Gadgets 353

Published on April 9th, 2009 | by Greg


A Robot Revolution Starts With… Litter Boxes?!

We’re suckers for anything robotic here at Truly Obscure. We have robot artwork and have robots that clean our floors. But robots that take care of our cat litter? Absolutely. Nobody likes cleaning out a kitty litter box; it’s really the least pleasant part of cat ownership. (Hairballs and the inability to wear anything black around shedding cats are right up near the top of that list as well.) When we found out that there was a robot-style litter box that cleaned itself the answer to our litter box woes was clear.

There was uncertainty whether the Truly Obscure cats would use the Litter Robot. Both cats are quite young, just under a year old, and extremely skittish. Nobody expected the transition to go smoothly. We were all pleasantly surprised that both cats switched to the Litter Robot with little to no complaint. (One might wonder how a cat complains- and we can tell you with confidence that it involves days under the couch.) We have gone from daily cleaning of the littler box to simply removing the bag when it’s full and replacing it with a new bag. Life is good.

We were worried that it would be complicated to set up, but it was really as simple as taking it out of the box, setting the top part on the bottom part and plugging it in. We didn’t have to change the type of litter we used, though the unit does require clumping litter. In fact, we now go through far less litter, maybe half as much! The Litter Robot is not unlike a front loading clothes washing machine it it’s action. It is pressure activated, and on a timer- eight minutes after use it cycles through to clean out the waste. The globe rolls all the way over, and then all the way back, moving through a series of grates and flaps. It’s not super quiet, but not so noisy that it interrupts other activities in the room.

The Litter Robot is certainly costlier than a regular litter box, at $329. Over a long period of time we expect that it will pay for itself, due to the significantly reduced amount of litter that is used. We are also fans of the fact that there is an eco-model which is made out of 100% recycled plastic. It comes with a 90-day guarantee, so if your cats don’t transition as well as ours did you’re not stuck with it. Refurbished models as well as incentives on cost and shipping can be found on the Litter Robot website.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

Back to Top ↑