One of the least fun parts of owning multiple cats is having to clean their litter box. That’s why finding the best self-cleaning litter box for multiple cats is a must.
Not only is the cleaning process messy, but the exposure to toxic fumes can pose a risk to your health.
If you have several kitties, you have to double or triple your cleaning efforts and brace for the dangers. Short of ordering a hazmat suit, your best option is to get a self-cleaning litter box.
We've rounded up 4 of the best models on the market at the moment. Keep reading for all the details.
Litter-Robot III Open-Air
This product is loaded with features that make cat litter disposal easy and efficient.
The unit saves money, both on
maintenance and cat litter, and
reduces odor better than most.
Having a self-cleaning litter box can make your life a lot easier and much safer.
In addition to the constant attention required for cleaning your cats' litter box, if you get busy or forget, it's bad news for your cats and for the whole family.
Luckily, automatic self-cleaning litter boxes take care of this problem for you. The units do all the hard work and your intervention is not generally required.
They can self-clean both solid matter and cat urine for weeks, without the need for you to scoop, clean or refill.
This means no more odor, as the waste is raked into disposable waste trays that can be safely removed and replaced.
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Automatic self-cleaning litter boxes should do just that: self-clean without human intervention.
So what should you look for in a self-cleaning unit for multiple cats?
Here are some features that are a must. Your litter box should:
- Self-clean for weeks
- Control odors
- Automatically rake waste in a closed waste compartment
- Be suitable for more than one cat
- Be easy to use and maintain
- Be durable and affordable
Other features, like counters to keep track of how many times your cats use the box, are also very helpful.
PetSafe ScoopFree Ultra Self-Cleaning Cat Litter Box
This litter box gives "self-cleaning" a new meaning. It doesn’t require any human intervention for weeks, which is fantastically convenient.
There’s an automatic timer for the rake and it’s adjustable. The disposable trays come filled with absorbing crystals that not only feel natural for the cats to do their business, but also cut down on odor drastically.
The crystals absorb moisture much more effectively than other litter boxes. And for shy kittens, there’s a privacy hood to keep them hidden and prevents litter tracking.
The automatic raking does a good job of isolating the solid waste into sealed compartments for better odor control.
You can adjust the cleaning to 5, 10 or 20 minutes after the cat is done. And even if the cat re-enters the unit, the timer has sensors that will reset the timing.
- Crystal litter absorbs urine 5 times better than clay or clumping litter
- Easy to set up
- Adjustable cleaning cycle time delay for 5, 10 or 20 minutes
- Private hood makes for a secluded bathroom
- Simple design compared with other brands
- Comes with a health counter that tracks the number of times your cat uses the box
Why it’s great for cat owners
The disposable trays keep the box odor free. Odor is the main gripe of cat owners, so controlling it will make your household cleaner and fresher.
The disposable crystal litter is ideal for absorbing cat urine, as it is 5-times more effective at reducing odor. It's also good for cats that like to dig.
The unit has safety sensors which can reset the rake timer if the cat re-enters the box.
And of course, it's self-cleaning, which saves owners from the daily hassle of scooping and cleaning.
CatGenie Self Washing Self Flushing Cat Box
CatGenie does a wonderful job of turning your cat’s bathroom into a very hygienic place, by making cleaning into an efficient methodical process.
It starts by liquefying the solid waste, so it's easy to dispose of in the drain or toilet. Then, using water and the in-built sanitary solution, it scrubs and washes the litter-like washable granules and cat area. When the unit is clean, the heat dryer turns on to dry the granules and make the unit ready for next use.
Because the CatGenie auto-washes and auto-dries itself, you’ll need both a water supply and electricity source to set it up. You can program it to clean up automatically 4 times a day, or you can set it to be cat activated. It will start cleaning when the cat is done.
This model accommodates up to three different cats.
