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All cat lovers know how much of a hassle litter cleanup can be, but what you may not know is there are some litter boxes designed to make the process a little bit easier. Here are four that will change your life—or at least help you dread the chore a little less.
1. Litter Robot
There are dream homes and then there are dream litter boxes. Ideal for multi-cat households, the Litter Robot is an automatic, self-cleaning litter box that uses a patented sifting process to separate waste from clean litter. Once your furbaby has finished taking care of business and exits, a timer counts down (which you can set for 3, 5 or 15 minutes after use) and the globe will begin to slowly rotate, separating the waste and dropping it into a carbon-filtered drawer. Once the cleaning cycle is over, the globe will return to its normal position, leaving a clean, level-bed of litter for the next use. A flashing blue light indicates that the waste drawer is full, so you'll never be left guessing when it's time to empty it out. If budget is no concern, this litter box may change your life.
Litter box designs don't usually take aesthetic appeal into consideration but Luuup, a Toronto-based company, has changed all that. The Luuup litter box delivers on design but most importantly, functionality. This scoop-free box uses a three-tier sifting tray system that makes clean up a cinch. You simply lift the top tray and the waste is separated from the clean litter. Once you've disposed of the waste, simply turn the tray 180° and place it at the bottom of the stack. If you've stacked the bottom tray incorrectly, don't worry—the smart stacking tabs will let you know as the litter will rock back and forth instead of nesting together. For the best clean up results, Arm & Hammer Slide cat litter is recommended.
3. PetSafe ScoopFree Box
This scoop-free, self-cleaning litter box from PetSafe uses disposable litter trays to provide hands-off convenience and complete odour-control at a reasonable price. Once plugged in, an automatic rake system sweeps waste in the compartment below 20 minutes after your cat has used the litter box. If you have multiple cats, don't fret—safety sensors detect if a cat reenters shortly after prior use, resetting the timer. While this litter box can make your life easier, it's best suited for a single-cat home as the litter tray needs replacing every 20-30 days. A two-cat home will need a replacement every 10-15 days and a three-cat home will need a litter tray replacement every 7-10 days. Disposable litter tray refills can be purchased here.
PetSafe ScoopFree Self-Cleaning Litter Box, $170, amazon.ca.
Forget all those pesky litter-tracking woes thanks to ModKat's top-entry litter box. The top-lid entrance allows for the base to be fully enclosed, keeping all litter inside no matter how strongly your furbaby digs. As they leap out, gravity takes hold and pulls litter from their paws, and the lid doubles as a walk-off mat, virtually minimizing any mess. Now, you still have to scoop out your kitty's mess but the ModKat Scoop's ergonomic handle will make sifting through the litter effortless. Your cat may need some time getting adjusted to the design but since when has a cat not liked jumping into a box?