I want to automate cat litter scooping, however, I do not want to frighten our cats or take away their sense of territory. Can these goals be reconciled?
I need to reduce the amount of time I spend on chores, including scooping cat litter. To that end, I was looking at the completely automated (and very expensive) (Litter-Robot
and the manually-rotated Omega Paw Self-Cleaning Litter Box
However, I came across this counter-argument to automated litter boxes
from the My Cat From Hell guy. He says that litter box smells give cats a sense of ownership and that scooping after every time they go (which the Litter-Robot does automatically) is alienating to them. It makes sense to me; when Dr. Wily
goes in Bonus Cat
's box, he gets annoyed and has to go in there and fix things up.
I don't want to alienate anyone; we already have a tense adversarial situation between our two cats, which we're slowly defusing (we think).
Is there a way I could get one of these fancy litter boxes, but somehow make them scoop only once a day or so? Or is their ability to scoop dependent on frequent scooping? And is that good enough to not wipe out the cat smells necessary for them to feel secure in their ownership?
Other ways of accomplishing less time spent scooping while not freaking anyone out are welcome, too.