“I love cleaning the litter box” said no cat owner ever. Clearly, a self-cleaning litter box is a fantastic concept but which one to choose? Today we’re going to look at one of the more popular options: The Littermaid Self-Cleaning litter box. We’ll talk about the various models available and see how they measure up to the task.
What is The Littermaid Self-Cleaning Litter Box?
This is one of the first self-cleaning boxes to hit the market. It’s old enough to have newer versions and models. They all use the same mechanical process though by which a rake goes through the litter to take out waste and deposit it in a designated waste receptacle.
All available models today use a sensor to know when Kitty used the litter box so the box gets cleaned 10 minutes later. The sensor also notices if a cat enters the box during the process of cleaning and if that happens, it stops the motor to prevent accidents.
The Littermaid comes with four or eight waste receptacles. You use them one at a time and you don’t have to replace them after each use. Many owners just thoroughly wash the receptacles and re-use. Others line the receptacle with disposable plastic bags to keep the container itself clean. There are even custom-fit plastic bags that are made specifically for the Littermaid.
This short video by the manufacturer shows just how the Littermaid works –
Let’s take a look at the three available Littermaid models to learn more about each one of them. Note that model numbers can be confusing here because Littermaid appears to have generated a bunch of models over the years. Before making a purchase, double and triple check that the item you’re ordering is in fact the one you need and want.
Generally speaking though, Littermaid has two lines. The regular box with and the larger multi-cat box.
The Classic Littermaid Self-Cleaning Litter Box
The most basic Littermaid model certainly does the work. The LM580 comes with the scooping rake and 4 waste receptacles. The box isn’t huge but it’s large enough for an average sized cat measuring at 17.2″ x 24.3″. It does have relatively high walls that are just over 9″ tall which helps keep litter inside the tray.
Just like any other Littermaid, it’s equipped with a sensor that identifies your cat’s presence in the box. 10 minutes after Kitty’s last visit the system will start its cleaning cycle so no waste lingers around long enough to create an odor problem.
You may come across a “plus” version of this box. The same size and same number of waste receptacles but the “Plus” version also offers a ramp. The ramp helps your cat get in and out of the box – which could be important if you’re looking for a litter box for senior cats. Regardless of your kitty’s agility and climbing abilities, the ramp lets the cat “wipe” off those little paws on the way out of the box, reducing litter tracking in your home.
Classic Mega Multi-Cat Self-Cleaning Automatic Litter Box
Also known as the Multi-Cat Littermaid, this is the larger version of the Littermaid. The size of the tray is 27″ x 17.5″ x 8.5″, so a good few inches longer and a little bit wider. This box comes with a paw cleaning ramp and some version come with a mat included in the package.
Otherwise, this works just like any other littermaid. Once out of the package, you put it together, place clumping litter in the tray and voila. Wait for Kitty to use the box and watch the Littermaid clean itself 10 minutes later.
Tips For Using Littermaid Self-Cleaning Litter Box
Use quality clumping litter. Opt for litter that clumps quickly and effectively so the rake can collect the clump without the urine leaving a residue on the rake itself.
Avoid overfilling the tray with litter. This is because the rake might jam and it could create a loud noise. This instance could scare the cat.
Is there a covered version for the Littermaid?
Sort of. While there is no plastic hood that locks into the box as would be the case with an actual covered litter box, you can actually purchase a “tent” for the Littermaid. This cover seems to be available only with a complete Littermaid kit, including additional receptacles and carbon filters and also a mat which you may or may not need.
Users don’t seem to be very happy with the privacy tend, mainly because it doesn’t fit every version of the Littermaid. Check it out here to see if it might be a good fit for yours.
The Littermaid Self-Cleaning Litter Box Pros and Cons
Other than the fact this box cleans itself and saves you on scooping, here are some other benefits for getting a Littermaid –
It’s quiet – owners of this box comment on how quiet it is. Even if Kitty decides to use the box in the middle of the night, you should have an uninterrupted night’s sleep in the next room.
A quiet motor also means this box can be attractive enough for a timid cat too.
Durability – people who owned this and other litter boxes commented on how durable and long lasting the Littermaid is.
According to some reviewers, some types of litter appear to be too heavy for the Littermaid, especially if you fill the box high up.
So, there you have it. The Littermaid is a reliable and durable product that’s been around the block for a while now. Many cat owners have been using the different version of this self-cleaning litter box and most seem to be very happy with it. Definitely a good option if you’re looking to buy an automated litter box.