PetSafe Self Cleaning Litter Box

Welcome to part two of my self cleaning litter box articles. In order to not have the articles be too long, I’ve decided to only review one litter box each article. Last article we talked about the Cat Genie. This time I’m going to review the PetSafe, ScoopFree Ultra Self-Cleaning Litter Box.

One of our friends used this litter box so we got to see it in action. Because we have multiple cats, this litter box wouldn’t hold enough waste to make it worth our while.

**This is based on my observations. Your results may vary. **

**Full Disclosure: There are some affiliate links in this article and if you click on them and purchase products I would receive a promotional credit and maybe buy the kitties a couple of toys :-)**

How Does It Work?

When you receive the package, you will receive a box, a separate bag with the crystal litter and the frame with a connected rake. You also have the option to buy a hood for the frame.

You will pour the litter into the box and put the cover under the box and the frame with the rake on it on top of that. At this point, you can use the hood on the frame to give your kitty some privacy.

Once the kitty uses the litter box you can set an interval to have it run after the kitty leaves the box. There is a sensor that will notice when your kitty leaves the box and run the rake through the litter.

The rake will go through the box and pull the solids into a chamber at the front of the litter box. The crystal litter dries out the liquid and pulls the moisture out of the solid waste as well.

Some pros and cons of the PetSafe, ScoopFree Ultra Self-Cleaning Litter Box.

Pros

  1. No need to touch dirty litter (you take the frame off the box with the litter, put the cover on it and throw it out)
  2. Virtually dust free because it is not clay litter its crystals
  3. The sensor will keep track of how many times your kitty uses the litter box. Easy to keep track if there are litter box “issues”.

Cons

  1. The solid waste area is not that large. Not good for multiple cat households. (This would be good if you have one cat that you are fostering a cat in a separate room).
  2. The hood might impede your kitty from using it (It is detachable)
  3. Sometimes the solid waste will stick to the rake and it takes some “elbow grease” to clean it.

Final Thoughts

If you have a one cat household and don’t like to scoop litter, this litter box is what you need. I do like the litter is dust free and can easily sweep up the excess if it gets out of the litter box. On the other hand, if you have multiple cats, you would spend more time and money emptying the box and possibly cleaning the rake (depending on your kitty’s aim).  (This litter box solution is cheaper than the Cat Genie, if cost is an issue.

Below, I’ve added a link to the litter box and supplies if you were interested in checking it out.

Thanks for reading…..Stay tuned for another option for a litter box that isn’t self cleaning, but it’s not just plain litter either.


 

Best Self Cleaning Cat Litter Box

It’s something that every cat owner would like to purchase for their cats. Which self cleaning litter box is the best?

I’m going to share “my opinion” of what litter box won that distinction in our house.

However, I honestly think it’s up to each individual cat. In the next few articles, I will share my experience with a few of them that we have tried in the past.

I don’t have the patience to read a long article so I won’t do that to you either. So, this article will review the Cat Genie. Kevin and I have used the Cat Genie (with some success…I’ll explain why it didn’t work for us). However, we are going to try it again very soon!

Before we talk about the Cat Genie, let’s get a little background about how/why cats use litter boxes.

How Did Cats Learn To Use Litter Boxes?

From the research that I did, cats have a natural instinct to cover their waste. The most popular reason is to cover their scent to protect themselves in the wild. Another option could be for hygiene to prevent the spreading of parasites.

I think it’s just amazing every time we’ve brought in a stray cat, we just have to show them where the litter box is and they will naturally use it. We brought Queso in and he’s used all the litter boxes in our house within the first three days that we had him (and he’s been a stray for at least five months).

How Many Litter Boxes Should You Have?

The base knowledge is you should have at least one litter box per cat PLUS one more. Jackson Galaxy (the guy that is on Animal Planet’s, My Cat From Hell) has a great article about litter boxes.

I’ll explain what we are using right now for litter boxes in a future article.

What Type Of Litter To Use?

I wish this question was as easy as it sounds. Again, what works for one cat might not work for another. This is a whole different article because there are so many options. We’ve tried a few different varieties. I’ll share with you what worked for us in the future.

Cat Genie 

The litter box we loved the most, but Oreo (who has since passed away RIP) didn’t, was the Cat Genie.

How It Works

It uses washable granules and scoops out the “solid” waste and grinds it up sending it out the washer drain. We had it hooked up in our laundry room with a hose that will run the water into the drain hose from your washer. You can also put it in the bathroom and have it drain into the toilet.

You can set it up to run manually (you push the button) or based on a time interval or when the kitty has left the box.

What will happen is it will scoop out the solid waste into a holding area and it gets ground up and flushed out of the Cat Genie with the water from the washing of the litter.

After the solid waste is out of the “box” it then fills with cold water to “wash” the litter. There is a SaniSolution that is put into the bowl with the water to “wash” the granules. After the litter is washed, there is hot air that is blown on the litter to dry it so the kitties don’t have to step into wet litter. The time from beginning to end is approximately 30 minutes.

Some pros and cons of the Cat Genie.

Pros:

  1. No need to scoop dirty cat litter
  2. Easy setup
  3. Cheaper than buying litter every month (granules can be reused multiple times). (It’s a big purchase price up front, but you’ll save in the long run with the cost of litter).

Cons:

  1. If you have a cat with a sensitive nose, they might not like it
  2. If you have a “large” cat they might not like it. (Our Bones would use it, but he would only put his back end into the box. His front legs would be on the floor in front of the Cat Genie)
  3. It’s a challenge to get everyone to use the cat genie. We needed to slowly get rid of our litter boxes so the only choice was the cat genie. Otherwise, they would use the litter box over the cat genie.

As I mentioned earlier, Oreo didn’t really like the cat genie. It was because he was very particular to smells. All the other kitties, even Bones who was a very large cat used the cat genie. You will need to encourage your kitties to use it. We would use some catnip in bowls near the cat genie and would use positive reinforcement when they would use the cat genie.

Final Thoughts…

At the bottom of this post are links to everything you would need to get started with the Cat Genie. I also added some links if you wanted to purchase extra supplies (to save on shipping if you don’t have Amazon Prime.)

Stay Tuned

Thanks for reading, stay tuned for more articles about self cleaning litter boxes and what we are using right now for litter boxes in our house.