There are litterboxes, and then there are litterboxes. The kind that make you stop in your tracks and say, “Wow. I can’t believe I am so impressed by a cat toilet.”
Since the first time I stood mesmerized watching a Litter Robot in action, I’ve been coveting one. And because I am lucky, Litter Robot recently sent me one of these mysterious little devices to try out for myself.
For such a complicated looking device, it’s actually ridiculously easy to put together. Stick the tray in the bottom, place the globe on top, fill, and go. It took 5 minutes, tops.
Ever since the first time I saw one, I’ve been overcome with comparisons to a deep sea submersible, and I really wanted Apollo to have the joy of the James Cameron Litterbox Submersible experience.
It’s quite clever. After the cat departs the box, the globe rotates, dumping the clumps into the tray underneath, where you can just pull out the tray and dump the clumps. No scooping, no scraping. I sat there and watched it rotate 5 times just because I was that impressed. And it’s quiet.
Like all good submersibles, there’s even a window in the back. As you will know if you’ve seen the Abyss- and I know you have- this can be a good or a bad thing. If you have some sort of beastly creature who might pop up in the window and scare the bejesesus out of your feline, you might want to place it in a different part of the house.
Apollo is a tricky beast, if you haven’t learned. Because he has been having so many inappropriate elimination issues, I was super excited about using the Litter Robot as it was a good way to guarantee a very clean box. In addition, I could use whatever clumping litter I would like, and he has responded beautifully to Cat Attract.
Being old and crotchety, he was not as into the adventurous idea of crawling into the robot as I was. So we cajoled. We bribed, we catnipped, and eventually had to remove the old litterbox and hope for the best. So far, so good. This little bit of miraculous technology makes me happy, and that makes everyone happy. Because I really hate scooping litter, but I hate cleaning cat pee up even more.
If you have a picky cat who is used to an open-top box, this may be a tough sell, but if you have cats who don’t care or are already used to covered boxes, the Litter Robot kicks butt. And even if your cat is a tough sell, the Litter Robot is worth the persistence.