Rated 1 out of 5 by mcetz bad quality product
1 (one) is to still to high of a rating for this product. I bought this in July because I had a shoulder surgery and though it would be helpful. It stopped working in December. It's very loud and even with the trays in correctly, at times left the lid open allowing stinky waste odor to fill my house. I hate I spent the amount of money on it. Now I'm stuck with 2 boxes of waste containers as well.
December 11, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Sadcatinwa What a waste...
The original charcoal packs worked great. The replacement do not stick, if I do not add extra tape they fall in the waste container. If the litter is too little the rake gets stuck, if the litter is too much the rake gets stuck, if the cat kicks up too much litter near the rake covering her business the rake gets stuck. if the poo is on the side wall it misses the dispose box and lands on the floor instead of in the box. The rake has been getting stuck every night recently so I did the full box clean washing and drying and covering in non stick spray as recommended, no help, it still gets stuck every time it tries running. Do not waste your money, a normal box with a plastic liner is better.
March 31, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by MsCSI Solution to Automatic Litterbox Cleaning Issues
I have finally figured out how to save work cleaning litter boxes similar to this model and "Litter-Maid".
It takes a little prep work, but you will be all the better for it once you realize how simple it is and afterwards will only require a little periodic maintenance. First get some one-inch "3M" Blue Painters tape, #'must be 3M brand for best sticking quality#, and make sure it is 'Painters tape and not 'Masking tape #too sticky#. Next get a can of Cooking Spray similar to "PAM"; I use a 'Coconut Oil one #smells good too#. Most important is 'before you ever allow the cat to use the box if new #or if you have a used one just wash it real good#, 'lightly spray the bottom of the large litter pan and metal or plastic rake with the cooking spray and lightly wipe off any excess with a paper towel. With the same paper towel 'thoroughly wipe the excess on all other inside surfaces of the litter box #add more spray if the paper towel gets too dry#, remember go lightly. Also spray the top of the litter box door that rises up when the rake moves and then re-covers the 'disposable litter pan, and anywhere else that litter or waste may touch. After completing this step, where the lip of the disposable litter pan inserts in the edge of the larger pan that holds the litter, tear a strip of painters tape about the same length and tape it across that seam, about 10 inches or so, then going left to right, or right to left #depending on which end you start# make sure half of the tape overlaps a little over the edge into the 'disposable pan and the other half of the tape overlaps a little over the edge into the ‘larger litter pan. You might want to first take a little alcohol and remove a small portion of the cooking spray that will have touched these areas where the tape will sit so it will adhere as tight as possible. Add litter and you will be surprised at how the waste and litter won't stick to the bottom, sides, rake or anywhere the cooking spray has been wiped on, and when the rake moves the waste to the disposable pan the 'teeth of the rake will not grab the edge of the disposable pan and drop litter between the seams, it will easily slide the litter right across that tape and into the disposable pan #I sometimes find myself wiping a little cooking spray on the strip of tape as well [after I am sure it is stuck tight] so waste will not stick to it either as the rake moves across it#. Maintenance is just maybe about once a month or so to just re-apply the cooking spray #lightly#. If you find the litter and waste are still sticking too much then you will need to remove the litter and wipe out the pan and add a little more cooking spray. For the disposable tray, I simply remove the tape, dump the waste in the garbage can and put the same disposable tray back in until it is way too dirty to re-use #you could also spray the ‘inside of a new 'clean disposable pan as well which will help the waste to 'not stick to it for multiple re-uses#. I then get a fresh strip of tape and re-apply it along the seam again. Voila!!
March 20, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Nahho Yes, it automatically scoops, but ...
Yes, this litter box does automatically scoop. Every once in a while -- who knows its schedule? -- the rake does move droppings into the container. So in that way this litter box achieves a key goal of giving your cat(s) a clean place to go -- you know how cats hate going in dirty litter boxes.
But if you think this machine is magic and it will solve all your cleaning problems, think again. First, if you have a big cat who urinates a lot, you will find yourself having to scrape wet litter off the bottom to either make it clump enough to get scooped into the container or to scoop it yourself into the container or garbage bag. Then you will have to replace the container every few days. *And* loose litter will be all around; you'll need to sweep a little mess with each replacement.
As others have said, the rake itself gets caked. I get around that by not worrying about it too much -- a litter box gets dirty, after all. But certainly this could be designed to be overall cleaner, especially for the price.
So yes, this does scoop chunks for you and gets them out of the way for kitty, making it convenient for busy schedules and short vacations where you'll be away from home. But you'll still be watching over this thing to make sure it's clean and not smelly and messy. Your litter duties will not be over.
By the way, while you are advised to use only Nature's Miracle clumping litter with this machine, we have found that not to be true. We find Arm & Hammer clumping litter to be better, especially as odor goes. Nature's Miracle would be a second place. Neither is perfect, so don't be afraid to try different brands.
January 28, 2015