- Product Dimensions: 69.8 x 48.3 x 40.6 cm ; 9.53 Kg
- Boxed-product Weight: 10.5 Kg
- Item Model Number: PAL00-15342
- ASIN: B016PXH9R2
- Date first available at Amazon.com.au: 29 June 2018
- Customer Reviews: 1,114 customer ratings
PetSafe ScoopFree Ultra Self-Cleaning Cat Litter Box, Covered, Automatic with Disposable Tray, Taupe - PAL00-15342
|Price:||+ $174.06 Delivery|
- SELF-CLEANING LITTER BOX: Self-cleans for weeks with no scooping, cleaning or refilling
- UNBEATABLE ODOR CONTROL: Crystal cat litter absorbs urine and dehydrates solid waste to remove odors; covered trap locks away solid waste and odor so you never have to touch or see smelly waste
- LESS MESS: Low-tracking crystals don’t stick to your cat’s feet and are 99% dust-free
- LEAK PROTECTION: Plastic tray lining creates a powerful extra barrier to help protect against leakage. For indoor use only
- EASY, CONVENIENT CLEANUP: No scooping required; simply remove the disposable litter tray and throw it away
- PEACE OF MIND: Health counter tracks how many times your cat uses the box and safety sensors automatically reset the rake timer if your cat re-enters the box
- EXPERIENCE: PetSafe brand has been an industry leading U.S. manufacturer of pet behavior, containment and lifestyle products since 1991, helping millions of people and pets each year
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The PetSafe ScoopFree Ultra Self-Cleaning Litter Box is an innovative, automatic litter box that stays fresh and clean without the hassle. Instead of scooping every day, the litter box does all the work for you! Clean-up is as easy as placing the lid on the disposable tray and throwing it away. ScoopFree gives you and your cat a consistently clean litter box you both will love.
Included in the Box
- Self-Cleaning Cat Litter Box
- Privacy Hood
- Original Scent Blue Crystal Cat Litter Bag
- Cat Litter Tray with Lid
- Power Adaptor
- Operating Guide
- Exterior of the Litter Box: 19 1/8 in. W x 27 5/8 in. L x 6 3/8 in. H (16 in. tall with hood)
- Cat Potty Area: 14 in. W x 15 1/2 in. L
- Cat Litter Tray Weight: 6.5 lb.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can my kitten use the ScoopFree box?
A: For kittens less than 6 months old, leave the litter box unplugged and scoop waste until they are over 6 months.
Q: How can I acclimate my cat to the crystal cat litter?
A: Most cats will easily adapt to the ScoopFree Self-Cleaning Litter Box, but some cats may need an adjustment period to get acclimated. Here are some helpful tips:
- Place the new ScoopFree litter box next to your cat's current litter box, allowing her to have access to both boxes for at least a week.
- Add a few handfuls of your cat's old, unused litter to the new crystal litter tray. You can also add some of the crystal litter to their current box.
- Stop cleaning your cat's old litter box, allowing it to remain dirty. Cats prefer a clean litter box, so this will help make the new ScoopFree litter box more appealing.
- Once your cat has transitioned to the ScoopFree box, remove her old box.
Q: How can I get the most use out of my ScoopFree crystal cat litter?
A: There are a few ways to maximize the life of your ScoopFree crystal cat litter:
- Place the ScoopFree litter box away from areas of high humidity, such as bathrooms, showers and basements. Since the crystal litter controls odor by absorbing moisture, having extra moisture in the air will shorten the life of the tray. Try placing it in a room with moving air to pull away moisture, like a room with a fan.
- If your cat consistently urinates in the same spot, try stirring the crystals occasionally to help distribute saturated crystals.
- Cats with diets that are high in crude fiber and ash content will produce more solid waste, which can prematurely fill the waste trap. Consider changing your cat's diet to a food with no byproducts or fillers.
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The review that so astounded me was by someone who didn't understand the very basic concept of using the BOX the litter comes in, as a vital element of the Unit.
They CLEARLY poured the crystal litter directly into the plastic ScoopFree Unit and didn't use the treated cardboard litter BOX, that slides into the Unit and functions as a temporary disposable litter BOX.
