Since I work with hundreds of cats and cat owners on a regular basis, I have had plenty of opportunity to evaluate the electronic boxes and I give them a poor review. I have had to make numerous house calls to work with cats who never had a litter-box related behavior problem before, but do now because of the electronic box. The sound can be very frightening. In multiple-cat households, one cat may go to use the box 10 minutes after another cat has finished, but is frightened off by the motor. Even the moving rake can cause confusion. The other thing I don't like about the self-cleaning box is that it doesn't let you keep on top of your cat's litter box habits. Since I scoop out my cats' litter boxes every day, I am alerted to signs of potential trouble right away. I know immediately if someone has diarrhea or is constipated. I am very aware of my cats' normal output and should that amount increase or decrease, I'm able to get things checked out in the earliest stage. The more complicated you make the litter box setup, the less likely your cat is to use it. Keep it simple and keep it clean, and you'll keep your cat happy. For specific guidelines on the best litter box setups and everything you need to know about litter, boxes, location and cleaning, refer to my book Think Like a Cat.
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