An automatic cat litter box is a great way to avoid the hassle of daily or several daily cat litter box cleanups. Cat lovers and owners know that their whiskered feline friends are particular about their cleanliness, and with such qualities, there are high standards of cleaning that are required, but with what time?
Busy owners want the best for their cats but also need to keep themselves in mind. Many such owners consider the option of the automatic litter box, but there are several things to consider before making the purchase. Here are a few:
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It is important to consider how much you are willing to spend when it comes to your pet's litter box. There are many choices of affordable cat waste containers such as covered and uncovered litter pans that can range anywhere from $6 to $50 in price but require the hassle of manual scooping (daily for the best environment for your cat). An automatic litter box cleans itself after every use and deposits the waste in a plastic receptacle that is a breeze to remove and instead of daily, every couple of days; however, these come at a price range of about $100-$400.
Those boxes closer to the $100 range are roomy and come with an attached litter mat which are recommended by veterinarians such as Lisa A. Pierson on her website catinfo.org. Those close to the $400 range are very advanced and do not require any work at all since they automatically dispose of the waste by flushing it away through home water waste lines.
Noise and movement:
Every cat is different and with that owners can expect a number of reactions to an automatic litter box.
Self-cleaning litter containers tend to be noisy and as said by the experts of Pet Product Adviser, your cat may become scared by the foreign noise and raking motion of the machine. However, other feline pets are entertained by the action of the boxes. It depends on your cat so trying out the box would be best.
Not always is this an issue with cats, but with owners who may find the noise that the mechanic litter box may make annoying. Just as it depends on the cats' preferences it also depends on the owners' preferences on the subject. Testing a box is the best thing to do.
Sometimes manual scooping required:
Though according to Pet Product Adviser these self-cleansing boxes are great because the waste can be discarded every few days instead of the daily discarding that regular litter boxes require, they sometimes require manual scooping when the rake doesn't quite catch everything or gets jammed.
Adding an automatic litter box to the home makes a great choice when both owner and pet are comfortable with the quirks the item carries. These boxes are highly recommended for their hygienic nature but owners must be reminded that if switching to one of these boxes, or any other box, it is essential to not do so suddenly.