Learning Centre Litter Robot III Open Air
Why buy a Litter-Robot III Open Air
The Many Advantages of the Litter-Robot
The Self-Cleaning Litter Box That Really Works
The Litter-Robot frees you from the chore of litter box scooping. You can be confident that your cats have a litter box that is cleaned automatically, reliably, and consistently. The large waste drawer holds several days' worth of waste, saving you time spent scooping litter and giving you the freedom to do what you enjoy! You can go anywhere from a short business trip to a week-long vacation without worrying about your cat's litter box. Cleaning the litter box is now as simple as changing a kitchen garbage bag. If you have several cats, you will need to empty the drawer more than once per week, but you will never have to scoop a dirty litter box by hand ever again!
how it works
How the Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter-Robot Works
The Litter-Robot knows when your cat is inside the unit and when it's time to clean up. Once your cat exits, a timer counts down allowing litter to clump before a cleaning cycle begins. As the globe slowly rotates, the patented sifting system separates the clean litter from the clumps, and drops the waste into a carbon-filtered drawer in the base. The globe returns to the home position, leaving a clean, level bed of litter for the next use. Empty the waste drawer and add litter as needed. It's that simple!
Is it Right for My Cat
Is the Litter-Robot right for your cat?
It's easy to decide if an automatic self-cleaning litter box is right for you—we know how much you hate scooping cat litter! But will your cat love the Litter-Robot as much as you? You know your cat best, so here are a few things to help you decide. Remember, you have 90 days to try the Litter-Robot in your home under our Guarantee.
Does your cat weigh more than 2.2 kilograms?
The Litter-Robot relies on a weight-sensitive switch that detects when your cat enters or exits the litter chamber. Cats that weigh 2.2 kilograms or less will not activate the Cat Sensor and therefore should not use the Litter-Robot in Automatic Mode. Instead, we recommend a "semi-automatic" mode (see our FAQ section) to keep your cat safe and relieve you from litter box scooping
The Litter-Robot III Open Air, made with larger cats in mind, has an enlarged entryway and litter chamber, making it comfortable for even some of the largest breeds.
Making The Switch
The Many Advantages of the Litter-Robot
While most cats adjust to the Litter-Robot without much coaxing, others might need a little help making the switch. Use these tried-and-true methods to overcome common barriers and facilitate the transition.
Leave It Off
Avoid startling your cat while it is adjusting to the new litter box. Leave the Litter-Robot switched off until you notice your cat has used the Litter-Robot. Wait about 7 minutes for the waste to clump, then turn it on. The Litter-Robot will automatically perform a cleaning cycle (lasting about 2 ½ minutes), then switch it off again. Continue this "semi-automatic" mode until your cat is comfortable and using it regularly.
Treats or Catnip
This is a good trick if your cat has expressed some fear about entering the Litter-Robot. Place treats or catnip on the step and inside the globe. It may take several repetitions to get results, so be patient and consistent. Create a positive experience by offering praise and reassurance. We find this method is especially effective for those cats who are food-motivated.
Bait & Switch
If your cat seems stuck in his ways, we don't advise the "cold turkey" litter box switch. When you suddenly switch out the Litter-Robot for the old litter box, you're likely to have protest puddles and an unhappy cat. Instead, gradually make the old litter box less desirable by letting waste accumulate. Cats prefer a clean place to go, so this should motivate your cat to try the Litter-Robot. This works well in combination with the treats and catnip method mentioned above.
Leverage What They Know
The old litter box looks and smells familiar, so use that knowledge to teach your cat about the Litter-Robot. Gradually move the old litter box closer to the Litter-Robot (if you've placed them in different locations). Then, pour a scoop of the old litter on the new litter in the Litter-Robot, which will smell familiar to your cat. We recommend the bait-and-switch approach mentioned above, eventually removing the old litter box when it is soiled.
The Good Ol' Cardboard Box Approach
Cats love empty cardboard boxes! Try covering the Litter-Robot with the original cardboard box. Carefully cut an opening in the side of the box for the entryway and a notch in the bottom to access to the drawer. Leave the Litter-Robot unplugged while covered with the box. Don't worry, you won't have to scoop! Once you notice your cat has used the Litter-Robot, wait about 7 minutes for the waste to clump, then plug it in. The Litter-Robot will automatically perform a cleaning cycle (lasting about 2 ½ minutes), then unplug it again.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How will my Litter-Robot be delivered?
