This post, Everything You Need to Know About the Litter Robot, is in partnership with Litter Robot. All opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.
Adopting our two rescue cats a few months ago was one of the best decisions we’ve made in a long time. In just a few short weeks both of my kids have created such amazing bonds with our newest additions I only wish I did it sooner. When it was time to bring our new furry friends home, one walk around the pet store and I was quickly reminded how different shopping for pet supplies is now. It’s been years since I had a pet so we had to start from scratch when it came to cat supplies. We needed all the essentials like a litter box, pet food, cat litter and I was quickly overwhelmed with all the choices. Thankfully today’s products are designed to make pet ownership so much easier, like the Litter-Robot.
Adopting two cats who were a bit older and already litter boxed trained was one less thing I had to worry about doing. But after a few days, I was quickly reminded how much I disliked cleaning a litter box.
I really, really dislike it. But truthfully who does. I don’t think anyone actually likes cleaning the litter box. I just added it to my ever growing to-do list each day and moved along.
Until I heard of the Litter-Robot Open Air. At first I was a bit skeptical. I mean if this thing was as great as it says it was, wouldn’t everyone have one?
I figured the best way to see if it worked was to try it out myself. A self-cleaning litter box sounded too good to be true but if it was everything it said it could be, this really could be the answer to my dreams of not scooping cat poop everyday.
While I waited for it to arrived, I read up all the information on the website about the Litter Robot, different reviews and any information I could get my hands on.
I wanted to make this work and I figured if I could learn as much as I could about it before it arrived, it would make an easier process to get the cats adjusted.
The day it arrived, I was surprised at how big the box was. It’s a pretty big piece of equipment.It arrives completely put together and all I had to do was remove a few pieces of tape and cardboard.
I let it sit out in the kitchen for a few days while Pudgie and Bentley sniffed it and explored it.
Then I moved it to it’s new home in the laundry room, right where their old litter box was.
The website gives you all kinds of tips and tricks to help your cat adjust, like leaving their old litter box next to the Litter Robot and slowly stop cleaning it so the new, clean Litter Robot looks like a better choice to your cats.
That worked like a charm. Having a 1 & 3 year old cat already used to their standard litter box, I thought it would be a hard change but it was surprisingly easy.
The younger cat took too it right away and when I showed him his “new” box, he quickly jumped in to try it out. And try it out he did.
The older cat, who is still a little skittish, took a bit longer. When I put him in it, he walked around, smelled every nook and cranny and proceeded to sit down.
After a few minutes, he climbed out and sat next to it as it started through it’s cycle.
Now this is where I thought I’d lose him, but he was more curious than anything and stood on his hind legs to watch the process.
THE LITTER ROBOT CLEANING PROCESS
Once you cat does his business, a timer counts down allowing your clumping litter to do its job. Then the clean cycle begins.
The Litter Robot’s globe slowly rotates and as it does it sifts the clean litter into a compartment to separate it from the waste.
The waste is then left behind and deposited in a carbon-filtered drawer at the bottom of the Litter Robot.
As the Litter Robot returns to the home position, it fills back up with the clean litter and is ready for your cat’s next use.
There’s even a night light inside the unit for when you’re kitty has to use the bathroom in the dark.
WHAT CAT LITTER TO USE IN THE LITTER ROBOT
You need a clumping litter and I use Tidy Cat, the same brand I was using in the old litter box so it still smelled familiar to them.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE LITTER ROBOT
After being skeptical in the beginning, I was really impressed with the Litter Robot Open Air with Connect. The older cats adjusted nicely to it, they’re not at all spooked by the noise from the cleaning cycle (it’s really not that loud after all). Not having to scoop the litter box morning and night (yes I was actually doing that every single day) has been great. Now I still empty the waste box every few days but it’s drastically less work than what I was doing. I even get an alert when it’s time to empty the box in case.I forget. I think it’s a great addition to any cat home and for anyone who doesn’t want to clean a litter box every day.
WHERE TO BUY LITTER ROBOT
You can purchase your own Litter Robot at www.litter-robot.com.