Living with three cats means living with three sets of turds, sometimes twice a day. Now put that in a studio (we know – crazy cat lady = us) and you may as well have a cot within the sewer system. It’s truly amazing how long we, as a culture, have had cats as pets and how little the litter box has advanced. It’s only been of late that some high tech solutions have shown themselves. After Unplggd reader, siobahn, waxed poetic about the Litter-Robot we thought we’d give it a go. After the jump a full re(al)view of how this monster works… First, let us warn you, this thing is gynormous and pricey. Standing tall at 24-by-22-by-29 inches, the thing took over an entire corner of my house. Also, its $330 price tag is nothing to baulk at, but according to the company you’ll save on litter. “Customers have reported litter savings of up to 40% with the Litter-Robot as compared with traditional litter boxes or other self cleaning litter boxes.” If you’re buying the expensive, but enviro-friendly, World’s Best Cat Litter you’ll really like this advantage. Despite how complicated it looks, it was fairly easy to put together. Simply place the lower half, which holds the waste drawer and control panel, on the ground and then fit the Death Star looking top on it so that it’s protruding seam gently pops in. Then watch your cats’ investigations.
We followed the instruction’s advice and filled the Death Star with litter and left the device off so our cats could get used to doing their business in their new space. Once they were into that we turned the machine on and this is what happened on the feline end.
They pretty much thought the sky was falling. But rather than running away, they let their curiosity take over and just watched as the Litter-Robot did its thing. Now what does the LR do you ask? Well, it’s a self-cleaning litter box. When your cat steps into the Death Star it has to place its weight on an outside step, which has a trigger telling the Litter-Robot that someone has gone in. On their way out they trip the step again and a seven-minute timer is set. After the allotted time the LR does its thing. While I didn’t have the stomach to videotape the process, some crafty YouTubers did. For those who don’t want to watch poop I’ll explain, below the video, what happens.