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Littermaid LM980 Mega Self-Cleaning Litter Box
- Strong, durable drive mechanism
- Extra-large size with high side walls
- Designed for multi-cat households or for cats over 15 lbs
- Removable automatic rake for easy cleaning. Compatible with an AC adapter with battery backup
- Safety bar to stop rake in case of blockage
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From the manufacturer
You love your cat but cleaning up after them can be quite the burden. Even the most dedicated cat owner doesn't love their litter box.
LitterMaid(R) products work to provide you and your cat with the best litter experience possible. The self-cleaning technology takes the dirty work out of pet parenting!
LitterMaid(R) Multi-Cat Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box
Take the dirty work out of pet parenting!
The LitterMaid(R) Multi-Cat Self-Cleaning Litter Box lets you keep a clean litter box without having to stop and scoop the litter every day. Setup is quick and easy and the self-cleaning technology allows you to spend less time in the litter box and more time together.
The LitterMaid(R) Multi-Cat Self-Cleaning Litter Box is larger, to accommodate households with multiple cats.
How it works
The sensor must be blocked for at least 10 seconds while your cat uses the litter box. As your cat exits the box, the sensor becomes unblocked and initiates the Cleaning cycle.
Once initiated the Cleaning cycle will officially begin after 10 minutes to ensure your cat is no longer in the box.
Note: If you cat re-enters the box during the wait time, the sensor will trigger again and the 10 minutes will start over.
During the Cleaning cycle, the automatic rake will move forward and back to scoop waste clumps into the waste receptacle, which will then keep waste and odors contained until it is time to replace it.
Begin by preparing the waste receptacle. Place the receptacle underneath the compartment cover in the space provided. Make sure that the front edge is under the 5 tabs on the front edge of the litter tray.
Attach the waste receptacle lid by inserting the PUSH tabs into the round holes on the compartment cover. Secure the lid by slipping the edges under the tabs on the waste receptacle compartment cover.
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For over a decade LitterMaid has been a leader in providing practical litter box solutions, so you and your cat can have the freshest, cleanest environment possible with the least amount of hassle. LitterMaid is constantly striving to provide cats with the best place to do their business. The LitterMaid 980 Multi-Cat Self-Cleaning Litter Box is a tidy and healthy way to keep your home smelling fresh by using LitterMaid's automatic litter box to contain feline waste. It features motion-detecting sensors and a removable rake. Tall side walls protect your floor from any spray, while the textured exit ramp helps remove any stray residue from the bottom of your cat’s paws. Designed to accommodate up to two cats, this high-capacity two-cat litter box comes with 4 LitterMaid odor reducing Carbon Filters and 4 sealed waste receptacles. With ease of use in mind and convenience for you the LitterMaid Multi-Cat Self Cleaning Litter Box makes an excellent addition to any cat owner’s home.
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After reading a multitude of reviews on each product, I was armed with "tricks" to avoid the common pitfalls with this particular box. Here they are:
COMMON COMPLAINT: "Having to buy accessories like new waste receptacles"
SOLUTION: One lady advised to line the waste receptacle with a plastic bag instead of just disposing of it when it was full. Genius - this works beautifully!
COMMON COMPLAINT: "Litter falls all over the floor as it rakes into the waste receptacle"
SOLUTION: Another lady advised (possibly the same one) advised using a piece of good adhering tape to the gap space that remains between the box and the waste receptacle (photos of what I do are attached). There is indeed a gap and litter will indeed fall through onto the floor underneath it. Again, genius - this works beautifully! If you're into buying accessories, LitterMaid does make an accessory that supposedly takes care of this. Littergard for Littermaid Litter Box | Eliminates Messy Litter Under Unit | Use with Modified Littermaid Receptacle to Eliminate Receptacle Replacements
COMMON COMPLAINT: "Motor not strong enough to dislodge pee balls stuck to the bottom of the box"
SOLUTION: There is an old wives tale that states spraying pam cooking spray on a new litter box and dusting with baking powder prevents pee balls from "sticking" to the bottom of the box. This actually did help. I don't see much sticking, maybe a minute amount. Again - GENIUS!
COMMON COMPLAINT: "Motor struggles and stops without raking all the waste out"
SOLUTION: Use the right litter. I learned from all the reviews I read that what is needed is a happy balance between how hard the litter clumps and how heavy it is after it clumps, and how well the raking tines work on the litter box. If the litter doesn't clump hard enough, the rakes will break up the pee balls and make pee litter trails as it returns back to its resting position. Alternatively, if the litter clumps too hard or becomes too heavy after clumping, the tines will struggle to scoop them and overwork the motor (which is probably the main cause of those complaints that the motor doesn't last long).
I started out using the Tidy Cat Multiple Cat litter (blue lid, not the black lid, and not the "lightweight" version). This litter did not clump hard enough for the rake tines to catch all of the waste. It left trails of dirty litter after raking. I switched to Scoop Away Super Clump hard clumping litter (one of the brands recommended by the manufacturer). This litter works very well. Waste left behind by the rakes is minimal and the motor doesn't struggle to rake the waste. I would definitely be mindful of the "fill-to" line. If you fill over that line, you will tax the motor and probably reduce the motor's life. Smell is really nonexistent. Scoop Away Super Clump with Ammonia Shield, Scented Cat Litter, 25 Pound Carton
COMMON COMPLAINT: "Litter all over the floor around the box"
SOLUTION: I don't see a lot of litter on the floor around the box. If you have a "digger" who likes to dig before peeing or bury after peeing, I can see that as with any box, there will be litter pushed up over the edge of the box. I think folks who complained of that with this box also had the problem with other boxes. It's a flaw in the cat, not in the box. :o) Get the cover.
COMMON COMPLAINT: "I still have to scoop litter!"
SOLUTION: I have 2 cats and have to empty the waste receptacle every other day. Follow the manufacturer's guidelines to minimize any manual scooping. I really don't have to scoop except for inspection to make sure everything off the bottom has been scooped - and it generally has been.
Box is not deep enough to hold litter at least 3 inches deep, so cat urine soaks down through the litter and sticks on the bottom of the box. The plastic rake tines that are supposed to scoop are both too far apart and too weak to really scrape off the sticky clay/urine combo, and so the rake scrapes through it leaving some stuck on the bottom of the box and some raked in to the waste receptacle.
Sometimes the rake just breaks apart the clumps when it meets resistance from clay stuck to the bottom, and nothing gets scooped in to the waste area!
Box itself is a little too short, thus you get cat waste of both types at the very end, sometimes stuck in the rake, and heaven help you if your cats do anything on the rake, because then the rake scoops out what is in front and then returns and smashes the clay clumps or other waste between the back of the rake and the end of the box.
The rake is set at the wrong angles as well and so sometimes the clumps go in the waste area and sometimes they just fall right back in to the box.
The motor on the rake is also too weak to scoop anything if you fill it to the "MAX" litter line, which is less than two inches deep.
1) Use stainless steel rake tines.
2) Narrow the distance between rake tines.
3) Change the angle of the scoop to actually scoop and not "sweep".
4) Deepen the litter capability
5)Elongate the litter box area by about 3 inches
6) Increase motor strength.
That would be worth it and I would pay more to have that.