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The 5 Disadvantages Of An Automatic Litter Box For Your Cat

Your cat deserves nothing but the best in the world. That’s why most cat owners give their cat food, water, and even toys they can play with. A litter box is another must-have for your cat to make her life a little better. There’s a wide variety of cat litter boxes available in the market today, all varying in size, shape and material and whether it’s automatic or regular. An automatic litter box cleans and scoops up the cat poop once your cat is finished. A regular litter box, on the other hand, lets you scoop up your cat’s wastes because the litter box will not do that for you.

So if you are buying a regular cat litter box, be prepared for the daily responsibility of cleaning it up everyday or it will smell really bad.

If you read our post 10 Benefits Of An Automatic Cat Litter Box, you might be thinking that automatic cat litter box is a wise investment and a must-have for your cat. This is not the case at all. While the prospect of not having to clean up the mess after your cat is done, not every cat will not like using it, so use your wise discretion and determine if an automatic cat litter box is a good thing.

The 5 Disadvantages Of An Automatic Litter Box For Your Cat

  1. An Automatic cat litter box is expensive. Shop online and you will see that almost every automatic cat litter box is at the 100 or more range. This is disheartening especially if you have a lot of cats, (because they can’t be fighting for space, right?) Take for example, PetSafe ScoopFree Ultra Automatic Self Cleaning Hooded Cat Litter Box. It costs $129.95. Nature’s Miracle Multi-Cat Self-Cleaning Litter Box is $139.99. I can mention every name but I don’t have to. The point is, every automatic cat litter box is expensive and it will only drain your budget if you impulse buy, only for your cats not to like them.

If you really want to buy for your cat an automatic litter box, however, just buy one and test it on your feline. Cats have particular wants and need, and some don’t like the design or the sound it makes. (See #2)

  1. An automatic cat litter box has a hood and produces a sound – both of which might terrify your cat. Automatic cat litter boxes come with a hood which may be problematic if your cat doesn’t like those. Some cats easily get anxious with a covering, because it restricts them and makes it hard for them to get out easily. The sound the automatic litter box makes could be another issue for your cat. The sound differs by brand, but it’s a signal that it’s working on separating the feces from the litter. You cat may no longer in there, of course, but once your cat hears it from her loo, it might make her think twice of using it again.
  2. You still have to dispose of the bag containing cat feces. For those excited to use an automatic cat litter box, you have to understand that you will still be exposed to the smell of cat feces because you still have to dispose of the bin that contains it. It’s a small inconvenience, but it’s nothing once you wear a face mask.
  3. An automatic cat litter box can still break down. Like every machine, an automatic cat litter box is prone to breaking down and not functioning well, depending on how it is or how you use it. Sometimes, it’s the manufacturer’s fault as well. This means so much headache, stress and anxiety. Since such situation can’t be helped, you should read the manufacturer’s refund and warranty policy so you’d know the right course of action to take if the machine breaks down.
  4. Using an automatic cat litter box could prevent you from monitoring your cat’s health. There are times when a cat’s poop or urine (or both) need to be examined by your veterinarian to determine the cause of her illnesses or to study her condition. This will not happen if you are using an automatic cat litter box, because it automatically cleans up your cat’s poop right after she eliminates. You might want to do some extra steps to ensure you catch some samples, which would be hard if you’re still using an automatic cat litter box.

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