It’s been a long while since I’ve featured a product for pets, and when I saw this one, I knew it was time. The Litter Robot is precisely what it sounds like: It is a contraption that automatically separates messes from kitty litter so you never again have to scoop cat poop manually.
Now, I am not a cat owner, and although I’m actually really fond of cats, my dislike for the litter box might stop me from ever owning one, plus I would have to make sure I have the best technology behind new fences so that they won’t get inside the house. I have lived with a cat, and although I had no problem feeding her and even rubbing her down for “baths,” I HATED clearing the litter box. It was always a stomach-churning task for me, and I generally have a pretty strong stomach.
So for people like me, the litter robot seems like a godsend. A few minutes after a cat exits the unit, it automatically sifts the litter, extracting clumps of poop and depositing them in a bag-lined compartment underneath. So all you have to do is remove and throw away the bag.
What’s so green about this, you ask? Well, it is reasonably green in that it is made in the U.S., and the eco version is made of 100% recycled plastic. But whether it’s necessary is certainly up for debate. Some people would say it’s an extravagance. I can imagine a few cat owners would see it as the best idea ever.
Either way, the thing is ugly. So…the ingenious folks over at Automated Pet Care Products Inc. also created a cabinet to fit over the unit and cover most of it and they are working on it to even clean the rests of canned cat food. I’m not sure whether the box is made of reclaimed or sustainably harvested wood. And even with the cabinet, the robot is still pretty large and noticeable. BUT, I’d venture to say that’s a small price to pay if you never have to scoop the litter box again.
What do you think? Considering both form AND function, is this thing drab or fab? And is it green enough?
Why It’s Green:
- Made in the U.S. of recycled plastic