Features of the Best Automatic Litter Boxes

Automatic litter boxes can save a lot of work on the part of cat owners, while reducing odor and mess. Automatic litter boxes are easier than trying to toilet train kitty, but self-cleaning catlitter boxes aren't all the same. Here are some of the features of the best automatic litter boxes on the market.

The Cat Genie

The Cat Genie litter box looks more like a toilet bowl than a box. It self-washes with a veterinarian-approved cleaning solution. You'll never need to buy or replace litter, as it uses permanent granules. However, the Cat Genie can be difficult to set up. It needs a nearby washbasin for drainage, and it's one of the most expensive self-cleaning cat litter boxes as well.

The Litter Robot

The Litter Robot self-cleans by rotating over a sifting mechanism. Waste is stored in a drawer that was designed to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria. Any clumping clay litter can be used.

The Litter Robot can save you cat litter. It's also low-maintenance and reliable. You can use a wide variety of ordinarily-available litters with it. However, it's also expensive.

The Litter Maid

The Litter Maid automatic litter box uses a rake mechanism that scrapes through the litter after each use. A motion detector alerts the mechanism, and it scrapes through the litter about ten minutes after your cat leaves the box. Clumps wind up in a disposable waste receptacle.

The Litter Maid is one of the least expensive automatic cat litter boxes, but you'll need to keep buying the disposable waste receptacles. You can use the commercially available clumping litter of your choice with the Litter Maid, but it works best with the Litter Maid brand of litter, which is more expensive. The Litter Maid offers a high level of odor control and is easy to use.

The PetSafe Simply Clean

The PetSafe Simply Clean automatic litter box is suitable for cats up to twelve pounds. The PetSafe self-cleans on an hourly rotation that continues for 24 hours a day. The PetSafe's litter pan rotates while a filtering system removes lumps and deposits them in an ordinary plastic shopping bag, the kind you bring home from the grocery store.

The PetSafe Simply Clean offers a high level of odor control and is easily assembled or disassembled. It works with any brand of clumping clay litter you might choose and is reasonably priced.