When the time comes to change the litter, you slide the treated BOX of soiled litter out, put the TOP back back on the BOX, and you have one very neat and tidy BOX of soiled litter ready for the garbage can. I prefer to be extra neat and tidy and slide the securely covered box of soiled litter into a 13 gallon trash bag and tie the top of the bag, so absolutely NONE of the soiled (wet) litter spills out.
The CRYSTAL LITTER should NEVER touch the plastic bottom of the ScoopFree Unit. If some soiled litter does get on the plastic, because (as shown in the photos) the BOX was never used in the first place.. and then far too much time passed before attempting to change the litter! I find this very hard to believe, but in this case, the plastic should THEN, be carefully cleaned using Soft Scrub with Bleach to clean and disinfect the plastic unit, then RINSE it VERY carefully so as not to get ANY water or moisture of any kind into the electrical mechanism! Then DRY the plastic unit THOROUGHLY with paper towels, so it is totally DRY, before SLIDING the BRAND NEW CLEAN & DRY BOX OF LITTER, with the LID removed, and saved for the next time, to do the VERY SIMPLE task of sliding out the BOX of soiled litter in its shiny treated cardboard box. To be ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN you don't LOSE the TOP, you can "double box" the bottom, by setting your clean cardboard box of fresh litter right into what WAS the TOP, NOW TURNED OVER, to receive the box of litter, so you have two thicknesses of cardboard protecting the plastic, and can now very easily replace the TOP onto the BOX, the next time you change the litter.
I find this kind of MAJOR error impossible to believe.. but THIS is how you clean up the mess, and start fresh, for next time.
This is the easiest and most sanitary litter box that exists, IF YOU FOLLOW THE VERY SIMPLE DIRECTIONS!
I bred Ragdoll Show Cats for many years and HIGHLY recommend this wonderful SCOOPFREE litter box to everyone with cats.
I would also like to point out that the 45 days is the absolute maximum for ONE cat. (They assume you have SOME common sense and would NEVER subject a cat to such FILTH!)
If you have more than ONE cat, the rule of thumb is ONE litter box per Cat, PLUS ONE! So If you have 3 cats, you would have 4 litter boxes.
Cats need to be kept in an extremely clean environment, the great thing about the SCOOPFREE is the cat is never exposed to excrement, as it is raked away, after each use. I always add a little fresh litter as the days pass, and have never tried to go for 45 days, it would be difficult to calculate with multiple cats. Let's just say.. if you wouldn't feel comfortable touching the litter, it is too soiled for your cat or kitten to walk on.. and then track around your home and into your bed.
Properly used, these are amazingly wonderful, easy to manage, litter boxes and I highly recommend them!!
None of these are problems with the Petsafe - it works reliably day after day, week after week, to the point where I don't even think about it and can even trust that it will work if I need to go away for several days (leaving enough food and fresh filtered water of course).
I highly recommend spending the extra few dollars for the Ultra model, just to get the usage counter that it comes with. The counter lets you accurately track how many times your cat has used the litter and when it needs to be refreshed/replaced. It also provides me with a weekly measure of whether or not my cat's kidney issues are worsening.
(note - the Ultra model also includes a cover but I find it just gets in the way so I don't use it.)
Reading the many reviews and comments, I have seen three concerns that I would like to address:
Concern #1 - The cardboard litter boxes leak
The cardboard litter tray that came with my unit and Petsafe brand replacements I have purchased are lined with heavy plastic. As noted above, my cat is peeing heavily and tends to pee in the exact same area repeatedly, but while I have observed that the litter is very wet in the area that he directly pees on I have not observed any leakage. Perhaps Petsafe has upgraded the plastic lining since those comments were made or they were not Petsafe brand boxes. However, if I ever do find that leakage is a problem, I would just purchase one of the several reusable plastic trays I've seen listed.
