As most of you know, I have two furbabies that I love like my own children. My cats, Ellie and Binx, are both quite spoiled so naturally they will each be getting a Christmas present this year! This year I am skipping the catnip, and heading straight for the Litter Robot! The Litter Robot is a self-cleaning litter box that separates waste from clean litter, and deposits the clumps into a waste drawer for easy disposal! Having two cats is such a hassle because I have to scoop litter twice a day! As a working mom, scooping that much is super time consuming! The Litter Robot self-cleans after each use which greatly reduces litter box odor. I couldn’t wait to get this bad boy in the mail so that I could start setting it up!
Litter Robot comes completely assembled, so all I had to do was fill it up and plug it in. Since the Litter Robot is so high-tech, it is much bigger and bulkier than a standard litter box. The Litter Robot came with an AC Adapter, an instruction manual, three drawer liners, and a carbon filter. I did have to find a new location in my home that was near an outlet, however that wasn’t a difficult task. The plug-in for the AC adapter was located on the back of the unit, so all I had to do was plug it in and turn it on. Set up for the Litter Robot was self-explanatory. There is a fill line on the inside of the robot which shows you exactly how much litter you need to put inside. Using any clumping litter is fine, however Litter Robot recommends using their Natural Clumping Litter. They don’t recommend using litters that are strictly absorbent, non clumping,
loose-clumping, newspaper-based, or wood-based
pellets.There are four buttons on the front of the Litter Robot which include the power button, the cycle button, the empty button, and the reset button. There are also three indicator lights which help you figure out whether or not the Robot is running smoothly or not. The manual does a great job of explaining what each indicator light means, so it is best to keep a copy of it handy at all times.
Indicator Light Meanings:
Blue Light On: The unit is OK and ready for your cat’s next use.
Blue Light Flashing: Waste Drawer is Full
Blue and Yellow Lights On: Sleep Mode
Yellow Light On: Cycling/In Use
Yellow Light Flashing: Cycle Interrupted
So how does it work? Once the globe is at the Home position and the blue light on the Control Panel is on, the Litter-Robot is ready for use! When one of my cats enter the globe, they trigger a cat sensor. This will turn the blue light red. Once my cat exits the globe, the countdown to a clean cycle begins. This will turn the red light yellow. The globe rotates counterclockwise and the screen passes through the litter, separating the clumps from the clean litter. The clean litter is collected in a chamber behind the screen. As the globe rotates to the dump position, the waste clumps fall through the waste port into the waste drawer. The globe then rotates clockwise back into the home position where the cycle begins again. I personally panicked thinking that my cat would hop in mid-cycle and end up on a very un-fun joy ride, however the cat sensor detects the weight, and will not cycle if my cat is inside! Once my cat exits again, a new countdown will begin. Ellie is my smaller cat, so I love knowing the Litter Robot will even detect her small little 6lb body! Binx on the other hand, is about 11lbs so I am not worried much about the sensor on his end!
I must admit that introducing my cats to the new litter box was one of the things I was worried about the most. However, Litter Robot offered a few tips in their manual for making the transition a bit easier. Since I couldn’t leave the box in its original place, I decided to try a few of the other suggestions instead. For the first two days, I left the Litter Robot off and gave my cats a few days to explore their new present. A little bribing with catnip and toys really did the trick. Once I noticed that the cats had successfully used the new box (our girl Ellie was the first brave soul), I powered the unit on and reassured her that the sound was normal. This process took about a week.
Once Ellie and Binx were both consistently using the Litter Robot, I was able to leave the unit on for continued scheduled cleanings. As mentioned before, the indicator lights alert me when anything is wrong, so all I have to do is glance at the unit a few times a day to make sure everything is working properly. I check the litter level every time I empty the waste drawer to ensure that it stays at the fill line. Although I will continue to use the Litter Robot brand drawer liners, a standard garbage bag will work as well. I also noticed that the carbon filters don’t need to be changed every time the waste drawer is emptied which was a plus.
I like to think I got this gift for my cats, but in reality it has saved me a ton of time! The Litter Robot is definitely the perfect gift for any cat owner! My cats love having a clean litter box after every visit, and I love the fact that I only have to do maintenance once a week! I have had several people ask me if the Litter Robot is worth it, and my answer is YES! Even if we forget the fact that it is saving me time, it has begin to pay for itself by saving me a TON of money on litter. Since the Litter Robot saves as much clean litter as it can, no good litter goes to waste! The design is modern so it isn’t an eyesore in the corner of my living room, and my non-cat loving family feel more comfortable coming over to visit thanks to the reduced smell! The average retail for a Litter Robot is $450-$500, while accessories range from $12-$500 depending on what you are looking to purchase. This is without a doubt the most PURRR-fect Christmas gift I (I mean…my cats), have ever received!
*I RECEIVED THE PRODUCTS MENTIONED ABOVE FOR FREE IN RETURN FOR AN UNBIASED REVIEW. I ONLY REVIEW AND RECOMMEND PRODUCTS OR SERVICES THAT I HAVE USED PERSONALLY. I AM DISCLOSING THIS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION’S 16 CFR, PART 255: “GUIDES CONCERNING THE USE OF ENDORSEMENTS AND TESTIMONIALS IN ADVERTISING”. THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS POST ARE ENTIRELY MY OWN*