self-cleaning litter boxes

Best Self-Cleaning Litter Boxes: Our Top 5 Picks

We love our little felines, but every cat owner knows that one of the most dreaded tasks when it comes to cat ownership is cleaning out cat litter boxes. Enter self-cleaning litter boxes, the answer to every cat parent’s most annoying task. Here are some of our favorites!

1. Whisker Litter Robot-4

This Whisker product is top-of-the-line when it comes to self-cleaning litter boxes. The newest version of its kind, the Litter Robot-4 has a bigger opening and a sensor that detects when your cat enters and exits the litter box.

When your cat comes out of the box, it will immediately rotate and dispose of the waste into two different bins: solid waste and liquid waste. Then it will lock in the odor with a system with a carbon filter above the waste bin.

Thanks to the bigger size, on average, you will only have to empty it once a week if you have one cat. Download their free app on your phone, and it will tell you the litter level and when you need to empty it. It is the best in the game, but it’s pretty big, so it may not be suitable for those who live in smaller spaces. It’s also quite expensive, but with all the features it’s worth the price.

2. Perkit Pura X Self-Cleaning Cat Litter Box

The Pura X is a good contender to the Litter Robot-4 because it has similar features to the best on our list. Its cleaning system can be set manually on a timer or automatically after your cat is done. It will then rotate and dump the waste into a bin underneath.

One feature that’s different with Litter Robot-4 is the odor lock system. Instead of a carbon filter, it uses an automated deodorant spray which works better. It also has a hole on top so you can easily refill it from the top without crouching.

One downside to this litter box is the entry hole. It’s significantly smaller than the Litter Robot-4, so you might want to look for something else if you have a larger cat. But if your cat is small, this litter box will be perfect.

3. ScoopFree Covered Automatic Self-Cleaning Cat Litter Box

If you’re looking for a more affordable option, ScoopFree Covered Automatic Self-Cleaning Cat Litter Box is the best in its price range. It may not have all the fancy features the other litter boxes have, but it does its job well.

It uses a rake system to clean out clumps of waste, then dumps it into the waste bin underneath. The box also has a timer that tells it to clean the box after the safety system detects that your cat has left it.

Another plus point is the health counter which keeps a tab of how much your cat goes. A downside is that it will only work with crystal litter if you want the rake system to work effectively. You can buy crystal litter from the pet shop or use the pre-made tray by ScoopFree, so you can just dump the tray and get a new one each time.

4. CatGenie A.I. Automatic Cat Box

Here’s an option that will free you from cleaning your cat’s litter box forever. The CatGenie system is unique from others in that it will flush all the dirt away and take care of the waste for you. This litter box uses washable granules that don’t need to be replaced.

After your cat goes, it will either go through the granules and be washed away or liquefied and then washed away. The granules are then rinsed and dried so it’s ready for the next use. You can download their free app to time the cleaning system and check how many times your cat goes and poops to see if their tummies are doing A-okay.

The downside is it will need to be connected to the waterline of your washing machine, sink, or toilet. It’s an easy 15-minute process and you don’t have to call a plumber, but you do need to read through the manual.

5. PetSafe Simply Clean Self-Cleaning Cat Litter Box

PetSafe Simply Clean is an affordable product that’s suitable for smaller cats. The litter box works by having a conveyor that constantly shifts clumping litter into the waste bin, so it has very good odor control because you won’t have any cat litter sitting out for too long.

But this product may not be right for you if you have bigger cats or kittens. Bigger cats may have trouble sitting inside the litter box, and kittens may play with the conveyor and hurt themselves. And because it has a conveyor system that’s constantly revolving, you will have constant white noise which could bother some people.

Final Thoughts

There you have it! Cat ownership doesn’t have to come with the icky process of scooping up cat poop constantly. With any one of these self-cleaning litter boxes, your kitty will have a nice, clean box and you’ll get to skip one of the most tedious parts of being a cat parent!