Concern #2 - replacing the entire tray is bulky and inconvenient:
I find the trays rather large and bulky and lifting the entire unit to be awkward for disposal as Petsafe recommends. Instead, I have evolved a weekly routine where I use a small 3-4" plastic dust pan and flat 3-4" plastic pusher (e.g. a cheap drywall joint knife) to scoop up the sections of the litter that are noticeably wet (it changes color) into a trash bag and then just add an equivalent amount of fresh litter. I've been doing this for over two months and have found it to be a lot less work than throwing away the entire box. And, it is definitely a lot less work than the daily litter box cleaning I was doing before. (Also the crystal litter is a lot lighter in weight to both buy and dispose of).
As noted above, I am still on the same original cardboard plastic-lined container box so I plan to continue with those, but if that ever becomes a problem I will just purchase one of the permanent reusable litter trays.
Concern #3 - The Petsafe replacement system of litter tray refills ($17-$20) is expensive:
I have found two ways to significantly lower the cost of replacement litter and boxes
a. With my weekly used litter removal / replacement routine described above, I am saving a significant amount by just purchasing the litter crystal only and either re-using the container tray or purchasing a permanent plastic tray. So far I have had good luck with the ScoopFree Premium Crystal Litter 2-Pack (two 5lb bags for $19.99, exact same crystal litter as the original), and Nature's Miracle Easy Care Crystal Litter (8-Pound for $12.80). I have seen others on Amazon for as little as 8 lbs for $9.00 that I will eventually try.
b. If you want to stick with Petsafe's recommended replace-the-entire-tray system, you can buy them in packs of three ($39.99) or six ($80.50), providing significant discounts from single purchases.
These costs are lower than what I was paying before for regular clumping litter on a monthly basis. And, if you purchase the replacement litter / trays using Amazon Subscribe & Save, you can save an additional 5% - 15%.
- Size and smell are really critical in my tiny studio. I've been using the Scoop Free for several days and even with 3 cats it doesn't smell. The unit is somewhat large but significantly smaller than two separate boxes. The lidded Ultra version is large enough for my two big males (13 and 15lbs). I have not experienced the sludgy crystals that some commented about but my place is relatively dry and my cats don't have any urinary issues.
- Noise is also important because my bed is 6 feet away. You can hear this unit, but I don't find it very loud and it has not disturbed me in my sleep.
- Cleanliness is awesome. With three cats using this one box, I only have to clean the tray every 2-3 days. It's all neatly piled so that process is pretty quick and easy.
- Forever Tray and FreshStep (or similar store brand) crystals work great with this system and substantially reduce recurring costs.
- Crystal litter gets tracked everywhere! This is true regardless of litter box though. I highly recommend getting a rubber mat that catches litter.
- My cats are currently super curious about the automated scooping and sometimes they stand on the moving door to watch the rake. Not sure if this will cause motor problems from extra strain in the future. Hopefully they will give this up once the novelty wears off.
So that's my first week. I'll update later!
*Update* Changing from 5 stars to 3: I've been using this product for a little over 6 months now. My cats like it and have never been afraid of it. In fact, they still play with the comb and cause the machine to freeze meaning I have to reset it to properly scoop. This often results in some poop being stuck on the backside of the box BEHIND the comb. It gets smushed back there and is not fun.
With 3 cats I change the crystals every 4-5 days which really isn't too inconvenient. It allows me to have one box that I can sort of ignore (by see above) for most of the week.
However, crystal litter is THE WORST litter and I've tried 4 different brands. I say this because it tracks absolutely EVERYWHERE in my house. Did I buy a fancy cat paw mat? Yes!! Does it help curb the onslaught of crystals? No, not nearly enough. They are everywhere and they absorb urine so it's like walking around crushing pop rocks of pee under your feet. For this reason I'm at my wits end with this product and have grown to HATE it. I'm going to give some clumping litter a try before I dismantle entirely, but note those are not recommended for use because they'll wear out the motor so even if that works it's not ideal for such an expensive product. Despite the mechanics of this being a fairly decent product I wouldn't recommend that people buy it because of the crystal litter.
-It works as described on the package....
-The cats used it despite being freaked out/enthralled by it
-We have to clean this thing every 3-4 days for 2 cats.
-The urine would smell so bad, even the cats wouldn't go near it if we didn't stay on top of cleaning it and they ended up peeing all over the house.
