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    Self cleaning litter box

    Do you have one? Which brand?

    Does Kitty like it?

    Does Kitty refuse to use it or goes potty elsewhere because of it?

    Is it noisy enough to scare the "pants" off kitty?


    We are thinking of getting one for Miss Kola.
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    We were given a Litter Maid one for Christmas. We love it. Cats love it. It pauses after they use it before cleaning, and has never scared them No problems thus far. Cut down on smell immensely. You do have to buy the containers for the poop, and use light wt. litter, but we re-use cantainers sometimes. : )

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    Thanks for the response. I found one made by Litter maid for about 129.00.

    Kola isn't to keen on changes, but she is a really easy going cat.
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    We had one about 11 year ago and our oldest cat (at the time)
    urine made such a LARGE clump that the "rake" had a hard time
    moving it. After about 5-6 months it broke.

    If you have more than 1 cat I don't recommend getting it unless
    you plan to get more than one box.

    I think the main reason ours broke so soon was because we had
    3 cats.

    But it was great while it lasted.
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    We use a recycled paper little box and has no odor.
    we clean it regularly, every other week we dump and start anew with the litter. once a month
    we use a new box. no order at all, i think it's the recycled box that absorbs the urine and stink.
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    Each of my cats were afraid of the noise it made and would not use it: unfortunately, they did their duty outside the device.

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    ***
    *** I had an older one and my cat was afraid of it.
    *** She would use it but would Run Away as soon as possible so the Monster would noto get her.
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    *** Gave it away.
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    I've thought about getting one but wasn't sure how good they worked. Cost is another factor. I'm still trying to get my two to use the litter boxes all the time. Any suggestions?? They were supposed to be box trained when we got them but after two years they still don't use it all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieLou View Post
    I've thought about getting one but wasn't sure how good they worked. Cost is another factor. I'm still trying to get my two to use the litter boxes all the time. Any suggestions?? They were supposed to be box trained when we got them but after two years they still don't use it all the time.

    Cost is a factor for us too. Especially if she hates the thing and won't use it.

    What type of litter do you use? My sisters cat wouldn't use his box because of the litter she put in it.
    She went back to his usual brand and was fine after that. She calls him a picky old man..lol

    Kola won't eat one colored cat food....lol
    We bought it once and she refused to even go near it. She loves Meow Mix, we call it her tri colored cat food.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbj137 View Post
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    *** I had an older one and my cat was afraid of it.
    *** She would use it but would Run Away as soon as possible so the Monster would noto get her.
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    *** Gave it away.
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    That is what we are worried about. She doesn't like loud noises or strange sounds.
    Everyone is born right handed, only the gifted overcome it.
    I have already committed my felonies, so people don't have to worry. (Russell Means)
    I swear to you, I am guilty of only being Indian. That's why I am here. (Leonard Peltier)
    “If you can’t see a mistake from 12 feet away, it doesn’t exist, and there are no perfect quilts and that helps a lot,” .......Greg Biornstad

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    I had one some years back and didn't have any problems with the cats not using it. In fact, they were fascinated with it at first. When it would start to do its thing, they would run into the room to watch it. You have to use the scoopable litter in them and I would use what is recommended. When I first started using it, I used what was recommended, but then wanted to save a few pennies and went with the cheap brands, which gummed up everything. Lesson learned.
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    My foster cat won't use anything that makes a noise.. So it depends on the cat -a kitten would be more used to the noise than an adult (Or maybe it would scare it either adult or kitten).
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    Thanks for all the replies.
    We talked about it and decided to stay with the old stand by, me cleaning the box.......lol

    My husband keeps the dog business picked up outside so the cat box is my duty.

    If we bought one we would have to move it so it could be plugged in. It is in the laundry room now. And we would have to run a extension cord up and over the door to get to a plug. Something we don't want to do. Moving it to the garage is a no go. We put the dogs in there when it is storming outside or during the winter when it is to cold for them to be outside.
    She may or may not like the noise.
    She may never use it and I would have to return it for a refund. (the store is 25 miles away)
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    I had one yrs ago and it worked at first then the bin got kind of warped and alot of the litter would end up on the floor. They even make a tent type dome to go over it if you want. It never scared the cats, they are out of it before the box does its thing.
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    We watch "My Cat from Hell" and Jackson Galaxy recommends one more litter box than cat, so if you have two cats, 3 litter boxes. He also says experiment with covered, not covered, and different litters til you find what they like.
    Alyce

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chasing Hawk View Post
    Cost is a factor for us too. Especially if she hates the thing and won't use it.