Your Litter-Robot travels safely in a very BIG BOX. Australia Post do not carry parcels the size of the Litter-Robot, so a courier is needed to deliver to your door. However, someone needs to be available to sign for delivery. If redelivery is needed, there is an additional charge incurred. Similarly, redirection of your Litter-Robot also has an additional charge incurred. To avoid issues, please let us know how we can best get your Litter-Robot to you, in your order comments. You can also contact the courier direct using the tracking information provided by email on the day your order ships, typically the next working day from when you purchase online, to provide authority to leave your Big Box in a safe place (at your own risk). If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org PRIOR to ordering, to ensure your Litter-Robot is able to be delivered asap.
Will my cat actually go inside the globe?
Cats are generally curious and tend to investigate new things. Those already familiar with a covered litter box may be quicker to investigate.
We recommend placing the Litter-Robot where the old litter box used to be, especially if your cat is fearful of new things. You can remove the old litter box or leave it next to the Litter-Robot for a short time. Then, take a cup of litter from the old box and put it in the globe of the Litter-Robot. The scent will be familiar, and your cat should be inclined to check it out. Once your cat ventures inside and feels the litter under his paws, he'll know what to do! Check out Making the Switch for more tips and tricks.
Can kittens use the Litter-Robot?
It depends how much your kitten weighs. The Litter-Robot senses the weight of your cat to know when it enters and exits, which triggers the countdown timer and cleaning cycle.
Kittens and small cats that weigh less than 2.2 kilograms may not be heavy enough for the sensor to detect. Until they weigh enough, we recommend using your Litter-Robot in "semi-automatic" mode to keep your cat safe and relieve you from litter box scooping.
For "semi-automatic" mode, leave the Litter-Robot switched off or unplugged. When you see your cat has used it, wait about 7 minutes for the waste to clump, then turn it on/plug it in. The Litter-Robot will automatically perform a cleaning cycle (takes about 2 ½ minutes), then turn it off/unplug it again. Continue this supervised, semi-automatic mode until your kittens have gained sufficient weight to activate the cat sensor.
Does the Litter-Robot have a weight limit?
No, the Litter-Robot does not have a weight limit. Size and weight often have little to do with whether a cat will adopt the Litter-Robot or not.
When we describe which Litter-Robot model is best for cats of a certain size, our recommendation is based on the size of the globe (litter bed area and height of internal space) and the size of the entryway.
Our definition of a small cat is 2-5 kilograms; medium cat is 5-7 kilograms; large cat is 7-10 kilograms; and extra large cat is any cat that weighs more than 10 kilograms. Again, the Litter-Robot does not have an upper weight limit, so whether or not the Litter-Robot will be comfortable for a large or fat cat is up to the individual. The Litter-Robot Open Air was made with larger cats in mind. It has a larger entryway and expanded litter bed area to accommodate larger cats.
Where should I put my Litter-Robot
At first, we recommend placing your Litter-Robot near your cat's old litter box. As soon as your cat starts using the Litter-Robot regularly, remove the old litter box. At this point, the placement is up to you. Because the Litter-Robot reduces almost all odor, prevents litter tracking, and has an 8-hour sleep setting (when it will not cycle), you can place it in virtually any room in the house without disturbance. If you decide to place it out of sight, set a reminder, so it's not out of mind! You'll need to change the waste drawer liner about once every 7-10 days (with one cat) and add litter as needed.
My cat won't use it. What should I do?
Just for cases like this, we have compiled a list of tips and tricks to help your cat make the switch to the Litter-Robot. If you have tried these things and your cat still refuses to use the Litter-Robot, don't worry; you are protected by our 90-Day Money-Back Guarantee. If you and your cat are not completely satisfied for any reason, just return your Litter-Robot within 90 days of receipt for a refund of the purchase price, less shipping.
Does the Litter-Robot require special litter?
The Litter-Robot works well with almost any clumping or scoopable litter. Litter beads and crystals that are small enough to pass through the screen will also work.
The Litter-Robot is not compatible with litters that are strictly absorbent, non-clumping, loose clumping, newspaper-based, or wood-based pellets. You'll find these incompatible litters create a muddy mess and interfere with the sifting process.
Feline Pine is not compatible with the Litter-Robot. The large pellet size does not sift well. It builds up on the screen, causing clean pellets to spill into the waste drawer during the cleaning cycle.
We suggest Cat Evolution Premium Clumping Litter .
Will the Litter-Robot eliminate all litter box odour?
No, the Litter-Robot will not eliminate all litter box odour. However, because waste is promptly removed and contained in the base, typical litter box odour will be reduced significantly. Additionally, a large carbon filter located in the front of the waste drawer absorbs odours and moisture to discourage mould growth (a major culprit of that telltale litter box smell). The amount of odour control the Litter-Robot will provide depends on the amount of odour created—by how many cats use it, what type of litter you use, and your cats' diets, among other things.
