Self Cleaning Litter Boxes Make It Easier (And Safer) For The Elderly To Live With A Cat
Show of hands for everyone that likes to clean the litter box. What? No hands? No shock there….
Elderly cat owners love their sweet kitties for many reasons, the most of which might be the company having a cat provides.
Especially for those elderly who live on their own, cat litter box detail is no fun.
Notwithstanding the hygiene aspect of having to scoop a litter box, litter can be tracked onto the floor and can cause a falling hazard for our senior citizen friends.
Cats also dislike full litter boxes so, if your elderly loved one is remiss or forgets to ‘scoop the poop,’ the cat may decide to use their bed, cherished rug, or guest room instead.
With the advent of self-cleaning litter boxes, those worries are put to rest.
Benefits Of Self-Cleaning Cat Litter Boxes
- No need to schedule cleaning the cat box – the self cleaning litter box does that automatically. Most litter boxes can be set to either clean after each use or can be set to clean at a specific interval
- Self-cleaning litter boxes save one’s back from having to lean over and scoop heavy kitty litter
- Cat urine has a very distinctive, musty smell. With the use of a self-cleaning cat box, the used litter is scooped into a sealed container so there is no odor
- Happier cats mean they’re not going to destroy furniture, rugs, or soft bedding with their urine or feces.
How Do Self-Cleaning Litter Boxes Work?
These handy litter boxes operate, most commonly, by sensing when kitty is using the, um, facilities. It doesn’t matter if the outcome is #1 or #2. Once the cat leaves the box (or at a scheduled interval), a small rake pulls all the nasty stuff to a storage area where it remains until it’s time to empty the unit.
With filtration systems in place, there is no smell to contend with either.
Many self-cleaners are designed to accommodate multiple cat homes and can be set on a timer to empty periodically. Some designs come with a mat for kitty to wipe his paws on (again, reducing the litter on the floor issue) and a cover so Precious can do his or her business in private and humans don’t have to look at it, either.
Self-cleaning litter boxes speak for themselves. And, when it comes to getting one of these gems for the elderly, you just might be giving your senior citizen friend something to smile about. AND, they get to keep their cat!
Self-Cleaning Cat Litter Boxes On Amazon.com
The below cat litter boxes are all highly rated on Amazon.com and would make wonderful gifts for your elderly loved one.
Omega Paw Self-Cleaning Litter Box, Regular, TaupeLitterMaid LM680C Automatic Self-Cleaning Classic Litter Box (LM680C)PetSafe Simply Clean Self-Cleaning Cat Litter Box, Automatic, Works with Clumping Cat LitterPetSafe ScoopFree Ultra Self-Cleaning Cat Litter Box, Covered, Automatic with Disposable Tray, PurpleLittermaid LM980 Mega Self-Cleaning Litter BoxPetSafe ScoopFree Self Cleaning Litter Box
Sifting Litter Boxes
Perhaps these aren’t really ‘self-cleaning’ but they probably are much easier for the elderly to handle than a regular litter scoop. These cat litter boxes work by sifting through separate trays so that the solid waste stays on the top tray. It can then be easily dumped into a trash can or waste receptacle.
Van Ness CP66 Enclosed Sifting Cat Pan/Litter Box, LargeLift n’ Sift Cat Litter Tray System (Grey)Luuup Litter Box – 3 Sifting Tray Cat Litter Box is Antimicrobial and Easy to Clean with Non-Stick Coating – Stylish, High-Sided Design with Spill Guard (15.4Sifting Cat Pan Litter Box With Frame Kitty Van Ness CP5 Easy Clean:NewFavorite High Sided 2 Pine Sifter Cat Litter BoxSroute Sifting Cat Pan Litter Box with Frame Easy to Clean Odor Free Stain Resistant,Suitable for Small Cats and Small Animals (Blue)
Anti-Tracking Kitty Litter Mats
Every time my cat JB exits his kitty litter box, any litter on his feet is trapped by a litter mat which is right outside the box. All I need to do is pick up the mat once a week and dump the litter back into the cat litter box.
The Original GORILLA GRIP Premium Non-Slip Cat Litter Mat, Phthalate Free, 35Cat Fab Cat Litter Mat, Extra Large Size, Non-Toxic, Easy Clean Kitty Litter Trapping Design, In Chocolate BrownEasyology Jumbo Size Cat Litter Mat – 47 x 36 Inch (Gray)
Clumping Kitty Litter
Check with the specifics of any self cleaning litter box you get to make sure it uses clumping kitty litter. The below are all approved by my own cat (I asked him…).
Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal Litter, Fresh Home, 19 LbsPurina Tidy Cats LightWeight 4-in-1 Strength Clumping Litter for Multiple Cats – (1) 17 lb. PailFresh Step Multi-Cat with Febreze Freshness, Clumping Cat Litter, Scented, 20 Pounds