    What type of litter do you use? My sisters cat wouldn't use his box because of the litter she put in it.
    She went back to his usual brand and was fine after that. She calls him a picky old man..lol

    Kola won't eat one colored cat food....lol
    We bought it once and she refused to even go near it. She loves Meow Mix, we call it her tri colored cat food.
    I've used several different ones including Cat Attract which is guaranteed to work. It didn't for me. Right now I'm using Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal. They were feral kittens we adopted when they were about 4 months old. I don't know if that has anything to do with the problem or not. I'm just about to the point of taking them to a rescue group but I really hate to do that since one of them is just now taming up enough to be able to pet her. I would NOT take them to a kill shelter though.
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    Several years ago we lost both of our cats from something they ingested out doors. Then we had to put down our Tara, a crazy, but loveable German Shepherd. I missed them terribly, then one day my DH said we should by a Litter Maid box - YIPPEE - I was off to the animal shelter and fell in love with "Casper" an almost all white kitten with grey ears and tail. He was my lap cat, but went into kidney failure at 6 years. The Litter Maid was put away, out of sight as it was too hard to look at it; then my best friend and I went to an animal shelter on a whim. There was Miss Terry an all black cat about a year old - well, from the moment I first held her I knew she was mine as she cuddled under my neck, I could turn her 6 ways from Sunday and she didn't want to leave my arms. The vet was coming into the shelter in 2 days, so the shelter had her fixed as part of the original fee, and a couple days later I brought her home, although my DH was less than enthusiastic about her. We have a daughter named Kari, my best friend is Terry, also the cat's name, however, DH could get confused as to who I was talking about, so, she became "TJ", a combo of my friend's first and last names. We are still fortunate to have her after 8 years, and although she can be pesky as she thinks she's a dog and has to lead me everywhere, sleeps at the foot of my bed and is my shadow, she is my love. I have a tendency to make a short story long, however, my point is that our Litter Maid is still functioning well after 12-15 years of use, plus the $129 you mentioned is a good price, as we paid $99 those many years ago. Good luck, I think you'll like it, and I think Miss Kola will too.

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    I have one. Not sure of the brand. Cats didn't adapt to it but that may have been due to the fact that I should have started them on it when they were babies. It is now stored in the attic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieLou View Post
    I've used several different ones including Cat Attract which is guaranteed to work. It didn't for me. Right now I'm using Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal. They were feral kittens we adopted when they were about 4 months old. I don't know if that has anything to do with the problem or not. I'm just about to the point of taking them to a rescue group but I really hate to do that since one of them is just now taming up enough to be able to pet her. I would NOT take them to a kill shelter though.
    My 2 adult male cats, one is 9 and one is 14, love the Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal litter. We had always used Fresh Step, but it creates so much dust that I decided to try something else. I put the Arm & Hammer in one litter box and Fresh Step in the other in case they didn't like the new litter. They seem to prefer the Arm & Hammer. They have almost stopped using the Fresh Step completely. I think it is because the Arm & Hammer is much finer and doesn't hurt their paws as much. I also have been using a Litter Genie disposal system for about 6 months. It is great. You just scoop the used litter into the genie and then pull a 'lever' on the front and it drops into a plastic bag. Odor is sealed away. It is easy to change the bags.

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    Have seven cats....bought two litter maids...cats hated them...returned litter maids and bought three $20 domed litter boxes...use Scoop Away litter exclusively...clean morning and night...happy kitties!

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    Our cat "Timmy" has a Litter Robot he uses. Most cats may be afraid of it but he seems ok with it. We had to get something the dog would stay out of, and also one that would work for him as he is pretty messy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chasing Hawk View Post
    Do you have one? Which brand?

    Does Kitty like it?

    Does Kitty refuse to use it or goes potty elsewhere because of it?

    Is it noisy enough to scare the "pants" off kitty?


    We are thinking of getting one for Miss Kola.
    I have a self cleaning litter box. It's called the woods. HaHa

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    I had 5 cats (yes, at the same time). After a few years one of them started spraying or urinating outside the litter box. Used all kinds of odor removers. What actually worked on getting cat to stop doing that: Bought 2 of those metal tea leaf holders (that you use instead of tea bags), saturated cotton balls with lemon juice, put them into the tea balls and left the tea balls in the offending spots. I couldn't believe it worked, but it did. Only 're-juiced' them about once a week for 3 weeks. Miracle!

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    When I had a cat I was told she was litter box trained also. Turns out she was also used to going outside. So when her box was just a little fuller than she liked or she would get upset with me, she would do it where ever sh wanted. I cleaned her box out in the morning before leaving for work and as soon as I got home. Gave her to my Aunt who had a farm. She did the same thing to my aunt so she became a barn cat. No more cats after that
    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieLou View Post
    I've thought about getting one but wasn't sure how good they worked. Cost is another factor. I'm still trying to get my two to use the litter boxes all the time. Any suggestions?? They were supposed to be box trained when we got them but after two years they still don't use it all the time.

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    Have you tried different brands of litter? sometimes they are picky about the feel of the litter on their feet. Maybe a different location in the house?

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