Tired of scooping poop? The Cadillac of litter boxes is here

Even after just a trip or two to the litter box, your cat’s smell can be more in-your-face than your cat. And while you may have gotten used to the smell, your guests probably have not; you might as well leave the litter box on the coffee table for all to see. Thankfully, pet owners everywhere have teamed up to combat odors and inconvenience with high-tech litter boxes affordable for a range of budgets. Some models do more than others, but it’s all a matter of research to see which will be the best fit for your home.

The Cadillac of litter boxes, the Litter-Robot 3 Connect, should be at the top of every cat owner’s wish list. With this handy helper in your home, you’ll never have to scoop litter again. With its Wi-Fi–enabled self-cleaning feature, your cat will have a fresh batch of litter every time she steps into this futuristic pod. The enclosed top of the litter box helps your kitty feel safe and secure, encouraging her to use the bathroom where she’s supposed to. It’s available in either charcoal gray or white, so both human and kitty will love the way it looks in your home.

With the AutoPets Connect app, you can remotely keep track of the litter box, so you’ll know when the tray beneath the box needs to be emptied. After your cat has done her business, the box will sift through the litter to separate out waste and seal it away in an odor-proof drawer. The device’s compact parts and odor-battling technology (thank you, carbon filter!) make this the ideal litter box for smaller homes and apartments, or even multiple-cat homes. You can go through 50% less litter by using the Litter-Robot — by removing only clumps of waste and not clean litter, you won’t be changing stinky litter nearly as often! Busy cat owners can finally relax.

You can get started saving time and litter immediately with your Litter-Robot because you don’t need any special accessories to use it. Any regular, clumping litter is compatible with the device. You can use any bag to dump out the waste drawer, but you won’t need to worry about that often.

As lavish as the Litter-Robot is, it’s not necessarily the best fit for every home. There are budget-friendly options with equally effective litter-scooping abilities but without all the bells and whistles. The ScoopFree Original Automatic Cat Litter Box uses raking technology to comb through litter and sweep aside waste, leaving completely clean litter for your cat to use next time. With its automatic timer, the box will detect when your cat enters and exits the box, then wait for 20 minutes before scooping away any waste. Its special crystalline litter comes in disposable boxes for owners who prefer not to be hands-on with cleaning, but it also secures odor like no other. Each device includes one tray of litter to help get you started right away.

If you’re looking for something between these two options, the ScoopFree Ultra Automatic Cat Litter Box just might be the ticket. The first difference you’ll notice is the privacy hood on top of the box, to help keep litter contained and kitties feeling secure, but the benefits go even further. This model has a timer that can be set to clean the litter either five, 10, or 20 minutes after your cat exits the box, but just like with the original version, the timer will reset if your cat reenters the litter box. This smart box also keeps track of how many times your cat makes a visit, so you’ll know if anything changes in your kitty’s bathroom habits.

No matter which you choose, each of these litter boxes will help you take care of business — your cat’s business — without having to check, or smell, what they’ve been up to.

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