Self-cleaning litter? Not good

Kodami scientific committee member said

Counselor for human-cat relationship

Nothing to do, We humans are addicted to technology Which now completely invades our lives, our homes and our habits, so much so that this dependence also extends to the management of our pets. One of the recent technological advances that promises to make life easier with cats Self-cleaning cassette. But when it comes to cats, you should never count without a host: what do they think?

What a self-cleaning cassette

Self-cleaning boxes are litter boxes for cats equipped with an electronic system that detects the cat’s departure from the box through sensors and begins to sweep the residue. Individual and hermetic tanks which can then be emptied every 2-3 days. These are boxes that promise odor reduction and daily promise that each of us should invest in removing solid and liquid cat waste because the only step we need is to empty it again and again.

In this litter box we have a number of contraindications that we see below.

They can be scary

The Especially sensitive cats They may not like the activation of mechanical systems, not understandable to their eyes. When we clean the box, the cat knows what we’re doing. He sees us do it, he sees us acting, he is able to create a cause-and-effect relationship between us who come back to clean the box and the sand. But a cat that emerges from a litter tray and soon after sees the system suddenly, noisy, automatically activates and, above all, fails to find a specific cause, can create a certain anxiety in approaching the box. By itself

Some cats, not realizing any cause-and-effect connection, are afraid that it will trigger the process while they are inside and therefore prefer not to enter it anymore. And if that happened then you would spend a lot of money for no reason.

These are expensive

These are especially expensive houses. Electronic versions cost between 500 and 700 euros, but there are manual versions, where the mopping process is activated by hand, costing around 100 euros. However, if these problems are solved Uncertainty in the perception of cats On the one hand, they still have a definite structure.

They have a certain structure

Cat litter box

Self-cleaning cassettes, in both electronic and manual versions, are all offered as closed cassettes. But cats are known to have strictly thematic preferences towards boxes. There are some that, despite our preferences, show that they like open litter boxes and Definitely refuses to use closed ones.

While investing in such a rigid material from a structural point of view may be satisfied with features that cannot be mediated, it can be a risky expense.

Limitations with litter

Moreover, these types of boxes also limit the type of litter that can be purchased because one is forced to choose a type that is capable of filtering the supplied rack. And we come back to the problem of choice: some cats are strong, others are special, not always what the pet partner likes or wants to use because the automatic box rack needs to be chosen by the cat. And, unfortunately for us and for our pockets, the solution to any problem of elimination out of the box is always to follow the cat’s preferences, let us go.

Health check

There is another aspect to conventional cassettes. The habit of cleaning the litter box of cats daily by removing the litter box residue with a shovel is a great strategy to prevent treatment.

The ritual becomes a moment where our friend’s health can be checked by observing his deposit. Cleaning the cassette every day can be decisive, for example, to immediately discover that there is blood or mucus in the stool in case of a bacterial infection, which is more or less compact in case of intestinal problems, allowing it to detect an abnormal color. Urine and immediate intervention.

Self-cleaning and mating cat

Cat litter box

Again, the number of boxes in the house should be proportional to the number of mating cats. This means having all and only self-cleaning cassettes or it still has to admit the presence of many cheap traditional cassettes. The advantage that was supposed to be gained at this moment became very insignificant.

Cassettes and adaptations

Regarding the box, more than any other useful accessory for coexistence with cats, we are asked to develop a certain focus and primarily ability to meet the needs of cats instead of our comfort.

It is our duty to do everything possible to ensure that the cassette reproduces a condition as close as possible to the conditions that the cat will face in nature. The more barriers and manipulations we put into the cat and the box, the more we will expose it (and ourselves) to the adaptation problem and therefore to its inappropriate use.

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