The Litter-Robotic 4 does what it says it would — however is that sufficient?

My litter field is an open plastic field beneath the sink in my small Brooklyn rest room. My cat, Colby Jack, likes to maintain a clear home – and by that I imply that if his litter field is soiled, he’ll pee in your garments.

So I jumped on the alternative to check out the Litter-Robotic 4(opens in a brand new tab) and its promise that I wouldn’t must comply with my cat to the lavatory and promptly clear up his enterprise. The Litter-Robotic 4 senses when Colby makes use of it after which goes by way of a cleansing cycle, shifting the soiled litter right into a trash bag and holding the litter within the field clear. Ultimate, I believed, for my neat freak of a cat.


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I used to be additionally drawn to the optionally available OdorTrap System, which is meant to neutralize litter field odors by sealing the waste draw and having a carbon filter or OdorTrap Packs. As somebody who lives in a small condo, the concept that my rest room received’t be perpetually smelly is a pleasant one. And it guarantees that its “enhanced litter-sifting expertise” limits mud, and the fence reduces litter monitoring. A pleasant thought, contemplating I vacuum day-after-day as a consequence of Colby’s incessant litter monitoring.

The Litter-Robotic 4 additionally tracks the litter and waste drawer ranges, acknowledges cats that weigh greater than three kilos, and allows you to monitor your cats exercise and weight, all of which you’ll be able to entry from the app. I used to be, admittedly, much less keen on having this details about my cat, who I believe could be actually disturbed to find how deeply I’ve begun gathering information on him. However I do love a great graph, so I gave the $649 litter field a strive.

The unboxing

Bringing the Litter-Robotic 4 to life was a feat all by itself, and one I celebrated with verve. That celebration was potential solely, after all, as a result of I didn’t must put something collectively on the finish of it. The Litter-Robotic 4 comes fully put collectively; all you need to do is plug it in. What was misplaced by having to hold this large piece of equipment up 5 flights of stairs and thru my condo — after which disassembling the cardboard field and taking it again downstairs after unpacking it — is made up for completely by the benefit of assembling the litter field. It requires nearly no work by any means: You simply plug it in, and switch it on. And there it’s: a litter field that appears like an area pod from 2001: A Area Odyssey, or a tiny little dryer, working inside minutes.

Colby Jack and me, excited to see his new rest room
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Whilst you might imagine the instructions for a system like this may make it troublesome to attach the proprietary telephone app to the gadget, that’s not true, both. It’s about three steps that took me lower than 5 minutes to finish. After which it simply… works. Unexpectedly.

The most important drawback with the unboxing, for me, was area. I couldn’t shut the door once I went into my rest room, the place Colby’s litter field is often situated. Since I’ve a roommate, and we every delight within the small bit of personal area we’ve on this condo, I needed to discover a new spot for the machine — which might solely be the lounge. Area is an enormous concern general with the Litter-Robotic 4, particularly contemplating it’s an enormous, gaping, open gap that pulls all eyes into the room towards it. It will, nonetheless, look very good in a laundry room.

Getting your cat acquainted

Colby Jack is a really courageous cat, however he’s nonetheless very small and really dumb. Through the strategy of getting him aware of this absolute dump truck of a litter field, he confirmed his disapproval by peeing on a backpack and a denim jacket that I left on the ground. I prevailed regardless of all of it and, inside a couple of week, he was utilizing it commonly. However it’s been virtually two weeks since I arrange the litter field, and he nonetheless glares at it when it cleans, and he screams at me or my roommate when he wants to make use of it. I don’t suppose Colby will ever be mates with the Litter-Robotic 4, however I consider they will be taught to work collectively.

A cat looking on to a Litter-Robot 4

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What makes this litter field particular?

There are different litter packing containers that clear themselves robotically, however what units the litter robotic aside is the WiFi- and Bluetooth-enabled app that tracks your cat’s rest room output and weight, and sends you a notification when the litter field has been cleaned. I don’t look after this, simply because I don’t significantly wish to be alerted once I’m not at house that my cat is utilizing the bathroom. One morning, I wasn’t at house and was alerted over a dozen instances as a result of my cat, being the little freak he’s, was stepping out and in of the litter field incessantly. 

A screenshot of notifications that the Litter-Robot 4 is up and running.

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I’m unsure why you’d need notifications about your cat’s bowel actions, however I’ve brainstormed just a few causes: your cat is sick and also you wish to monitor how usually they’re utilizing the restroom; you’re a one that loves tech and the information is genuinely attention-grabbing to you; you might be attending a cocktail party and got express directions that you may’t talk about something regular.

Is it well worth the excessive worth?

The litter robotic comes by way of with its guarantees: It’s quiet, it robotically cleans your cat’s litter, sends notifications to you with tons of details about your cat, and retains the odor at bay. 

However this machine additionally takes up a major quantity of actual property, and is type of a gaping gap of cat litter staring immediately at you — not a very fairly dialog piece to maintain in your house. And my cat screams at me earlier than he makes use of it, which I haven’t been unable to unpack, emotionally.

In the end, its large measurement and lack of ability to maintain litter at bay means it’s not well worth the worth for me. I might see this being an incredible instrument for somebody busy who has an enormous home and area for this little monster. For Colby and me, although, we’ll follow our little plastic field.