I hated this box with traditional clay litter. It clogged up the sifter so bad! I switched to pine litter, that pretty much disintegrates to dust when it gets wet and all of the dust falls through with ease! I use doggy poo bags to remove the poo from the top and then just lift the pan and shake it a bit and it's done. I have 3 in my house and can leave them 3-4 days at a time and have no odor problems at all when using this box with the pine litter.
This is an awesome concept. When it works, it's great. However... in order for it to be effective you need to fill it very deep with litter to prevent the cats from scratching it away and peeing so that it soaks down into the black sifting tray, which means that it gets clogged in the tray, which is gross and unhygenic. I like using deep litter, however in order to prevent the tray from getting clogged with caked wet litter, it is so deep that it makes the entire thing very heavy. The handle has popped off because of this. Lifting the full litter tray to dump it back into the clean tray with the sifter in it is heavy. This box does not leak as bad as some of the other van Ness boxes that I have used (one of my cats sprays the side of the box). Probably easier to use a regular box and not bother with the sifter, if you clean and wipe the box nightly it's probably just as easy.
This Cat box is very flimsy and the sides are already tearing up. The latches don’t work without force and the litter boxes bend when cleaning/refilling litter. From a company that I normally have great success with its surprising that they would sell an item like this.
I have been using for several years. I use Arm & Hammer Slide. Very easy to use. I pull the top off, lift the top tray and pour into sifter and bottom tray. Litter sifts easily; clumps and turds are sifted out and into garbage bag. The litter in the second has the clean litter in it.
I was so excited to try this and I was so disappointed. First of all in order to sift you have to be able to pick up all the cat litter in the cat box and shake it back and forth. So about 15 lbs or so. Then when they pee it all clumps on the screen so you have to scrape and poke and scrub and trying to dump it in a trash can it ends up all over the floor. It was a MESS and I felt like I totally wasted my money. I bought 2 of these. I ended up throwing the sifter parts away and am back to scooping my life away.
Same as many others have said, the amount of litter it takes to make this box effective is ludicrous. Perhaps a grid made of round wire would trap less wet waste.
I had one of these for my previous kitty for 18 years. Decided to get a new one for my Minni Cat!
-Super messy… there are 4 layers to this: top cover, sifter, tray that goes below the sifter and a 2nd tray below that one. -I have to take off the top, lift the sifter, dump the used, then remove the 2nd bottom tray and place the sifter into it, then pour the unused litter back over the sifter so the litter stays above the sifter (otherwise you obviously can’t sift it). THEN, i have to wash the now empty tray otherwise it will cause an ungodly smell. I like to scoop litter every 2 days with clay clumping litter because he loves drinking water(only likes dry food) so this is very unappealing. -Ultimately way too much work when i can just scoop every other day. It would be better if it was built only to have multiple disposable sifters at the bottom that you could lift one at a time by sifting as it comes through the litter. I’ve given up and just removed the sifter and door flap.
I would 100% not recommend this to anyone. I have had the worst experience with this litter box. The door will not stay on and get stuck forcing my cats to push the door off everytime the go. Not only that but cleaning this was a complete mess. The bottom layer With grids is meant to be make the scooping of the poop and pee easy but does the opposite. When I lift the layer wet litter with poop and pee is stuck in the grids make a high mess and cleaning the grids was an extra added horrible cleaning process I did not want to deal with. Chewy is a great company and this item does not reflect them. The product is just not a good one.
This litter box is a time saver! Instead of bending over and fishing with the poop scoop for cat chocolates and clumps, you just life the sifter and dump. It works really great! I have two of the litter boxes with sifters.