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Not all litterboxes are alike. Learn the features of each, then choose the one that's best for your pet.

By Peggy Scott | Posted: Tue Mar 6 00:00:00 PST 2001

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LitterMaid has launched its own line of fragrance-free clumping litter in order to "control the variations" found in litter, according to Kristen Verrati, marketing manager for LitterMaid.

"The moisture content [in litter] varies, as do the antibacterial additives, and whether fragrance is added," Verrati explains.

With the LitterMaid system, an electronic eye senses when kitty has used and departed the box. Ten minutes later, an automatic sifting rake moves through the litter, picking up any waste and depositing it into a sealed, airtight container. The sifting comb then returns to its original position, ready for your kitty's next visit.

When the reusable/disposable waste container is full, it can be thrown away or washed out for reuse. Convenience doesn't come cheap, however; the basic Litter- Maid model runs about $160, while the "Mega" Advanced Deluxe setup costs $200. Available accessories include a paw-cleaning mat ($15), replacement receptacles ($20) and a privacy tent ($20).

Perhaps even more futuristic is the R2D2-esqe Litter-Robot. This large-capacity, automatic self-cleaning device, which is a large globe sitting on a base, works with all clumping litters and promises no more mess, no more hassles and "happy cats," says Brad Baxter, president of Automated Pet Care Products, makers of the Litter-Robot.

Your cat enters the opening in the globe by stepping onto a small step. The globe's liner diverts spray back into the litter and ensures that litter doesn't get stuck to the inside of the globe during the waste removal cycle. When the cat exits, a sensor is tripped and after 15 minutes, the globe rotates, sending waste clumps through a port into a drawer in the base. Owners maintain the unit by removing the waste bag. This futuristic feline facility can hold up to one week's waste production by two cats, according to Baxter. The unit costs about $350.

Tidy Cats' new disposable cat box-and-litter-in-one also falls into the easy-to-clean category. Once the box has served its purpose, you simply fold it shut and discard it. Each box contains a seven-day supply (for one cat) of Tidy Cats' Long-Lasting Odor Control Litter.

"These boxes are great for traveling, and very handy," says Char Bebiak, animal trainer and behaviorist for Tidy Cats, a division of Ralston Purina. "They even fold down." Suggested retail price is $2.99.

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janet    bethlehem, PA

1/14/2009 4:34:14 AM

very interesting thanks for the information

janet    bethlehem, PA

9/12/2008 4:41:33 AM

good article thanks

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