Product review for the Cat Litter Robot - how much would you pay for a self-cleaning litter system?
A standard cat litter tray, a £10 investment and something you consider essential for an indoor cat, albeit never pleasant cleaning or emptying.
Imagine replacing this with something a bit more substantial. The Litter Robot arrived for us to test with our resident cat Binx, and what an impressive machine from the outset. Easy to unbox and set up, the Litter Robot is best used with clumping litter and is incredibly efficient with the volume required. Just fill to the label line, plug in and turn on. It’s as simple as that. The Litter Robot will take care of the rest and if you have any anxiety whether your cat will take to such an incredibly different looking cat litter tray, well all I can say is Binx had no issue whatsoever. He was in and out, with plenty of room to toilet.
How the Litter Robot works
Seven minutes after your cat has finished his business, the Litter Robot starts its cycle to remove waste (clumping litter/soil is filtered out into a bottom container).
Our cat tester was very inquisitive with this cycle process and even jumped in during it! The Litter Robot detected him and stopped the cycle process. This has happened so many times we can say there has been absolutely no safety concerns over this. The Litter Robot waits until the cat is out and continues the cycle, leaving clean litter ready for the next time. The cycle moves slowly, steady and gently cleans the waste away.
The bottom tray needs to be lined with a bin bag, but these do not need to be a specific brand or an expensive commodity, as like so many products that tie you into expensive accessories. You simply use everyday pedal bin liners. We recommend emptying every four days or so, as left too long (the Litter Robot will tell you when the waste area is full), we did notice a cat urine smell. Emptying more frequently prevented this. It is very easy to empty, requiring little effort. Simply remove the bag and replace with a new one!
At night, the Litter Robot illuminates with a blue light, like an alien spaceship has landed in your house! It’s certainly a talking point for visitors!
Compared to a standard litter tray, the smell after Binx soiled was zero. The most impressive element to the Litter Robot was a total lack of smell, especially when emptied twice a week.
So far, over a month of testing, we have found the Litter Robot very reliable, easy to look after and minimal effort required to clean it. It’s very efficient when it comes to how much clumping litter it uses, with a one-litre bag lasting weeks. The downside? Well, it’s a heavy investment. You’ll be looking at £500 to buy and it’s also significantly bigger than a straightforward litter tray. That said, for indoor cats particularly, it is a great investment and should last a long time.
More info: https://www.litter-robot.com/
About the Litter Robot
From the manufacturer:
- The Litter-Robot is an automatic self-cleaning litter box. Its patented sifting system automatically separates waste from clean litter, so you never have to scoop litter again! Every Litter-Robot is backed by a 90-Day Money-Back Guarantee and 18-Month Warranty.
- Never Scoop Litter Again - The patented sifting process automatically separates the waste from the clean litter.
- Reduce Odour - Waste is deposited into a carbon-filtered drawer to reduce litter box odors.
- Empty Notification
- A notification will let you know when it’s time to empty the waste drawer.
- Self-Cleaning - A clean cycle will start automatically once your cat exits the unit.
- Great for Multiple Cats - The self-cleaning process means each cat has a clean bed of litter every time.
- Save Money - The efficient cleaning process only removes the clumps, preserving the clean litter.
Long term review for Litter Robot
We’ll be updating our review in March 2019.
About the testers
Binx is a one-year-old Ragdoll who lives with Your Cat Publisher, James Buzzel. Binx is mainly an indoor cat, with access to an enclosed garden.