Scooping cat litter may seem like another annoying chore that you cannot put off for long, especially if you have multiple cats. Add to this a job that demands frequent travels and you have a serious problem which needs to be tackled urgently.
Trust me, returning home after a week and being greeted by the putrid smell of droppings and urine all around the house isn’t the most pleasant experience. For the faint-hearted, that’s reason enough to not own pets at all. But the problem is not as grave as it first seems. All you need is an automatic litter box that will contain the smell and allow you to leave your pets unattended for days without bothering about litter.
The ScoopFree Ultra Self-Cleaning Litter Box is an automated litter box that self-cleans, contains odor and lets you dispose the litter without ever touching it with your hands. If you always dreaded litter disposal and made a mess of it, then ScoopFree is just what the doctor ordered.
The ScoopFree Ultra Self-Cleaning Litter Box with its minimalist design is testimony that you do not need fancy looking gizmos to allow your kitties to take a dump. It comes with an optional hood attachment intended for privacy-seeking felines who refuse to do it in the open. If your cat does not take a liking to the appearance of the litter box with the privacy hood attached, then you can just remove it.
The privacy hood is a wonderful option for litter kickers, though. It prevents the litter from being splattered on your walls.
The company also provides you with a set of instructions to acclimatize your pet with the litter box, which is pretty effective. If your kitten scampers at the sound of the machine or after seeing the rounded hood, you can use some of these instructions to get them used to it.
There are just a handful of controls, which are pretty self-explanatory.
The litter box is almost ready-to-use out of the box. Just plug it into an electrical outlet and you are set.
The ScoopFree Ultra Self-Cleaning Litter Box completely automates the cleaning process and dumps the waste into a contained compartment that can be disposed straight away and replaced.
A built-in raking system can be programmed to clean the droppings 5, 10 or 20 minutes after the cat leaves the litter box. If you have multiple pets that often use the litter box at the same time, you can use the 20 minute setting, which is usually sufficient for up to 3 cats.
However, if your cat decides to enter the litter box again, the timer will be automatically reset. You don’t have to worry that your cat will be caught in the middle of a raking process.
The ScoopFree Ultra also features a health counter, which tracks the cat’s litter habits every day. This helps you keep track if the cat has any behavioral changes which need medical attention.
Disposing the litter is as easy as removing the litter tray and dumping it in your waste bin. The tray has a leak-proof lining that prevents messy leaks during disposal and also offers up to 5x better odor control thanks to the crystal litter it uses.
What we liked about it
A lot of pet parents get thrown off by the seemingly barebones design of the ScoopFree Litter Box. However, it is one of the most effective automated litter cleaning solutions in the world. Period!
- Simple box like design that cats get adjusted to in minutes
- Optional privacy hood attachment that prevents litter splatter
- Ready-to-use out of the box; just plug it into an electrical outlet and you are set
- Uses crystal litter, which offers much better odor control than clay litter
- Automatic raking starts after 5, 10 or 20 minutes after the cat exits the box
- Dumps the waste into a disposable waste box with a leak-proof lining
- Hands-off waste disposal. You will never come into contact with the cat’s waste
- Built-in health counter that lets you track your cat’s litter habits
- Allows you to leave the litter box unattended for days
- Can be combined with an anti-tracking litter mat, which prevents the litter from being tracked all around the house
What we didn’t
If you have more than 2 cats, the disposable litter trays can fill up in just 7-10 days. The replacement is not the cheapest, either. Having said that, for the convenience it brings, the price is justified, to be honest. Doesn’t leak, doesn’t clog and you won’t have litter crystals all around the house. Totally worth it.
Verdict: The ScoopFree Litter Box is the best budget-priced automated litter cleaning solution currently in the market. It is priced much lower than other automatic litter boxes, but offers the same ease-of-use and automation! Go for it.