Scoop Free Ultra Automated Litter Tray
I'll start by saying this is not a substitute for a "normal" litter tray in most instances and will not be suitable for all cats. I do however think that it is an option for some cat households as it balances the needs of cats and their busy owners, neither of which likes a smelly litter tray! Always introduce the new tray alongside the old trays and let your cat investigate and choose when to start using it.
How does it work?
When your cat uses the box it activates an optical sensor. An adjustable timer counts down 5-20 minutes from when your cat leaves the box. A rake then sweeps through the litter and moves the dried-out solids into the waste trap keeping odour to a minimum. The crystals absorb the urine and neutralizes the odour. The rake then reverses and levels the litter ready for the next visit. Don't worry, if your cat returns to the box the countdown cycle will stop and will re-set after they've gone.
The ScoopFree Ultra also comes with a privacy hood for those cats that prefer an enclosed tray and for those that tend to flick litter outside the box. I use an old bath mat at the entrance of the box and it traps any stray litter nicely but you can buy a matching mat from ScoopFree if you prefer.
Trays - Rather than the expensive and environmentally unfriendly disposable trays that come with the ScoopFree, I prefer to use a "Forever Litter Tray".
Litter - You need to use a specific type of non-clumping cat litter. I use "Just The Crystals" and it really absorbs moisture and locks in odour but is tiny enough that the particles freely move through the rake (an equally important feature).
The litter area measures 35.6 x 35.6cm
Exterior dimensions: W69.5 x D48.3 x H17.8cm
With the hood installed: H42.5cm
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“I’ve been using my Forever Litter Trays for many months now. I must say that they certainly are an easy and affordable option for my automated litter tray. They are not only a really useful and eco-friendly alternative to the costly disposable trays that come with the product, but Rick has been a pleasure to deal with from the moment I made contact. It’s not very often that I find an exceptional product and equally fantastic customer service... a great idea from a great guy.”
Jo Lewis BSc BVMS (Hons) MRCVS
The Cat Vet Home Visiting Clinic, England
Fantastic litter tray but it'll have you spending a penny too!
Cost - it'll set you back £99 for a Basic & £119 for the Ultra model.
The tray is not designed for kittens under 6 months of age (due to increased chance of soft faeces sticking to the rakes). On that note, I think cats with a tendency towards loose stools may find this litter tray frustrating.
The tray may need changing more regularly in the following situations: