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Automatic or self-cleaning cat litter boxes make perfect sense for cat owners constrained by limited time when it comes to cleaning litter boxes. A number of products are sold in the market. These different products may vary a little, but all of them perform the same function.
Clean by itself
Majority of self-cleaning litter boxes come with a rake which moves through cat litter, its actions sifting out and then removing waste from the box. This waste is generally deposited into a kind of acceptable found at one end of the litter box. This receptacle is consequently closed. The closed space holds the odors until waste gets removed. A sensor which turns on when the cat enters the litter box and off when the animal walks away is also present. This sensor is linked to a timer that results in the rake to locomote over the litter box. The mess gets cleaned after a particular time gets passed. The mechanism does not move when the kitty is in the box.
Read the directions carefully before you buy a self-cleaning litter box for your kitty. To give an example, a few automatic boxes need a particular kind of litter. Some boxes need clumping litter and some require crystals. You must use the specified kind of litter for the purchased product. Not doing so will result in the failure of the automatic cleaning cycle. Directions on how to use the product will be provided. It is important to use the product as specified. Not doing so will only harm the product.
Acclimating the litter box
A power source is needed to run the self-cleaning litter box. A few boxes need to be connected to a power source and a few are battery operated. Yet another offer both options. As the automatic cat litter boxes contain a motor which pulls the cleaning rake through litter, a noise becomes audible at a time when the box is in the cleaning cycle. A few cats may find this noise disturbing. It may thus take a few days for your kitty to adjust itself to the box. Sometimes, the cat may not use the self-cleaning box at all. It is vital that you choose the correct litter box suitable for your kitty. It is another matter altogether as if the box has a hood or not. A few cats may prefer automatic litter boxes without any kind of hood.
To acclimate the kitty to the newly purchased self-cleaning litter box, put a little amount of feces from another box to self-cleaning box. Your cat could be encouraged to use the new box. In case your kitty gets frightened easily switch off the power of the automatic litter box until the cat gets comfortable with its presence. After you are sure that your cat is comfortable, switch the machine on and allow some time to get your kitty to to develop a congenial relationship with the box.