- Box auto-flushes waste and auto-washes cleans itself
- Washable granules are better than clay litter, which satisfies cats that like to dig
- Suitable for up to 3 cats of average size and 6 months or older
- Easy to integrate with bathroom or laundry room
- Adjustable activation options
- Totally dust-free
- Recyclable cartridges
- Fully automatic litter box
Why it's great for cat owners
This is the perfect product for people who don't want to dispose of litter. The self-flushing system makes it unique, as it works just like a normal bathroom.
It can accommodate multiple cats, which is ideal for cat lovers with more than one furry friend.
There’s also a 2-year warranty, and the unit comes with a sanitary solution cartridge and 1 box of washable granules.
And best of all, the activation system fully automates the cleaning process, so you don't doesn’t have to get involved in any way.
Omega Paw Self-Cleaning Litter Box
Unlike CatGenie, the Omega Paw self-cleaning litter box doesn’t require a water supply, and it is both affordable and effective.
Its design is simple, yet gets the job done. That being said, it's worth noting that, unlike the other brands on this list, this one is not fully automatic. This means it still requires human intervention.
It operates by rotating to collect the solid waste into a removable scoop. Because of its minimalistic design and lack of mechanical parts, it is cost-effective for cat owners who just need a self-cleaning litter box.
That said, it offers more space for cats than other brands, making it a better choice for households with large and/or multiple cats.
It also has a patented grill that separates clean litter from waste, which works well in reducing odors and cutting down on dust.
- Easy to use and clean
- Doesn’t need electricity or filters
- Uses a grill to separate waste from clean litter
- Easy to set up and assemble
- Litter box rolls to the right to self clean
- Easy to dispose of waste in the pull-out tray
- Suitable for multiple and big cats
Why it's great for cat owners
This model offers great bang for your buck. It’s the least expensive of those we reviewed here, and it doesn’t require a power source or many mechanical parts, so it’s power-efficient.
We also love how it's easy to use and assemble, simple to operate, and generally hassle-free.
If you have large cats or multiple cats, then this roomy litter box will serve you well.
For those who want more value for their money, the Omega Paw does a great job of containing dust and controlling odor.
Litter-Robot III Open-Air Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box
- Perfect for households with
- Little-to-no maintenance required
- Special indicator lets you know when the waste drawer is full
- Created using the latest technology and customer feedback
This is a next-generation self-cleaning litter box for cat owners with multiple cats.
It may be more expensive, but the price is more than justified when you learn about all the features.
It is extremely sturdy, with plenty of high-tech features, plus a night light and a larger opening for easy access. It is extremely reliable and will help you save up to 50% on cat litter.
Unlike other brands that use rakes, the Litter-Robot III doesn’t require you to scrape urine clumps off the bottom of the pane. And because of its round design, with no corners or edges, you won’t have accidents where cat feces gets stuck on the sides or edges.
- Self-cleaning and fully automatic litter box
- Saves up to 50% of cat litter
- Suitable for multiple cats
- Automatic night light
- Large entry for big cats
- Highly durable
- Easy maintenance
- No special accessories required
Because it’s fully automated, you won’t need to even the litter manually to make it work. With this unit, there’s no piling up of litter or the need to spread it out.
One other distinctive feature of the Little-Robot III is its efficiency. You won’t need to buy specific supplies from the brand. Any good clumping litter and any sturdy trash bags will do. And because it saves 50% of cat litter, you won’t need to buy much of that anyway.
Why it's great for cat owners
This is the porsche of self-cleaning litter boxes. We love how you can set it up and forget about for days. It is fully automated, easy to use and maintain, and very efficient. It doesn’t require special supplies and it saves you money on cat litter. Despite the initial investment, it will save you money in the long run and is well worth it.
Before you buy a self-cleaning litter box you should acquaint yourself with the different brands on offer. Consider the number of cats you own and their size before you decide on the right unit for you.
While some units are less expensive, others are fully automated and could save you a lot of hassle and money down the road.
You should also evaluate the ease of use. Self-cleaning units should make cleaning up after your cat as easy as can be. No doubt that one of the models reviewed here is exactly what your kitties need.
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