Hi I have not had kittens in 20 years. We had a cat that died at nineteen and I waited a year before the desire to adopt another one came. So this weekend my husband and I adopted another orange tabby kitten and he was caged with his sister. He played all the time he was one of seven siblings brought in when owner went into nursing home. My husband is ok with getting another and I know the one would love to have a brother or sister to play with but would a single kitten suffer without one? I raised our last one alone from seven weeks and he was very attached to us which I came to love. I guess I don't want to be left out of the mix if the two play but dont become affectionate with humans. I have three labs also the youngest is just 2. Also which catbox automatic do you reccomend, I always said if I got another cat I was not going to scoop again! I need to go now this afternoon to let adoption people know if I want both as "Crosby" is getting fixed today and I was hoping they could fit the other in so they could come home together. The Litter robot looked pricy but logical, the littersystem with the cabinet so I dont bend looks good. Have had 8 back surgeries son bending is not an option really.Thanks in advance for any help, Irishwabbit
I can't help you on the auto-litter box, I've never seen one I like. But as for two kitties versus one, I got two kittens because I am away from home for about 10 1/2 hours, 5 days a week and I didn't want one kitty to get bored. Both of them are equally affectionate toward me and both come running as soon as I come in the door. If you are home all the time to give them attention, one kitty is fine by itself. I've done that too. With two kitties at once it is very important to take time to lavish attention on each of them so they develop and retain a stong bond with you.
I don't think the litter robot is a good idea for kittens because the concept of climbing up inside might scare them. Also the inside has limited space so if they get big it may be uncomfortable or if it's too small they just won't go in and they will potty someplace else. I had the Littermaid and I hated that one too. I had found this other forum once where it was all people talking about litter and different automatic litterboxes. If I can find it later I will PM it to you. I have to remember the search terms that brought it up. But I have had 4 kittens in the past year so I am pretty good with kitten behavior. I have 13 month old, 11 month old, 7 month old and 9 week old females. I know what they like and dislike. I looked at the litter robot and I just thought it was very weird. More about human convenience than about the cat's needs.
There is a product that you need to check out if you absolutely don not want to ever worry about scooping or changing cat litter ever again.
It's called Cat Genie. I just got mine about 3 days ago it took me about 45 minutes to put together. I LOVE this machine. And it's designed for up to two cats which was perfect for me since we have two.
They used it the very same day, i set it up in our laundry area where the old litter box used to be.
How It Works:
It liquifies the waste, washes the litter box, then uses washes and dries the litter granules in the litter area, and lastly there is a hose the carries the liquified wast to your toilet or you can put it on the laundry area and the wast goes down the same waste pipe as the water from the washing machine.
So there is no scooping or changing and it costs less than the litter robot :-)
Why I Don't Like The Litter Robot:
The problem with the litter robot as I see it from the video that I saw on their website is that you still have to bend over to grab the tray to empty it which would still be terrible for your back.
Why I Don't Like The Breeze Litter System:
You still have to change the darned thing. Although it is cheaper you get what you pay for. No need to say more.
Note: The cat genie offers a 3 month payment plan so I only paid 99 dollars initially to get it send to me.
If you want to learn more about the cat genie i have posted some links for you below:
I saw an info-mercial for that Litter Genie thing. It looks pretty nifty. Let us know if it keeps working. 3 days use is a little premature to swear by any product in my opinion. If I remember correctly, wasn't it a little pricey?
Stay as far away from the litter maid as you can. I spend more time cleaning it than the plain old litter box. I'm not the least bit machanically inclined, but if there is a way to check the power on the motor do it.
I think it would be okay either way, one or two kittens. I grew up with a pair of siblings, and they both were very loving with the humans of the house, as well as playing with each other. But I also don't think a cat would be miserable without a feline companion at all.
Congrats on your new kitty (maybe kittieS)!
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I have owned a Litter Robot for 7 years. It has been fantastic!!! I highly recommend it. Do to having 2 sick cats over the last few years we are looking to get another one. Our current unit has survived 7 cats/kittens. DO to the illness issues I can not get the odor out of the lining. That occured after my really sick kitty used it and refused to pee in the litter but chose to pee on the edge of it. I use alot less litter with it then a traditional cat box. 28lbs doesnt last 3 days right now using the regular box (3 cats) but would last 4-6 weeks using the robot. All you have to do is pull the bag out of it once or twice a week depending on the number of cats. We usually pull 3 times or so. Hope that helps!