The makers of the PetSafe ScoopFree Self Cleaning Litter Box definitely say all the right things in the specification and product description, especially for cat owners that want as little to do with their cat litter tray as possible. This automated model has a self cleaning function, with sensors and an automated rake, to deal with waste at regular intervals. It should self clean for weeks on end before it requires human intervention. It also claims to need less litter and offer 5 times the efficiency of regular trays. This all sounds very appealing, but does it meet the expectations of users?
Does this self-cleaning model minimize the mess?
Many people are immediately won over by the idea of “scoop free” and “self cleaning” as they want a litter box where they don’t have to get their hands dirty. For the most part, this seems to work pretty well. The self-cleaning action, with the rake and waste trap, does remove the need for scooping and contains solid waste in a simple collection system. The same is true of the urine, which absorbs into the crystal litter for a more hygienic, appealing approach to removal. The problem is that some users may get slightly the wrong idea from this product and assume that it does absolutely everything in a flawless manner. The truth is that the waste container still has to be emptied and the litter has to be changed. Also there is the potential for urine to pool in the leak-proof tray and for waste to remain within the prongs of the rake.
Is this really a litter “box” if there is no lid or cover?
There are many cat owners that will see this model as more of a litter tray with added protection, rather than a true litter box. There are other models in the range that provide that secure cover and create an enclosure, but they cost a little more. The litter is in an open air tray, but the walls of the box are a little higher to avoid leaks and issues with spraying. The only covered area is that waste containment unit. The good news here is that the quality of the box and its litter means that there is rarely any issue with odor. In some cases, this mid-way point between the open tray and enclosed box could be preferable. It all depends on the habits of the cat.
Does the PetSafe ScoopFree Self Cleaning Litter Box do enough to appeal to most cat owners?
There are some clear pros and cons to this device. The most important consideration here is that despite the clever automation and waste containment systems, owners may not be able to leave the tray alone for weeks on end. It is worth checking the box regularly for a dirty rake or issues with the litter. Still, it does provide a more convenient approach with the quality of the construction and the litter. This is not the perfect approach to a self cleaning litter box – and technically isn’t a box – but still wins over a lot of fans.