What is a self-cleaning litter tray and how does it work?

If you have a cat, you will know that cleaning the litter tray is not necessarily one of the highlights of the day. The constant scooping, sifting and removal of faeces can be annoying and unpleasant. What if there was a better, more efficient method? This is where self-cleaning litter trays come into play.

What is a self-cleaning litter tray?

Self-cleaning litter trays are essentially automated versions of conventional litter trays. Instead of removing the faeces manually, the device takes over this task automatically. This means less work, less odour and less waste.

How does a self-cleaning litter tray work?

Most self-cleaning litter trays have sensors that recognise when your cat has left the toilet. After a certain period of time, when the faeces have accumulated, a mechanism is activated that transports the faeces into a separate container. Here are the general steps:

Sensors: They recognise when a cat enters and leaves the toilet. Some systems also have weight sensors to ensure that cleaning does not start while the cat is still in the toilet.

Time delay: After the cat has left the toilet, the system waits a few minutes to allow the faeces to settle.

Cleaning mechanism: Depending on the design of the toilet, it can be a rake, a sieve or a rotating platform. It collects the clumped faeces and transports them to a waste bin.

Waste bin: This is usually a sealed area that minimises odours. On many models, the container can be closed with a lid or flap so that it can be easily removed and emptied without coming into contact with the waste.

Emptying: From time to time, the litter bins need to be emptied, the system cleaned and, if necessary, fresh cat litter refilled.

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