The ScoopFree Ultra Self-Cleaning Litter Box is a self cleaning litter box with ease access, a clever crystal litter and waste containment system and a “privacy hood”, that turns this tray into an enclosed box. IT promises to give “you and your cat a consistently clean litter box you both will love”. This is quite a claim, and one that is immediately dismissible due to the mixed reviews it receives. Some love the features and performance of this box, but others see the flaws.
The automation and odor control of this cat litter box are impressive
The first benefit of this automatic cat litter box is the way that it deals with odor. It is important that designers focus on this issue as much as the presence of the waste because cats are more sensitive to the smell. Of course, there is also the fact that human owners don’t really want to have to smell it either. This box has a crystal litter for high absorbancy and quick odor elimination. All of the solid waste is locked away under a covered trap. In addition to this, there is the promise of that leak-proof tray, so all waste and odor should be safely contained until it is time to clean it out.
The other interesting thing about this product is the use of computerized, automatic elements to help users further. There is an automatic rake on the tray that works through the litter and this has an adjustable timer to increase or decrease the frequency. There is also the interesting addition of the health counter that tracks the number of times that the cat actually uses the box. This can alert users to increased or decreased use of the box and toilet habits that way indicate urinary issues or other related health problems.
Unfortunately, this raking system is not faultless, and there are those that struggle with the approach
There are mixed reviews for this ScoopFree litter system. Some of the most critical responses come from those that either see mechanical faults, used the wrong type of litter or simply found that their cats would not use it at all. This is interesting when countered with all those that find this a much more convenient measure for odor control and have cats that use it with ease.
One flaw with this approach is that the raking system can get a little dirty, with faces caught in the rake, not sifted into the box. This means a little extra cleaning than some would have liked. Still those that call this “disgusting”, have to remember the true purpose of this kitty litter box.
The faults of this ScoopFree self-cleaning box mostly lie with user preferences and habits, so there is still a lot of potential in this model
The bottom line with this product is that there are many users with the right litter, and a cat that likes the enclosed space, that find that this provides a great alternative. The main benefit in their eyes is actually the time span between cleaning, which is ideal for those that go away and don’t want to bother the cat sitter with the mess. The odor can be controlled, the mess is generally easy to clean and the design makes a lot of sense. All the automatic features and general ease of use – for both users – add to the appeal of this ScoopFree Ultra Self Cleaning Litter Box.