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PetSafe ScoopFree Self Cleaning Litter Box
- Self-cleans for weeks with no scooping, cleaning, or refilling
- Crystal litter absorbs urine and dehydrates waste to instantly remove odors
- Covered trap locks away solid waste and odor so you never touch or see smelly waste
- Uses a completely disposable leak-proof tray with lid for quick, hygienic cleanup
- Pairs great with with the ScoopFree Anti-Tracking Litter Mat
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About the ScoopFree Self-Cleaning Litter Box
The ScoopFree Self-Cleaning Litter Box is an innovative, automatic litter box that stays fresh and clean without the hassle. Instead of scooping every day, the litter box does all the work for you! Clean-up is as easy as placing the lid on the disposable tray and throwing it away. ScoopFree gives you and your cat a consistently clean litter box you both will love.
- Self-cleans for weeks with no scooping, cleaning, or refilling
- 5x more effective at reducing odors than clay or clumping litter
- Uses 5-10x less litter than other litter boxes
- Crystal are low-tracking and 99% dust free
How It Works
The ScoopFree Self-Cleaning Litter Box is easy to use and can be left alone for weeks at a time. Simply load it with the disposable litter tray pre-filled with crystal litter, plug it in, and watch it work.
Sensors detect when your cat uses the litter box and start the rake timer.
During this time, the crystals work to absorb moisture and odors and start dehydrating solid waste. Twenty minutes later, the automatic rake sweeps through the litter, pushing waste into the covered waste trap and locking away odors.
Every few weeks as needed, remove the disposable tray, cover it with the lid, and throw it away for a quick, hygienic cleanup.
Acclimating Your Cat to the ScoopFree Litter Box
Most cats will easily adapt to the ScoopFree Self-Cleaning Litter Box, but some cats may need an adjustment period to get acclimated. Here are some tips that may help your cat with the transition:
1. Place the new ScoopFree litter box next to your cat’s current litter box, allowing them to have access to both boxes for at least a week.
2. Add a few handfuls of your cat’s old, unused litter to the new crystal litter tray. You can also add some of the crystal litter to their current box.
3. Stop cleaning your cat’s old litter box, allowing it to remain dirty. Since cats prefer a clean litter box, so this will help make the new ScoopFree litter box more appealing.
4. Once your cat has transitioned to the ScoopFree box, remove their old box.
For kittens less than 6 months old, leave the litter box unplugged and scoop waste until they are over 6 months. This way, they can get used to using the ScoopFree litter box without any risks.
- ScoopFree Self-Cleaning Litter Box
- 1 Bag of Original Scent Litter
- 1 Disposable Litter Tray with Lid
Tips for Maximizing the Life of Your Crystal Litter Trays
1. Place the ScoopFree litter box away from areas of high humidity, such as bathrooms, showers, and basements. Since the crystal litter controls odor by absorbing moisture, having extra moisture in the air will shorten the life of the tray. Try placing it in a room with moving air to pull away moisture, like a room with a fan.
2. If your cat consistently urinates in the same spot, try stirring the crystals occasionally to help distribute saturated crystals.
3. Cats with diets that are high in crude fiber and ash content will produce more solid waste, which can prematurely fill the waste trap. Consider changing your cat’s diet to a food with no byproducts or fillers.
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ScoopFree is the self-cleaning litter box you can leave alone for weeks at a time. It is the only self-cleaning litter box that uses disposable litter trays to provide hands-off convenience and unbeatable odor control. You don't have to see, touch, or smell messy waste. Simply load ScoopFree with the disposable litter tray pre-filled with Premium Blue Crystals. When your cat uses the litter box, the crystals immediately absorb moisture and odor and begin to dehydrate solids. Twenty minutes later, ScoopFree's rake automatically sweeps the waste into a covered compartment, leaving the litter smelling clean and fresh. Simply replace the disposable tray every few weeks, and the litter box is just like new.
