trying to fit his booty into that little hole..lol. I have 4 boxes that I scoop twice a day, no biggie. The cats have no issues with the boxes and you will never ever “smell cat” in my house. If you are gonna be a “cat person” then deal with the upkeep. Their comfort is uppermost for me.

  29. 29

    J. Crews, #16 Once again, dogs are not cats. Cats are not dogs. Glad the Robo litter thing worked for your cats, but most cats won’t go into a confined space which stinks of their own urine and feces.

  30. 30

    I love the litter spinner. My cats like it, too, even my big cat (14lb). Much better than the rolling litter box because it has no seams that can leak dry litter all over my floor. People are amazed that there are no odors.

    I use Dr.Elsey’s My Precious Cat litter and it’s the only one I will buy…no dust, clumps perfectly. I buy it at Pet Smart, wish other stores would sell it!

  31. 31
    Jeffrey McCabe

    Hi, I’m the Director of Sales for the Litter Spinner. I would like to address some of the questions raised in the comments.
    The Litter Spinner will accommodate most cats and also multi-cat households. Super large cats may have to wait for our next model.
    Cat’s love the privacy of the covered litter box feature.
    We have not had any cat owners say that their cat rejected the Litter Spinner due to odor on the walls. Each time you spin the Litter Spinner, all of the litter slides along the wall, collecting any urine and fecal matter before passing through the filter. This process ensures an extremely clean box and litter.
    The unit does not spin with the cat in it. The weight of both the litter and design of the box prevent this.
    Checking the litter for potential medical problems is easier with the Litter Spinner than a regular litter box. All of the waste matter will be in the filter drawer after one revolution. Before dumping the contents of the filter drawer you will be able to see any problems.
    For those of you that don’t believe that you cat will use the Litter Spinner, we ask that you give the Litter Spinner a try, we have had raving reviews from cat owners. We offer a money back guarantee as we want every cat and owner to be satisfied,
    Thank you for your interest in the Litter Spinner.

  32. 32

    I would just use a natural odor eliminator on the walls of the litter box if smell is an issue. Personally, I use Pure Ayre since it’s all natural. I wouldn’t want my kitty inhaling fumes from chemical odor removers.

  33. 33

    Thank you for addressing the concerns with more information. It seems like it would be worth a try to see if my 4 cats like it.
    I think they would.

  34. 34

    If you use a roll away litter box properly, all will be fine and clean.

    [*]Follow the correct rolling instructions
    [*]Use clay-based clumping cat litter

  35. 35
    E. White

    I just wanted to say to everyone who is using the episode of, My cat from Hell,” episode, I think we need to remember all kitties are different and I have 5 and they use our litter robot all the time and don’t have any problem using it. I think this one would be just as acceptable to kitties who use these kinds of litter boxes. I’m thinking about trying it..

  36. 36
    paul summers

    For the record, We have tried many boxes for years. My wife bought this ($99 at Petsmart) and it works great for our three cats (7 lbs, 11 lbs and 18 lbs) they all use it. Cleans easy and we have much less odor. We have had few clumps stick, but they even provided a tool to dislodge clump. Great purchase. This has the approximately same size opening as Omega box

  37. 37
    david Steppe

    My name is David. I am blind. I rescue cats and cleaning the litter has been a very difficult challenge and expense for me. I am actually using the Litter Spinner for my cats and it works great. With one spin (9 bumps) all of my letter is sifted in 15 seconds. I have much less odor and my litter lasts longer.

    Not sure if the skeptics have actually used it, but i have proof it works.

    Here is youtube video.


  38. 38

    I have a VERY finicky cat that is very testy with change. After a day of inspecting it Bootsie took to it and uses it all the time. It cleans so throughly inclunding very small clumps I might have missed leading to fresher litter! There is no smell, less dust and tracking. I’m convinced on litter spinner and even more important Bootsie was convinced – that says alot!

  39. 39
    Debra Murphy

    Yes I would like to win Litter Spinner.

  40. 40

    Yes, I would love to win an extra Litter Spinner. I had just bought two Litter Spinners about a month and-a-half ago. I was leary about the cats using it. I was having problems with either missing edge of the box and had a huge mess to clean up about 2-3 times a day. I would also get the pee totally right outside the box (even though there was new litter. I went through so many boxes with slight changes in their litter to figure out what was wrong. I also found out that one of my cats who was old and sick starting peeing all over the carpeting. Now that is one big mess to clean up. Anyways, after using so many different boxes, covered & uncovered, electrical, you name it, The Litter Spinner has worked the best for me. The proof is the pudding. I have not have one more accident outside, nor has there been an issue of a lot of boxes where urine can creep out between an edge and make a mess, seeping here and there. Yeah, there is a little tracking of litter, but you can always buy a mat for that, or just keep a brook handy. It’s easy to put together. You don’t use a ton on litter. The only thing that I would recommend is buying small garbage bags so you can use them to drop the tray of waste into. Just your regular old grocery store ones aren’t quite as deep. I also bought disposable gloves while a spin, take tray out and dump out the remains, pop it back it. Take the gloves off and go to the next box. Repeat. It’s a good box. Don’t you find it a little bit interesting that since my cats are using this box, there has been NOT 1 PROBLEM. Oh, well, I had to speak my mind. Give it a try. I think you’ll like it:)

  41. 41

    I had very high hopes when I recently purchased our Litter Spinner. Unfortunately, it is quite small, and my large cats were unable to use it. I was very disappointed. Even worse, however, is when I learned that the company doesn’t have a money back guarantee. BUYERS BEWARE!! Even though the post above by the director of sales, Jeffrey McCabe, says they have a money back guarantee, when I contacted them the very next day after receiving my Litter Spinner, they would not accept it back unless it was still new and in the box. I’m not sure how to tell it will work with out trying it out, but apparently that isn’t allowed–at least not if you want to be able to return it. So, do not purchase the Litter Spinner unless you are very sure that you want it and don’t care if your cats can’t or won’t use it, because you won’t be able to get your money back. They do not abide by their claims of customer satisfaction.

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