As interesting and modern as these self-cleaning litter boxes are, there is still value in the old way of kitty toileting methods. The comparisons are very interesting. It also makes me wonder what cat owners used for litter boxes back in the 1700's and 1800's.
Old School Litter Boxes
The Good- Affordable, inexpensive, and can even be made using an empty cardboard box lined with plastic.
Kitty litter sprinkled with a little baking soda can absorb odors without spending more on the fancy stuff. They are cost-effective enough to put several throughout the house.
The Bad-Keeping the litter box fresh is a challenge. There will be lots of bending, stooping, lifting, and holding your nose shut with a clip to prevent fainting. If kitty has healthy kidney function and drinks plenty of water, it might feel as heavy as a box of rocks.
Self-Cleaning Litter Boxes
The Good- Cat parents get a longer break in between litter changes. They ease some of the daily hassle of doing poo checks. What they offer is an extension of time. For busy people, that alone makes them a blessing.
The Bad-Compared to the old-school pan, they can cost 10-15 times as much. Switching an old-school cat from an old-school pan to an automated contraption might be challenging.
To Answer The Question- Do They Really Work ?
Yes, they do work. However, they only do so much. They are automated up to a point. You still have to bend down, get the litter tray, wrap it up, take it to the trash, and replace the tray with a fresh one. Your cat will love watching you do all the work. After all, they are royalty.
Image Credits-Cat litter in box by CambridgeBayWeather, (CC BY-SA 3.0)