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DirectionsScoopFree is the self-cleaning litter box you can leave alone for weeks at a time. It is the only self-cleaning litter box that uses disposable litter trays to provide hands-off convenience and unbeatable odor control. You don’t have to see, touch, or smell messy waste. Includes disposable litter tray pre-filled with ScoopFree Crystal Litter. Disposable litter trays have plastic lining that creates a barrier to help protect against leakage. Sensors automatically reset the 20-minute rake timer if your cat re-enters the litter box. Rigorously tested in our lab for more than 100,000 cycles without failure or jamming. Anti-tracking carpet sold separately. Recommended litter tray replacements: At least once every 20-30 days for one cat, every 10-15 days for 2 cats, every 7-10 days for 3 cats.
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1st Week Impressions. The cat is reluctant to use it at first, but eventually does. The unit is very large and the rake keeps the crystals very evenly spread. I'm happy. This may be the solution I've always needed. There isn't much spillage outside the box, which is positive, and it's easy to see the blue crystals that do spill making it easier to clean them up.
1st Month Impressions. Doesn't last 30 days. On Day 14 had a *very* foul odor when I was stirring it up. Then, the replacement cartridges doubled in price on me, throwing off my calculations as to how affordable this would be in the long run. Plus, I'm thinking it needs to be replaced at least every 20 days in reality based on that odor at Day 14. I'm upset that it's going to cost me three times as much as I thought it would. The box is so large it's hard to fit in a plastic garbage bag and there's nothing to keep the lid closed so it spills out when doing the transfer. I end up using a second garbage bag to be sure. I also get the privacy hood partly for my cat and partly to see if it cuts down on the litter that spills out of the box or cuts down on odor.
2nd Month Impressions. OK, maybe it wasn't as bad as I thought. This is very hassle-free. The foul odor is only a problem if I stir up the crystals to examine the bottom of the tray. If I just don't do that, there's no odor problem. The duration may be fine then since it's a matter of how fast the front bin fills up, not how bad the odor gets. So, I'm thinking 30 days again. I did notice in the first month that some white fungus or something was growing on the poop when I pulled back the bin to look at it. I'm not sure if this is a problem or not. I don't want spores to affect the air quality in my house. In fairness to the unit, it may have been the air quality in my house that caused the fungal growth in the first place: I have mushrooms outside my house frequently. I'd like to run my air filter when I change the litter next time to start from a blank slate. The privacy hood is a bust. I don't know why, but my cat actually throws out more crystals with the hood on vs. off. It's thrown in a straight line, yes, but it's a lot more crystals. I don't think there's any noticeable difference with the odor with it on or off. Mostly I've learned not to stir the crystals and so far I haven't had that really foul odor again. I can get a whiff of something kind of bad which I think is the poop but that's also another issue where if I keep my distance, it's not a problem. I do kind of wish the partition more fully closed off the poop bin. It's not completely sealed off from the open air. I'm noticing some poop is baked on the rake, something I've read other people say happens sometimes. I'm not sure if that will become a problem or not, but so far I'm willing to overlook it.
Size/Shape. This is much bigger than I imagined. I guess that's good for the cat and may be good for keeping litter inside. There is a drawback, though, which is that the cartridges (the box you dispose of) are also very large. If you've ever tried to put a large pizza box in a plastic garbage bag, you know how annoying that can be. This disposal box is even bigger than a large pizza box. Mostly the problem is that it's very long, making it hard to pull the garbage bag closed around it. I wish it could have been a few inches shorter.
Operation. The unit works fine and makes about as much noise as you'd expect (which fascinates the cat, by the way). The rake pushes the poop to a front compartment and when it gets near, the purple bit lifts up a cardboard separator (it's attached with magnets) and allows the poop to come in. The weird thing is that the separator doesn't seem to close 100%. It's one of those 'close enough' things. I suppose that's fine but it makes me wonder about air quality (maybe it helps the poop to dry out but it also means the odor particles can travel freely back and forth). I would not recommend the fancier version (ultra) that goes off after only five minutes because even with this version (normal), my cat's poop has gotten baked on to the rake in a few places. My cat's diet is dry food and treats.
Replacing Cartridges. The main box is so big and bulky that it's not a trivial matter to lift it up to get the cartridge out. The commercials show it looking easier than it is. I'm a bit surprised there is no better way to do this. It's a minor nit to pick, but anything that's 'automatic' should know those sorts of touches are important to the consumers of 'automatic' stuff.
