PetSafe ScoopFree Self Cleaning Litter Box Review
Let's face it cleaning out your cat's litter box is a labourious task that most people don't enjoy doing. It's one of the downsides of cat ownership especially if your cat is an indoor cat (as mine both are).
However, there are many self cleaning litter boxes on the market that specialise in taking care of the said task. I recently wrote a comprehensive review of the best self cleaning litter boxes on the market.
There were a few of the litter boxes that I wanted to review in more detail myself and give you some valuable information before you go out and purchase one.
One of the best self cleaning litter boxes on the market is the PetSafe ScoopFree Self Cleaning litter box, it has some of the highest reviews online and is great value for money.
I managed to get my hands on this litter box to try out for myself.
What is a ScoopFree Self Cleaning Litter Box?
ScoopFree is an automatic self cleaning litter box which removes waste from the litter box by using a rake which moves the waste into a covered compartment to reduce odour.
The ScoopFree litter box comes with a disposable litter tray and PetSafe special absorbing crystal litter, which is said to absorb odour and reduce dust 5 times better than standard clay litter (an impressive feat itself).
Designed for 1-2 cat households the ScoopFree is an ideal replacement for a standard litter tray. It's designed to look and feel like a regular litter box as some of the automatic litter boxes on the market often look quite odd and unnatural.
The rake will typically start a cycle 20 minutes after your cat has used the litter box. It has sensors that detect if your cat re-enters the litter box and it will delay the cycle again.
Whats in the box?
Whats the PetSafe ScoopFree Litter Box Like?
The litter box was incredibly easy to set up, it is a case of putting the tray under the litter box and plugging the ScoopFree litter box and away you go. I was surprised how easy to set up the box was.
I was also surprised just how big the unit actually was, it has plenty of space for your cats. Some people often stated that some of the other self cleaning litter boxes on the market were often small and didn't leave much room for your cat to its "business".
I've been using the litter box for about a week now and I'm impressed so far. The litter box is quiet in operation and the motor seems powerful and doesn't seem to struggle to rake through the crystals. I know some other automatic litter boxes do struggle in this department.
It did take my cats about 2 or 3 days until they fully started to use the box, they did seem intrigued by the rake when it's cleaning and would watch it carefully.
My advice would be to unplug the ScoopFree litter box for the first few days and of course put it near to their normal litter box and then the transition may be smoother.
The odour control is very impressive and the crystals do exactly as PetSafe claim and reduce the odour.
In terms of the disposable tray, I would say with 2 cats you should get 10-14 days out it before you need to replace the tray. This would obviously depend on your cat's age and size.
As with any product, there are some disadvantages with this product and self cleaning litter boxes in general. It's important to note that in my opinion, the advantages by far outweigh any disadvantages.
The disposable trays are in my opinion the biggest downside to the product as they're expensive and some people have said that they don't tend to last as long as PetSafe claim.
The other thing I've noticed is that when the litter box starts to rake if your cat enters the litter box the rake doesn't stop its operation, it will try to rake still. I did see Teddy my British Shorthair get in the litter box and stop the rake by sitting in the litter box whilst it was in operation. It did continue to clean once he got out.
I've noticed in some instances that the rake picks up some dirty litter when it gets to the waste compartment, again not a massive issue but something worth noting.
PetSafe ScoopFree Self Cleaning Litter Box Review
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PetSafe ScoopFree Self Cleaning Litter Box Video Review
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The PetSafe ScoopFree litter box is a great unit that will make your life easier, no doubt about that. I believe in terms of value for money it's one of the best self cleaning litter boxes on the market and backed up by a company in PetSafe who provide great customer service. I think this is something that a lot of people don't take into consideration when they buy a product, there's something to be said for great customer service and if you have any queries then these can be resolved quickly.
In regards to the disposable trays, there is a work around in the form of a special reusable plastic tray that's specifically designed for use with this litter box.
You would then just buy generic crystals and save yourself money on the disposable trays, of course, this might not be for everyone but it's something that quite a few people do and it makes the PetSafe ScoopFree litter box a brilliant option and much cheaper than some of the more expensive self cleaning litter boxes on the market.
Overall a solid well-built product that can vastly save you time and effort and make life that bit easier.