I have had quite an interest in this machine for some time. A few of my close friends, who are cat owners, have a Litter-Robot and I’ve heard nothing but good reviews on the product. Needless to say, I was excited to test it out myself. We’ve had the unit for about 2 weeks and so far I have nothing but good commentary.
I have to admit that I was a little concerned at the beginning as to how my cats would react to this mighty beast of a machine, however, I was pleasantly surprised. The Litter-Robot was a cinch to set up and Oreo approached the machine almost immediately to investigate. Within 30 minutes he had already used it. Onyx followed shortly after. The instructions recommend that you place it next to your current litter box and allow your cats to some time to get use to the unit. Sit with your cat(s) while the cleaning cycle is in motion and allow them to see it while gently talking to them so that they begin to get comfortable with the sound the Litter-Robot makes. It is not at all a loud sound and my cats were not afraid to watch as the Litter-Robot did a full spin cycle cleaning the used litter clumps. Once your cat(s) have used the Litter-Robot a few times, you can turn the timer on allowing it to automatically sift at a specific timed setting after each use. Once your cats are comfortable with the unit, you can remove the old litter box and begin your scoop-free days.
The whole process took my cats about 3 days, however a longer grace period is recommended. I was really pleasantly surprised at how comfortable they got with the Litter-Robot so quickly.
How it works:
Timed settings: There are three different timed settings available before the globe starts rotating. 3 minutes, 7 minutes and 15 minutes. The timer will go off as soon as your cat steps into the Litter-Robot. A sensor will detect a shift in weight inside of the globe and set the timer off to the setting you’ve chosen. If you have multiple cats, a lower setting may be more efficient as to eliminate odors as much as possible.
LED night-light: The globe automatically lights up at night with a soft blue light allowing your cats to see the unit in the dark.
8 hour sleep mode: You can set the unit so that it stops operating at night and continue operating the next day. The sleep mode will repeat each night.
Connect: The connect feature uses an app (presently only available in the US) that gives you the ability to check your cat’s Litter-Robot usage in real-time. This feature provides graphs and daily, weekly or monthly reports regarding usage. You can check the waster drawer in real-time and get a history of cleaning cycles. The connect app also allows you to trigger a cleaning cycle directly from your iphone or ipad. You can control multiple units with the connect app.
Money-Back Guarantee & Warrantee: The Litter-Robot Open Air comes with a 90 day money back guarantee and an 18 month warrantee.
In addition to these great features, a battery back-up option is also available as a separate accessory. This allows the unit to work during a power outage.
So what is my verdict on this machine? I LOVE IT! Within just a few days of using it, you will see a HUGE decrease in litter usage. This makes me very happy as it saves money on litter. The Litter Robot Open Air is a must-have for any cat owner. It makes life easy-breazy!
My only con about the unit is the physical size. If you are limited on space, it could be an issue. However when you think of how many litter boxes it can eliminate, things pretty much balance out!
For more information about The Litter-Robot Open Air please visit: https://www.litter-robot.com/ca/en/
Tina Modugno is a children’s illustrator from Canada. Tina loves all animals, kids books and cartoons! She currently resides in Quebec with her husband and four cats!