Prior to having cats as indoor pets, humans likely kept them around to hunt or scare away pests and superstitious bill collectors. Over time, it was decided that having furry predators inside the home was a good idea, so naturally bathroom facilities had to be provided for them. In the 1940s, what is known as kitty litter today was actually a brand name for the Fuller's earth that was marketed to replace the sand that had been traditionally used. In the 21st century, we have automatic litter boxes that can be used with all manner of litter compound and can even self-clean, so the cat fancier has only to dispose of the waste.
The function of all feline restrooms is the same, so it become an issue of form. Especially if they resemble toilets, like the CatGenie 120 Self-Washing, or even diving helmets, like the Litter Robot Bubble. Most are more traditional in their boxy design, such as the LitterMaid LM680C Classic Plus. Similar to the LitterMaid LM980, the LM680C contains a dual-motion sensor that determines when Felix enters and leaves the box. 10 minutes after use, it automatically scoops the waste into a sealed, disposable receptacle that features a carbon filter to absorb and remove odors. It can also be manually activated as needed. The LM680C has a detachable rake mechanism, improved high sidewalls to prevent the heartbreak of litter scatter, and waste receptacles that can be lined with plastic bags to extend their use. A carpeted ramp reduces litter tracking, a feature which is curiously absent from many automatic litter boxes.
The LM680C comes with a scoop and rake cleaner, a user manual and instruction video, 8 waste receptacles, 8 carbon filters, and is compatible with an AC adapter with battery back-up. For optimal performance, high quality clumping litter is recommended. This unit is designed for single-cat households or for married cats under 15 lbs. While users may agree on the convenience, there are complaints of this box breaking down too quickly as well as the expense of replacing the trays.
I purchased 2 of these for my 3 cats. What a joy it is to have this in my house. Even my friends notice there is no more odor. Excellent!
It is very simple to do a weekly cleaning of the rake and sensors, and once a month to empty and disinfect the box (same as I would do with a conventional litter box).
This is the best of all the Littermaid Automatic Self-Cleaing litter boxes in my estimation. It's completely assembled and very sturdy.
The inside size of the unit was a bit smaller than expected, but it works as described. The real drawback to this item would be the cost of the disposal liners.
This cat box is for my elderly mother and I have to say that this thing makes her dealings with changing the litter and cleaning out the box so much easier.
The waste does need to be changed more often and that could be expensive, but if you don't like the manual process of cleaning a litter box this should work for you.
I also like the fact that you can line the disposable trays with a bag. That way you don't have to pay trays. Very low maintenance.
Works great. just make sure the litter is at the correct depth so it can function properly and all is fine.