I hate cleaning the cat box. When we got the cat my son swore that he would take care of the cat and scoop the litter box. But you know how that goes. He never did end up taking care of the cat. I took care of the cat. And then he came home with another cat. So then I was taking care of two cats. Eventually after the third cat came along I decided I would splurge on one of those self-cleaning litterboxes so that I wouldn’t have to scoop cat boxes anymore. Well I spent $200 on a top of the line self-cleaning cat litterbox for our cats and this is what happened:
When I brought the box home and set it up I left the litterboxes the way they were in case the cats didn’t want to use the new litterbox because I didn’t want them going on the floor. One cat cautiously entered the self-cleaning litterbox through the top entry. The litterbox started cleaning up after him while he was still going. He was panicked by the noise that the cleaning mechanism made even though it said it was a quiet mechanism. So he jumped out of the box, still pooping, and ran down the entire upstairs hallway trailing poop. I was convinced that I just had wasted $200 and made more work for myself.
After I spend an hour cleaning up the hallway and shampooing the rugs I went to check the litterbox again. Cat number two jumped in the box and used it. Once again the noise started but this cat wasn’t startled by the noise. Cat number two sauntered out of the box without a care in the world and the box clicked to life and raked through the box cleaning it out.
Over the next two days I kept a close watch on all the boxes. I never saw cat number three use the self cleaning box. Not once. Cat number two took to it right away and has used it with no problems ever since. Cat number one sometimes uses it but still prefers the regular boxes with regular scooping litter. So I spent $200 on a spare litter box that only one cat uses and I still have to scoop out litter boxes every day.
In the end I think that pets, like kids, just aren’t predictable and their personalities and experiences will determine if they like the things they are supposed to like or not. I don’t know why only one of my cats uses the self cleaning box that I paid a lot of money for. But hopefully the other two will learn to use it someday. I won’t get rid of it because I’m stubborn and I’m not going to throw away that kind of money. But if I had it to do over again I definitely would have bought a less expensive self cleaning box or just stuck to the regular boxes with regular clumping litter.
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