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Can I get the lo down on Litter Robot?

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  1. Barrelstar

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    Do you have it, what do you love, not like? Does it charge or have to be plugged in all the time? Thanks!
     

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    I think Brooke has one.. I know one member does and she loves it.

    I think they stay plugged in the whole time, so that they can rotate after each use.
     
  3. Brooke

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    Yep, I have one. I love, love, love it. If only I could get Helen to use it, I'd be completely liberated from scooping!! (My other cats pounce her when she comes out of it, so she was using it when I first bought it but got scared and started peeing next to it instead)

    You leave it plugged in all the time.
    Pro's:
    - With 2 cats, I imagine you'd only have to empty the drawer 2-3 times a week.
    - Smells are completely contained in the drawer, you never smell anything, even standing right next to it.
    - Uses A LOT less litter, probably 1/3 of what I was using with a regular box.
    - Litter is always clean (it cycles 7 minutes after the cat exits)
    - No Scooping!!!
    - 18 month warranty/90 day return policy if you buy directly from them, and free shipping
    - uses any brand of clumping litter, and regular small garbage bags. nothing special you have to buy (unlike other automatic boxes that require you to buy their litter and special refill trays)

    Cons:
    - It's really big
    - it's somewhat loud when it's cycling (but the cycling sound is music to my ears...it reminds me that I'm not scooping cat poop) :LOL:
     
  4. Luvmysphynx

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    I have been heavily considering getting one. I have a Cat Genie, but the place I moved to there really isn't anywhere for me to set it up since it has to be hooked up to the water outlets. But here's my question about the Litter Robot - Would it work with crystal type cat litter? That's been my biggest hesitation, I like the enclosed design, and I like that there's little to no smell with it, but Oogie has alot of respitory problems caused from the life of neglect he led before I got him. He does alot better if I stay away from dusty clay or clumping litter, so right now I'm using the crystal litter for the cats for his sake since it doesn't have hardly any dust. But I'd really like to change to a nice automatic box that I wouldn't have to scoop - With 3 cats now, I'm cleaning the box at least 2-3 times a day, not that I care, but it does get old!
     
  5. Brooke

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    You have to use clumping litters, so the crystals wouldn't work (I used to use those "pre-robot" and loved them). But you don't have to use clay litter. You could try swheat scoop or world's best? Or, have you tried Dr. Elsey's Special Cat? It's a clay litter but dust free and perfume free. The only kind you can't use is Feline Pine because the pellets are too large.
     
  6. Luvmysphynx

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    I've tried Sweat Scoop before, and didn't like it, it doesn't clump together very well and the broken clumps would leave the box stinky, when I used that I had a Litter Maid, and the box ALWAYS stunk, I'd have to change litter 2-3 times a week and it was still hard to keep the box from stinking! so I got rid of the litter made AND the litter, and bought the Cat Genie LOL I've never heard of Worlds Best or Dr. Elsey's Special Cat, where would I look for those brands? I'd try anything! I love the convience of the automatic boxes, but I'm not going to put Oogie's health on the line for convience! I'd love to try one of those 2 and see how he tolerates it.
     
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    Dr. Elsey's is sold at Petsmart and World's Best is sold at most pet stores.
     
  8. Luvmysphynx

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    Thanks Brooke, obviously it's been a while since I've gone kitty litter shopping to see what was available LOL I checked the links, and the place I buy most of my cat food from also sells it (great little place - They only sell the high end stuff, so it's a great place to find what I want - Raw diets, EVO, natural treats, I love that place!) I'll have to pick some up and try it next time I buy cat food! I prefer not to support Petsmart or Petco whenever I can get what I want other places - The way they treat their caged animals disguests me, I've worked for them and what customers don't see behind the scenes is diguesting!
     
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    I have a litter robot and I love it. I got it when I got Harry and he took to it right away. The only thing I find cumbersome is when I completely clean the machine. I do it every four-six months at least or litter gets in the gears and I notice it leaking out the side. I just take the globe and drawer outside and clean it with dawn and the water hose. I then vacuum any stray litter from inside the base. A little more work then a normal box but much better then having to scoop everyday.

    No smells at all. I placed a box of baking soda in the drawer for extra smell protection and I have no problems.

    I caught my pug in it today. I don't know if he tried to use it or was after whatever Harry left behind so it's got some room to it.
     
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    I am very interested in getting one of these, but I was worried about "maintenance" on it as well. My husband leaves for the Army soon-and he is my scooper, so I need to make up my mind soon!
     
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    I love mine so far.
     
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      I would like to love mine.

      None of my cats like it so its a constant battle to get them to use it. They have peed or pooed on the floor outside of it. Will always use the other box if its there, and if its not will use the floor/whatever is availiable instead. It has been 9 days and still they dont like it.
       
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      I was just about to order one of these, so I am happy to find this thread. To those of you who already have one, is it critical to buy the extra options they offer...lip extender, fence or daylight globe?

      And Peeve at 3 lbs 60zs would be too small now to trigger its' action? Correct? Peeve has his very own catbox and the two Scottish Folds have their own catbox too. So it would be possible to set this new Litter Robot up and all three cats could use it, right?

      My 14 pound SF leaves very large clumps when she pees. Would these three inch clumps be too large for this box to handle?

      If several of us here got together and purchased our units at the same time, do you think the manufacturer would give us a price break? Asking is free. Thanks in advance for answering my questions.
       
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      that is a very good question...i wonder if they would too...I really want one! i will have to wait because 300+is just a bit more money than I have at the moment!
       
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      I bought the model that already comes with the lip extender and the globe, and I bought the fence because it's supposed to cut down on the litter and I need all the help I can get in that department. And Peeve is too small to trigger the mechanism until he's 5 lbs. but you can get it now and let him start using it, but keep it off until you want to manually run it. Eventually they could all use it. All 8 of mine do.
       
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      So Susi, can I rest assured that my 14 pound Scottish Fold, who leaves very large clumps when she pees, would not cause any problems with this unit? Would these three inch clumps be too large for this box to handle?

      Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.
       
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      Is the glob needed? I am trying to figure out how much this is going to cost me...and going a month w/o a pay check has me a little worried!! (hubby joining army). i see they appear to have great customer service and the refurbished ones come with the warranty too...so that may be the route I take.
       
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      I love mine now. I like the globe.
       
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      I love mine too! I needed the globe too. There never is any of the refurbished ones.
       
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      I get mine on Tuesday! YAY....the only thing I worry about is Johnny's soft poops??? I hope it doesn't smear all over the thing.

      It would be nice if his poops just stayed solid :Dizzy::Dizzy:
       
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      The only problem I had with soft poops is if they didn't bury them. That thing almost survived when all 3 of mine had soft poops but Jack never burries his poop and usually Juno will go do it for him but once she didn't and I think that is why it smeared all around the outside. If its not in a nice clump it got stuck in the door.
       
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      It here!
       

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      Johnny wants the box!
       
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      WooHoo!! I hope Johnny likes it!
       
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