Crystals. I'm undecided on this whole concept still. The crystals do soak up moisture fairly well, but I can still see yellowish coloration sometimes. Also, as previously mentioned, be careful stirring up the crystals. I did it out of curiosity and what I found was that as the crystals absorb moisture, they become smaller and end up sifting to the bottom of the tray. However, when you stir it up and expose the bottom of the tray, you also aggravate a lot of the urine odor which isn't 100% absorbed/locked in, just 95% absorbed. The 5% was really foul, though, and made me almost retch. In a way, though, it's clever to let the urine filter down into crystals while only raking the poop forward. The problem with clumping litter (clay) is that it would clump and make a mess for the rake to push through. So, I can kind of accept this solution, imperfect as it is, when looking at the bigger picture.
Cat Compatibility. My cat seems to be okay with this box. I think he is hesitant to pee in it, though, and I think it's because when he gets ready to go, he claws/digs into a bit. It's possible this stirs up the odor the same way it did for me and that might signal to him that it's not a clean spot to go in. I'm not sure what to do about that, though. I have no way to tell him 'don't stir it up'. I may layer on extra crystals and lightly stir it up to help further bury the odorous layer but it says not to add extra crystals, so I'm not sure.
Dust. The blue crystals do cut down significantly on dust. If you have problems with dust in your house from clay based litters, then this may be of interest to you. My mom has a traditional (non-automatic) litter box for her cat, but she is a convert to the blue crystals and swears by them. All because of the dust. The dust issue has never been a big deal for me, but I can attest that the crystals have basically zero dust to worry about. The drawback is you lose the clumping aspect and maybe lose odor control to some degree. My mom has never complained about odor so I'm not sure why our experiences are so different. Anyway, if you're just looking at the dust angle, you have to score the blue crystals as the winner.
Recommendation. I think it depends on your priorities. If your priority is odor control, beware of stirring and rogue whiffs of foul odor. I've found the traditional mix of clay and crystals in a normal (non-automatic) box to be good on odor control. If your priority is hassle-free, then you're in my shoes and the key issue is then what's the lesser of all the different evils when it comes to automatic cat boxes. I had the rolling kind and found it not 'hassle-free' enough for my taste. Now, I'm trying this rake system with the blue crystals. I think it's better and I'll stick with it for a while since I've invested so much into it (the cost of the box and six months supply of the replacement cartridges). I may consider taping up the disposal box somehow instead of bagging it (or getting bigger bags) and it's still an open question how often I should clean the rake (or whether I can just keep scraping off chunks with my scoops and letting it clean itself by rubbing against the blue crystals). I can tolerate a little odor and this unit doesn't produce too much unless you mess with it. I cannot tolerate hassle, though, and this seems good on that front (with the caveats as noted). Is this the perfect solution or ultimate/best design for an automatic cat box? No, probably not. But it's the best I've found so far. Also, note that you can buy generic blue crystals and a permanent cartridge if you don't like the replacement cartridges for whatever reason. I may explore that option in the future once I run out of the cartridges.
Explanation of Score: I took off one star because the surprise price hike in the replacement cartridges and I took another star off to indicate various imperfections (such as the foul odor from stirring). I know nothing is perfect, but I hate surprises. I hope this review will help you make an informed decision whatever you end up deciding.
Update: July 2017. Originally purchased in October 2013.
1. I probably overstated the foul odor problem. I am careful not to stir it up and no longer have that problem at all.
2. The boxes do fit fine in garbage bags now that I have practiced it, it's not a problem at all.
3. My cat is totally used to it now.
Issues Not Mentioned Before
4. The blue crystals will be tracked out of the box and around the house. I've used the hood and mats and all that jazz but in the end some crystals will inevitably be found around the house. Since they are bright blue, they're easy to spot and clean up if you're so inclined. I got a Roomba and it works like a charm, but you may still find crystals on the stairs or other annoying places. This wasn't a big deal to me but just a friendly heads-up. Also, stepping on them barefoot is not as bad as stepping on LEGOs, but it is annoying.
5. I've gotten some comments saying that you need to clean the litter box more often than I have been. My cat hasn't gotten sick, but I don't want anyone to make their cats unhealthy based on my (bad) example. I was a horrible slob back then so for me it was better than the alternative of a regular litter box that I severely neglected. However, I've changed my ways and so I can probably afford to pay extra attention to the little box and clean it more often.
