Today I am going to talk about the PetSafe ScoopFree Automatic Cat Litter. It’s the base model and very easy to set up. The cats start to use it right away, and that’s a good sign. It comes with one bag of premium crystal litter – pre-measured – and a cardboard tray. That’s how you’re supposed to use these things – crystals and disposable single-use cardboard trays. At the bottom of it, the machine goes over it, and you have to replace the cardboard tray and litter every few weeks.
Here’s the Solution
As most people have said, those things can get pretty expensive, so there’s a solution that I’m going to talk about in just a minute. I still have my old litter so that the cat can quickly get acclimated to the new machine. It has a 20-minute delay timer before it scoops the solids up – it’s 20 minutes you can’t change. It also has a sensor, much like a garage sensor, to know when the cat’s in there, and once the cat exits, it starts the timer. The ultra model has a hood, a changeable delay timer, and a counter for how many times your cat used the litter.
Now, as I mentioned, the cardboard tray with the litter in it can be quite expensive, so I bought a reusable plastic tray which is about $60. This way you can just buy the crystals so that it can save you a little bit of money in the long run. So I’m gonna go ahead and do that for a while. I don’t have to clean the litter every day, and I’m quite excited about this.
Now let’s get to how this works: after 20 minutes, the machine goes ahead and scoops up the solids. Also, the machine doesn’t clump up liquid, because the crystals are supposed not to clump up the liquid, but absorb it, and it’s only supposed to move the solids to the back compartment. It’s designed to push it over that edge and into a channel where all the solids are dumped into, and it then the scoop or the grape flips over around and does a second pass.
Now, even though the litter is quite uneven because the cat is messing with it, the grate is actually evening everything out, leveling it, so that’s quite nice. Then it goes to the starting position, and that’s it.