Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Great Mills, MD
I have three cats, one automatic box (Nature's Miracle Multi-Cat Box), one regular.
I absolutely love it! The only reason we have the non auto box is due to a very skittish cat who was sitting next to it when it went off. She hasn't been in there since. We were cleaning our two normal boxes every other day because our oldest cat leaves very large pee clumps and the boxes were on their way to full after forty-eight hours.
The container can hold almost three days of two cats using it and there is no odor at all, whereas the normal box in the same area started to give off an odor after a day and a half. It's not jammed once, even with the big clumps left by Pudge. It's super easy to clean; push lid onto container, place in plastic bag, put new container in litter box, repeat three days later.
The containers come in a box of 18 and were less than 15.00$ for them. You can find them online for cheaper than they come at PetCo, where I bought the box and supplies.
The other thing I like is the bottom of the box is hard, hard plastic. The cats haven't scratched up the bottom and I feel as if the litter box retains the smell a bit more when there are gouge marks from the claws on the bottom for the pee to sink in and it never seems to come completely clean and fresh smelling, but I have mild OCD, so that may be a factor in it.
There are three things I don't like:
1) There's a fill line on the box. It tells you to not go over it for fear of the box jamming. I found that the litter level was too low and the rake wasn't getting to the bottom of the box where all the pee and feces settled. There seems to be small, less than 1/2" gap between the bottom of the rake and the bottom of the box. We've been experimenting with adding a bit more litter every time and the box seems to function better with the additional litter.
2) You have to scrape the litter using a regular scoop once every so often. Sometimes, the pee gets to the bottom and because of the gap, it doesn't get raked up. Also, if there are small pieces of feces, they can slip through the teeth in the rake and not get put in the container. It's very minimal. We've had the auto-box for about a month now and I've only ever found pee on the bottom twice and the occasional piece of feces gets through.
3) Every once in a while, you have to brush the litter off the track. It just piles up on there and it lifts the rake, not allowing it to go through the litter as well.
All of the negatives are things that, I've maybe done once or twice this month. I did a good clean today; rake was clean, so I didn't have to worry about that other than just wiping with a clorox wipe to get the litter dust off, brushed off the tracks which took less than thirty seconds, ran the scoop through the litter and found no errant clumps, took out the container and added a new one, wiped off the outside, added more litter and was done. Took me less than ten minutes.
Cleaning the other box was more time consuming, even though not all three cats are using it regularly. My hubby didn't want an auto-box because he had several before that stopped working within a month or two. He has always had 3-5 cats and they were the multi cat version, but they still died quickly.
Hope this helps.
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