Of course, the more often you empty the waste drawer, the less opportunity there is for odour to escape. That said, if you empty the waste drawer and notice the Litter-Robot is still a source of unpleasant odours, we recommend changing out the bed of litter completely, deep cleaning the Litter-Robot twice per year, and replacing the carbon filter and seal strips as needed (available here).
It is also worth noting that scented litters are generally not as effective at absorbing odors as unscented litter. Instead, we recommend an unscented, odour-trapping, natural litter like Cat Evolution Premium Clumping Litter.
How often do I need to empty the waster drawer?
It depends on how many cats use the Litter-Robot, how big they are, and your personal preference. On average, for one adult cat, it is typical to empty the waste drawer once every 7-10 days; for two adult cats, you may need to empty the waste drawer up to two times per week. Check out this infographic for more information.
The Litter-Robot Open Air is equipped with infrared emitters and sensors that detect the level of waste in the drawer. A light on the control panel will come on to alert you when the waste drawer is full and needs to be emptied.
I have more than one cat. Can I use one Litter-Robot for multiple cats?
Yes! Multiple cats can use the same Litter-Robot—and each one will have a clean place to go each time, thanks to the automatic cleaning cycle. More cats means more waste, so make sure to empty the waste drawer more frequently. Use this infographic to learn how many units are best for how many cats.
If one of your cats is a kitten or may not weigh 2.2 kilograms, be sure to leave the Litter-Robot switched off or unplugged. When you see your cat has used it, wait about 7 minutes for the waste to clump, then turn it on/plug it in. The Litter-Robot will automatically perform a cleaning cycle (takes about 2 ½ minutes), then turn it off/unplug it again. Continue this semi-automatic mode until your kitten has gained sufficient weight to activate the cat sensor. See Can kittens use the Litter-Robot? above for more information.
Does the Litter-Robot require special garbage bags?
No, the Litter-Robot does not require special bags or liners for the waste drawer. As long as it fits, you can use it. Customers often use 35 to 50-litre kitchen garbage bags or large plastic grocery bags. If you're looking for an eco-friendly option, check out our custom-fit, biodegradable Waste Drawer Liners in various size packs (three come free with each Litter-Robot).
What happens if my cat tries to enter the globe while it is rotating?
The Litter-Robot will stop immediately. The cat sensor will detect your cat (by weight) and turn off the motor. It will wait 15 seconds, then attempt to resume the cleaning cycle.
If your cat or something else is still tripping the cat sensor, the Litter-Robot will not resume the cleaning cycle and a series of lights will flash indicating the problem. The Instruction Manual will help you troubleshoot common problems and our Customer Service team is here to help when you need it.
Will the globe turn while my cat is inside?
No, the globe cannot turn while your cat is inside. The cat sensor is tripped any time a cat enters or reenters the globe, resetting the timer for another 7 minutes, thereby preventing a cleaning cycle from starting while your cat is inside. See How It Works for more information.
Are there any rakes, obtrusions, or wires inside the globe that may injure my cat?
No. The globe does not contain any mechanisms or wires that could hurt or harm your cat. The Litter-Robot was designed with your cat's safety mind.
Are the electronics or power source dangerous to my cat?
No. The Litter-Robot operates on 15 Volts DC using a wall plug adapter similar to the adapters or chargers that you may use at home, including your cell phone charger. Unlike some other automated designs on the market, the Litter-Robot 15 Volt DC control system components are concealed inside the base of the unit (under the globe), unreachable by your pet. There are no electrical components or shock hazards inside the globe.
What happens if the globe jams?
If the globe jams, the motor will stop all rotation and the red and yellow lights on the control panel will flash. To fix, turn the Litter-Robot off, then on again. If the jam persists, call Customer Service at 1-877-250-7729.
The Instruction Manual will help you troubleshoot common problems and our Customer Service team is here to help when you need it.
Is dust a problem with the movement of the litter?
Not at all. In fact, dust is virtually eliminated. The slow rotation of the globe combined with the size of the filtering screen results in minimal agitation of the litter. We often hear from customers that this is one of their favourite things about the Litter-Robot: freedom from scooping means freedom from inhaling dirty dust!
How much power does the Litter-Robot consume?
If you're worried about going from a human-powered litter box to an electric one, don't be. The Litter-Robot consumes a very small amount of power. Based on the Open Air, when the motor is working to rotate the globe during a cleaning cycle, the Litter-Robot uses just 2.7 Watts of electricity. When the Litter-Robot is on standby, which is 99% of the time, it uses just 0.36 Watts of electricity.
What methods of payment do you accept?
Cat Evolution accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express through the Commonwealth Bank secure payment gateway, and PayPal. We do not accept checks or money orders.
How long is the power cord?
The power cord is 1.5m from plug in points to jack end for base. The base jack is located approx 0.24m (24cm) above the floor, at the rear of the base on the top side.