Is the Litter-Robot right for my cat?

Most cats—big or small, young or old, curious or fearful—take to the Litter-Robot. Some cats take longer to adjust than others, but with patience and support, they typically overcome any initial hesitation. Our tried-and-true steps to acclimating your cat to the Litter-Robot facilitate the transition by helping your cat explore the new unit, gain comfort around it, and enter the globe. Once a cat feels the litter under her feet, she knows what to do.

There are some cases, however, where a cat is less likely to use the Litter-Robot, or where you may have to adapt your use of the Litter-Robot. Remember, you have 90 days to try the Litter-Robot in your home under our Guarantee. Here are some special circumstances to consider when deciding if the Litter-Robot is right for your cat. 

Does your cat weigh more than five pounds?

The Litter-Robot relies on a weight-sensitive switch that detects when your cat enters or exits the litter chamber. Cats that weigh 5 pounds 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.

Cats that weigh more than 15 pounds may not be comfortable in the space provided by the Litter-Robot II Classic and Bubble. However, many owners of larger cats have let us know that their cats use those Litter-Robot models without any problem. 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.

Is your cat diabetic?

Diabetic cats can produce very large urine clumps—large enough that they may not fall through the waste port into the waste drawer. Unfortunately, this would prevent the Litter-Robot from automatically cleaning the litter. That said, if the urine clumps are only intermittently above-average size, then the benefit of the Litter-Robot's automatic cleaning might outweigh the infrequent times you have to intervene to dispose of the large-size clumps.

Is your cat confident and easygoing?

Most cats greet new things with a healthy degree of caution, but those cats that are very skittish, nervous, or easily scared may not good candidates for the Litter-Robot. They may be too nervous to try something new. Also, cats that do not accept change well, especially elderly cats, may reject a new litter box design. The more experimental and curious your cat is, the more easily he or she will accept the Litter-Robot.

You’re protected.

Whether these questions have given you hope or doubt about your cat's likeliness to use the Litter-Robot, we want you to feel comfortable trying the Litter-Robot in your home. So, give it a try and use our tips and tricks to facilitate the transition. If you or your cat are not completely satisfied for any reason, just send the unit back within 90 days to receive a refund. See complete details here.

Have a question?

If you have further questions, please email us at or call, toll-free, 1-877-250-7729 (M-F, 9am–7pm Eastern).

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