I rescue & foster almost any animal so, of course, that means lots of cats. I have TNRs (trap, neuter, release) that remain outdoors but others are in/out. Several years ago I rescued a diseased, emaciated, blind kitten (still nursing) & her mother (who I spayed & released). The blind cat (now) has full run of the house and likes to stay upstairs a lot. I've kept 2 Littermaids upstairs for her & her buddies to use when they're upstairs.
I have physical impairments so Littermaid has been an extremely big help to me because I only have to go upstairs to empty the waste receptacle once a week.
I use premium clumping litter so I haven't had to change the litter or wash any of the litterboxes out so far.
I started out with 1 Littermaid, loved it so much I bought more. Out of 6 purchases (1 was a gift) I only had to return 1 that was defective. It has been 4 years & the downstairs one (gets used the most) motor finally went into Malfunction Junction. I've been beside myself because WalMart no longer carries them in their store - so here I am online.
Any product that has moving parts, a motor etc. is expected to have maintenence & glitches from time to time. So if I have to use the prongs on the scoop to clean the rake occasionally, that's a minute price to pay for the convenience. This product has greatly reduced my household chores and leaves me more time to focus on other things.
If one doesn't follow the manufacturer's instructions (putting in too much litter, using the wrong kind of litter, etc) it will create work for you.
I keep a super-sized scoop as well as the Littermaid scoop beside each box. The Littermaid scoop is mainly used to clean the rake. The super scoop makes cleaning the bottom much faster each time I add new litter or for the occasional times you may need to scoop the box manually.
I keep a utility rug under the box & try to make sure the cats have just enough space on one side to enter/leave the box to keep tracking to a minimum.
I double bag my WalMart shopping bags, use them to line the empty plastic bucket (with lid) that the cat litter comes in, empty the waste containers into it & take it out with the trash on garbage pick-up day. I fold a few extra bags & put in the bottom of the bucket to replace the bag that is going out in the trash.
I have a Littermaid in my livingroom & no one has ever noticed (or smelled) it. In inclement weather I have to bring multiple cats indoors. So far they all use the Littermaid without territorial spraying.
My petsitter doesn't charge me so much because she has less work to do.
I LOVE this product but my rottweiler doesn't - because of Littermaid he can no longer "snack" out of the litterbox!
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