6. This unit has been a real workhorse, but recently the motor is starting to sound different and the rake struggles a little bit to make its passes. It still works, though. If it ever stops working, I'll add another update.
7. It's true that the replacement trays were originally about half the current price. However, I've noticed that it has stayed relatively stable now for a few years (about $90 for a six pack or about $45 for three pack). Also, I used to get the six packs but now that I'm living in a smaller area and have to walk a long way from the office where the mail is held, the three packs seem more practical. The six pack is moderately heavy.
8. If I could have one wish for a feature to improve the physical design, it would be to give it two handles projecting forward from the front or side of the box on each side to make lifting it up easier and more sanitary (I don't like to touch so close to the poop bin). The magnet system could also be a bit better for the same reason (not wanting to touch so close to the poop bin).
So, I mostly maintain my initial opinion on the product. There were a few points that I think, in retrospect, were blown out of proportion/easily avoidable. However, there were also the sorts of issues that you only appreciate after years of using the product, and hopefully I've filled in that gap now with the update.
Bought this after much review and thought to replace our 8-year-old automatic LitterMaid brand litter box, which worked like a charm right to the end. When it started groaning and grinding, we knew it was on its last legs and decided to replace it, but the negative reviews about the newer version of that product prevented us from purchasing it again. Instead, we opted for this model made by ScoopFree, a different brand, which works similarly but had higher reviews.
As a couple other reviewers have noted, this box does not eliminate fresh fecal odor as well as our old LitterMaid box did. The reason for the odor intensity, from what I can tell and from others have noted, is that the cardboard box does not do a good job of sealing off the fresh feces once it's dumped into the end trap, as the odor escapes from under the cardboard trap door. The LitterMaid had a plastic box that did a better job of that part of it. Also, I've heard rave reviews about the effectiveness of crystal litter for urine, but I believe it's not as effective at coating and containing feces as clumping litter.
I have tried using baking soda or a variety of kitty litter-box deodorizers in the bottom of the box before adding the crystals. That helps some, as does a well-ventilated area and adding a room deodorizer. For your reference, I installed this Glade Automatic Sprayer on the wall above the box and it spritzes Clean Linen scent every 10 minutes, which helps immensely: https://www.amazon.com/Glade-Automatic-Spray-Starter-Kit/dp/B003W93FGW/ref=sr_1_12_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1499784832&sr=8-12&keywords=glade+automatic+spray+air+freshener+clean+linen.
The poo odor is no longer our biggest problem BECAUSE...our 15-year-old cat has developed a peeing issue, peeing lots and constantly (yep, we're seeing the vet but it appears to be age related).
So my update is a caveat for anyone with older cats or multiple cats -- the crystals are NOT good if your litter box is used often for urine. Crystals absorb only so much pee and then it just soaking the bottom of the box and the cat refuses to enter it. I have found puddles and poo on the outside of the box when the crystals stop absorbing -- and that has happened only a few days after a complete litter change.
I tried half clumping and half crystal litter when a couple reviewers noted that worked, but it did NOT work for me. The clumping litter completely gummed up the rake and it got stuck halfway, making a mud pie out of the bottom of the box. ICK. Plus, the teeny-tiny poo receptacle does not have enough room for pee clumps (unlike the LitterMaid model, which does) and is meant to hold only small poos.
I am about to try the Forever Tray + liners + crystal litter with this unit and will need to replace litter much more often than advertised. Right now, I get about 5 days MAX out of one disposable cardboard tray of crystal litter (with ONE CAT!) -- nowhere NEAR the advertised month -- and even that requires constant attention to add more crystals each day and rake the crystals to distribute the urine-soaked areas. This is completely negating the reason I bought it -- to have a clean litter box when I am away from home and have a kitty sitter just stopping by daily. Right now, this box needs daily, if not twice daily, maintenance to keep it clean enough to appease and appeal to my kitty.
I'll update later after trying the Forever Tray. I think I'll be stuck changing crystals very often. Read that: "quite expensive and still a pain in the patootie for the convenience of not scooping daily."
Right now, my assessment is that this would have worked great for my cat up until this year when she started urinating more often. I'm frustrated that there isn't a perfect automated solution out there.