-The pan is so shallow (only about an inch deep) and barely holds crystal litter and waste.
-We switched to regular clumping litter due to the unbearable urine smell from using just the crystals. One Amazon reviewer stated they switched and had no issues. We didn't have any major issues, just that the rake tried to get at urine too quickly and gets stuck on the clumps. The cover in the front of the litter box is too small to handle the clumped waste so it kept falling off. And somebody *cough cough* dumps an excessive amount of litter in the shallow box and the rake just ends of pushing it outside the box onto the floor. Now, it feels like we have an expensive automated box that just pushes the cat waste around. We still have to scoop and clean the box and so this hasn't saved us any hassle.
Conclusion: An unfortunate waste of money.
I left the timer set to 20 minutes (even though it's adjustable) so that the crystals will have the maximum time to do their work. Also be sure to follow their directions about where to place the litter box – e.g. don't place it where there is high humidity.
The operation is relatively quiet and smooth. My cat watches it as it goes, and seems intrigued and a little startled, but it hasn't stopped him from using the box. Speaking of using the box: Follow their suggestions about transitioning slowly (read their materials). My cat was wary of using it at first (likely because of the light scent and blue-green color). To encourage him, I added a very light covering of his previous litter on top. That helped a bit to make him less hesitant, but what really worked was to take a single poo and a small part of some clumped urine from the old litter and put it in there. Once he saw/smelled that he was willing to give it a shot. It took a few uses for him to get used to the crystals, so you may want to use this trick several times at first.
Having the counter is helpful, at least for curiosity sake at the beginning. I'm not currently using the hood, but once he's really comfortable with the box and crystals, I'll give it a shot. Without it, the tracking of crystals is no worse than regular litter (might even be less, since the sides are higher than my previous litter box).
Once it scoops the poop away, the smell leaves the room, and that's that. The pee just evaporates. The cats immediately gravitated to it because they realized it was always clean (as opposed to how it used to be cleaned every few days). I've had it for one and a half weeks with 2 cats. I expected it to be full by now, but apparently they pee more than poop. I used scoop-able litter, so it was always just a bug clump. Not anymore.
I've read about manually cleaning it out once in a while and manually mixing the crystals around. I was expecting to that daily, but that really only seems to be weekly maybe. It's not bad at all. The disposable trays while convenient seem to cost about $15 for 3-4 weeks. If you buy into the plastic bottom, and bag of crystals separately, seems you can get the cost down to $10. Another in this thread mentioned a brand of over the counter stuff which would make this very cheap, but I suspect more maintenance with that.
I watched a lot of videos evaluating the various options available. After maybe an hour of time, I settled on this, despite the high cost. I am quite satisfied with the choice, and so are the cats.
First off, the litter box is quite large, but the actual footprint for the cats to use is small. I'm not sure how my large tabby cat fits in it and uses it successfully.
With two cats I'm lucky if this litter boxes lasts me two days, when it is supposed to last at least a week.
The moisture absorbing particles do nothing to cut down on that stinky litter box smell.
The litter is expensive! And if I need to be replacing it every couple of days I am quickly going to burn through my budget.
The litter tracks everywhere, and unlike it being an annoyance with clay litter this stuff hurts to step on.
In addition I bought the reusable tray. I get more litter and poo on the ground trying to remove the thing than actually stays in the box. It's a pain to clean up.
I wish I could return it, but I'm not within the return window.
Buyer beware! This box is a waste of your time and money if you own multiple cats.
Yes my carbon footprint is larger but being bent over a basement slop sink, cleaning the box is not worth the pain of my lower lumbar and again my time can be allocated somewhere else to reduce my carbon foot print another way.
Product is worth every dollar. I used my Chase Saphire points towards acquiring this product therefore, it did not cost me one penny which was even better.
Some more advise. If your cat likes to chew on wires my suggestion would be to use a wire cover or wrap in electrical tape so it does not chew through the wire for the plug.
If you live a busy life my suggestion would be to set up a auto purchase from Amazon for cardboard trays and crystal litter so you never run out.