The ScoopFree self-cleaning litter box line of products includes an open pan, a covered box and disposable replacement pans of their patented, odor absorbing litter.
These products work together to dehydrate and contain waste to keep your cat healthy and your home smelling fresh.
In this ScoopFree litter box review we will focus our attention to the ScoopFree litter tray refills to help you decide if this cat litter box system is right for you and your furry friend.
Features & Specifications
Covered and Uncovered
It’s important to note that some cats will refuse to enter a lidded box. You may have to acclimate your cat to the original style before trying the lidded box.
This may be a big change for your cat. If they’re used to a particular location, a sandy litter or different configuration; i.e., covered vs uncovered litter box, you may have a hard time convincing them to use this tool.
Follow the instructions on the ScoopFree website to gradually acclimate your cat to their new bathroom to reduce the number of protest piles and/or puddles you have to deal with.
Start with familiarity. Set the new box near the old and see what the cat does. Sprinkle a bit of new litter in your current cat box. Add just a dusting of old litter to the new box. Don’t make a sudden change.
Litter Tray Is Cardboard
The disposable litter tray is cardboard, and your cat may overwhelm the absorbing power of the crystals and soak the cardboard. It may be wisest to place this litter box on a rubberized tray to start.
Sensors – Timing Is Everything
The ScoopFree litter box is designed with sensors that track and time when your cat uses the litter box.
After your cat uses the box, the rake starts and clears away the solid waste while the crystals work to absorb urine and dehydrate the solid waste, removing the odor.
The automated litter raking process and capture method of containing the solid waste is ideal for any cat owner.
You’ll need a standard outlet for this tool so the rake and the sensor will work. You may want to leave the unit unplugged for a time until your cat has started to use it consistently; this way they won’t be startled when the rake powers up.
Don’t Get Complacent About The Health Of Your Cat!
Not having to mess with cat litter and cat waste can be a source of great joy, but remember to monitor the condition of your cat’s urine as you move to this lower-maintenance tool.
ScoopFree Litter Tray Refills
The crystals used in the ScoopFree litter box refills are available in purple, blue and white.
These large crystals are less likely to be tracked around your home by your cat because they are larger, heavier, and less likely to be scratched out of the box during the burying process.
The blue crystals come in the original fresh scent, the purple are lavender, and the white crystals are odor and dye free.
Because the odors are absorbed when the moisture is captured, the solid waste is trapped and stored for up to four weeks.
At that time, simply cover the disposable tray of crystals with the lid provided and discard the entire box. Replace the crystals with the color and fragrance of your choice for continued use.
The manufacturer recommends a “few” weeks. Try three, and if you notice an odor, cut back to two. If there’s no odor, let it go to four.
Stir the crystals as instructed to increase absorption and check the condition of the rake tines.
The highly absorbent crystals provided with the ScoopFree self cleaning litter box are 99% dust free. This reduces the risk of allergic response for humans and skin reaction in cats.
Additionally, the crystals are available in dye and fragrance free varieties, so any sensitivity to those chemicals can be avoided as well.
Inherent Antibacterial Qualities
Because the litter crystals deodorize the waste by dehydrating it, the captured waste is lower in bacteria.
Bacteria thrive in moist conditions; the litter strips take moisture out of the cat waste.
Litter Crystals Are Sharp
If your cat is a determined digger and litter kicker, you’ll have crystals on the floor. While clumping litter can be sandy and unpleasant on bare feet, crystals can be downright painful.
Don’t expect these crystals to change the inherent behavior of your cat.
Clean-up & Maintenance
Because the odor is so absorbent and the solid waste is captured, you can go from daily litter box monitoring to monthly litter box monitoring.
The capture method includes a traveling rake that pushes solid waste into a sealed tray.
When it’s time to empty the litter box, simply cover the entire base with the lid provided and discard litter, solid waste and capture storage container, then replace it with a fresh disposable pan.
Daily maintenance of a litter box can be terribly time-consuming. Additionally, clay-based clumping litters can cause allergies and a great deal of mess.
Finally, if you have dogs as well as cats, litter box “treats” can be very tempting to dogs, and the clay litter can be dangerous for them.
While no ScoopFree litter box review can be complete without considering the extra cost of this tool, the convenience offered by an easy to monitor, easy to clean unit cannot be denied.