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 Post subject: Litter Robot
PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 7:06 pm 
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Hey everyone!

We just ordered the newest model of the Litter Robot! I can't believe fiance went for it, they are so pricey! But I think he's feeling guilty about having pet sitters scoop the boxes daily while we are out of town, especially for the coming Thanksgiving holiday. I really hope the kitties take to it...does anyone else have one and successfully using it?

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 Post subject: Re: Litter Robot
PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:16 pm 
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If I were a little cat and I saw my bathroom moving robotically, I might be less inclined to use it.

That's about the only contribution I can make.


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 Post subject: Re: Litter Robot
PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:39 pm 
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I used to have some similar boxes and they worked quite well. Then I had some bad luck replacing one that had burned out, the new one only lasted a few months and even after exchanging that one the next one didn't last much longer. So I gave up and went back to traditional litter boxes.

While the kitties are learning to use the new box make sure their old boxes are still available so you don't have accidents.

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 Post subject: Re: Litter Robot
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 3:45 pm 
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Have they made them so the mechanics are silent? Although I think some of wait 30 seconds after the cat has left the box. I think pet sitters understand they have to clean the litter boxes -- it's part of their job when it comes to cats. I wouldn't feel guilty about having them do it at all. They are getting paid to do it. All I know is that I use a Litter Genie and when the bag is full, I cannot believe Raiden has that much waste -- and he pees a lot while we are on our walks.


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 Post subject: Re: Litter Robot
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 6:47 pm 
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Donna741 wrote:
I used to have some similar boxes and they worked quite well. Then I had some bad luck replacing one that had burned out, the new one only lasted a few months and even after exchanging that one the next one didn't last much longer. So I gave up and went back to traditional litter boxes.

While the kitties are learning to use the new box make sure their old boxes are still available so you don't have accidents.


That's good to know! I think this one comes with a year or two warranty, but either way I hope we don't have that problem!

Sherry wrote:
Have they made them so the mechanics are silent? Although I think some of wait 30 seconds after the cat has left the box. I think pet sitters understand they have to clean the litter boxes -- it's part of their job when it comes to cats. I wouldn't feel guilty about having them do it at all. They are getting paid to do it. All I know is that I use a Litter Genie and when the bag is full, I cannot believe Raiden has that much waste -- and he pees a lot while we are on our walks.


I'm not sure about the older models, but the newest one which is the "Open Air" version, has a sensor and waits to "scoop" until 7 minutes after the cat leaves the box. I don't think it's silent haha...but hopefully since it waits so long, the kitties won't associate the sound and moving mechanism with when they're actually in the box. We've read a lot of reviews and watched videos on youtube, and it seems to be pretty well received.

All the "pet sitters" we use are friends, who are doing us a favor because hubs is picky about strangers being in our house. He does leave some $ and food stocked for them, but anyhow I think that's where the guilt factor comes in.

How cute that Raiden pees on walks! Orion has never done that, ever. He does however favor the potted plants and trees outside on our patio though. :rolleyes:

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 Post subject: Re: Litter Robot
PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2015 3:34 pm 
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It's great you have some friends who will take care of your pets. I have to hire a professional! I have some great neighbors, but they are not cat people at all.


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 Post subject: Re: Litter Robot
PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 3:09 am 
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I had one several years ago that cost quite a bit and worked okay at first, but months later it would get stuck. The thing I didn't like about it was that it took me over an hour to clean it and the metal parts began to rust. I got it thinking it would save time cleaning the box, but I stopped using it before a year was up. An old fashioned box with a liner was quicker and easier to deal with.

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 Post subject: Re: Litter Robot
PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 1:39 pm 
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Let us know how it goes for you, socalprincess. I know my husband is curious about them too. :P

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 Post subject: Re: Litter Robot
PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 5:11 pm 
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The Litter Robot arrived on Tuesday, and was a breeze to set up because it came pre-assembled. Both cats were initially curious about it, but didn't want to actually use it at first. We followed all their instructions, and they were both using it by Day 3. That night we removed the other two boxes, and they are using it exclusively now. It's great because they ALWAYS have a clean box as it cycles after each use.

Orion loves it actually, as soon as the cycle triggers (about 7 min after someone comes out of it) he runs over and jumps up to hind legs to watch it do its thing. He tries to play and get the waste as its falling (gross haha) as well as the clean litter as its returning to its spot in the box. It's no surprise because he always loved watching me scoop before and would get in the box to participate.

Here's a video: http://youtu.be/58PW_bjMnWc

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 Post subject: Re: Litter Robot
PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2015 6:12 pm 
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Holly, it's loud! And I'd be concerned that Orion would somehow get caught in the mechanism. You'd think most cats would simply ignore the thing when it was working, but your Orion is a pistol! And ewww, who would want to mess with what's being pulled through the thing? :biggrin:


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 Post subject: Re: Litter Robot
PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:58 pm 
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Sorry this is late! but socalprincess...what litter works best for you?? also since it's been a little while, how did it work out for you? Mine just arrived :)


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 Post subject: Re: Litter Robot
PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:51 am 
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Raava&Vaatu wrote:
Sorry this is late! but socalprincess...what litter works best for you?? also since it's been a little while, how did it work out for you? Mine just arrived :)


We use the Tidy Cat with the red lid, that seems to work best for us.

It works great for us, it was very easy getting the cats acclimated quite quickly. The nice thing is that all 3 will use the one box, and It works because they are used to having a clean box every time! They are spoiled, but so are we. :) My husband is very good about dismantling the dome and cleaning the inside pretty much weekly. We've had to replace some small metal sensor pieces a couple times because they have become corroded by the ammonia in the urine after so much contact/exposure.

Although, the robot did start malfunctioning about 3 weeks ago, and Hubbs couldn't figure out how to fix it. It was still (barely) under the 18 month warranty, so we returned the base to them and they have been repairing it. Replaced the motor and a few other parts. I think it's supposed to be returned tomorrow.

I'm sure you will really like it! Good luck :)

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 Post subject: Re: Litter Robot
PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:31 am 
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Awesome! Thanks for the reply. They're on pine pellets at the breeder .. any suggestions on the best way to get them used to the robot/clumping litter? We are moving one month after bringing them home so I plan to let them use the regular box until the new place..but would like to get the used to the clumping litter asap!


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 Post subject: Re: Litter Robot
PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:44 pm 
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In principle I like the idea of these devices, but there is one big drawback to them - sometimes the only clue you get to your cat's health is what is happening in the litter box.

For example, I had two cats, so I should ideally see at least two urine clumps and two poops. Suddenly I'm only seeing one poop and it's become clear that one of the cats is blocked up for some reason. (And I lost him a couple of months later)


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