Animal Wellness automatic litter box. They eliminate the need to scoop waste and they help keep a home free of odors. But they’re not without their drawbacks. Some are loud, some require regular maintenance and all of them have a larger footprint than traditional litter boxes.
Why do vets not recommend closed litter boxes?
Ultimately, it’s important to choose the right model for your cat and your household. You’ll want to consider the size of the opening and waste drawer, as well as the frequency with which you plan to empty it. It’s also wise to try out a cheaper hooded litter box (or even a DIY cover) before investing in an expensive automatic box, so your cat can get used to the concept of covering their elimination.
Many cats have difficulty using their new self-cleaning litter box, and some don’t use it at all. It’s important to try to resolve these issues quickly. If a cat stops eliminating in her box, she may develop a strong preference for a particular surface or location for elimination, which can lead to fecal contamination of the home.
Whisker’s newest self-cleaning litter box is the quietest we tested and can be set to start a cleaning cycle from anywhere from 6 seconds to 20 minutes after your cat exits. It’s compatible with the Litter-Robot app and can differentiate between multiple cats in a multi-cat household, based on weight. It’s also compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant voice controls. It has relatively high ramps for easier access and uses Catit Design SmartSift biodegradable litter liner bags, which are more eco-friendly than the standard liners.