Littermaid LM980 Mega Self-Cleaning Litter Box – Full Review

Littermaid LM980 Mega Self-Cleaning Litter Box

Littermaid LM980 Mega Self-Cleaning Litter Box

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:

The Littermaid LM980 Mega Self-Cleaning Litter Box is designed for multi cat households under 15 pounds. With an extra high walls to keep waste inside the box and off the floor.

It has a removable automatic rake for easy cleaning and motion sensors that activate cleaning cycle, safety bar to stop rake in case of blockage.

It runs on current or 8 AA batteries as backup in case of power outage, so battery option should not be used as main power source.

 

HOW IT WORKS:

The LitterMaid Mega Self-Cleaning Litter Box automatically scoops your cat litter box 10 minutes after the pet has used it, collecting the waste into a sealed, disposable receptacle while a carbon filter activates to absorb odors.

The 10-minute delay cleaning cycle is triggered by timed dual-motion sensors that activate by your cat’s movement when your pet is entering the litter box. If the cat re-enters the unit, the machine will reset and start an extra 10-minute delay for a new cleaning cycle. Also, you can choose manual activation for an immediate clean.

 

FEATURES

  • High Wall
  • Plastic Rake
  • Paw Cleaning Ramp
  • Included Scoop/Rake Cleaner
  • Safety Bar
  • Dual setup in Automatic or Manual Activation
  • Holds 50% more litter
  • Waste Receptacles (4)
  • Carbon Filters (4)

Pros and Cons of the Littermaid LM980 Mega Self-Cleaning ?

PROS

  • The Littermaid rake automatically scoops along the litter.mano arriba
  • It helps to reduce the amount of scooping necessary to maintain a clean litter.
  • New design that lets you with the push of 2 buttons remove the rake off for easy cleaning.
  • Rake has better scooping ability than previous Littermaid version.
  • Unit has 10 minutes delay to allow cats leave the litter box without getting scared because of the motor activity and noise.
  • It has a ramp designed to make the cat walking on it without leaving the litter tracking on the floor.
  • This Littermaid version is longer, wider and deeper than the older.
  • Collects waste much more quickly than doing it manually.

 

CONS

  • Motor noise is loud.
  • There is scooping task that still needs to be done (e.g. on sides)mano abajo
  • Soft feces get stuck in the rack.
  • This machine doesn’t handle urine as well as feces.
  • Some customers report that the unit stopped working and it wasn’t fast to get the replacement.
  • The waist storage container is very small for two cats
  • Litter box depth is not enough to put the recommended 2-3 inches of litter.

 

Tips For A Better Use Of The Littermaid LM980

  • Always keep the litter somewhere between the 2 red lines indicated on winksmallthe side. If you put too much your Littermaid will possibly go crazy moving the rake back and forth, without stopping, and it will end up collecting large amounts of litter at the back of the box.
  • If the power interrupts, resets the unit to “off”.
  • Make sure not to get the sensor eye wet. This can damage the machine.
  • Use good clumping litter and not to over fill the box, otherwise you will be putting a strain on the rake and motor.
  • If you have the unit close to the bedroom, turn it off at night. This unit is not extremely loud, but if you are a light sleeper this might wake you up.

 

CONCLUSION:

This is a good solution if you want an extra help in scooping your cat litter box daily, but if you are thinking about eliminating your physical contact with cat litter and waste, I don’t recommend you to buy it.

 

√ I recommend it for one cat and only in these situations:

  • If you want an extra help to the scooping litter box task.
  • If you want to use it occasionally when going away couple of days.
  • If your cat does not have stool problems or either urinate excessively.
  • If your cat does not get scared to noises.
  • If you or your cat can handle the Littermaid motor noise.
  • If you don’t mind to buy receptacles for replacement.

 

√ I do not recommend it in these situations:

  • If you want a 100% automatic scooping solution (still needs maintenance).
  • If you want to buy it because you don’t want to have contact with your cat waste.
  • For a multiple cats household
  • Cats that urinate more than normal or with stool problems.
  • If you don’t want to deal with replacements.
  • If you want a product that lasts several years.




2 Responses to “Littermaid LM980 Mega Self-Cleaning Litter Box – Full Review”

  1. CatMinion says:

    I have been using Littermaids since they first arrived in the 1980’s If you loved your kitty, but had to travel out of town on business like I did, they were a great problem solver.

    There are TWO lines of Littermaids – the ELITE and CLASSIC. I prefer the Classic, since the Elite one I had broke – the rake is metal. If you have more than one cat, buy the Mega size. If you more than two cats, I suggest you buy two boxes or be prepared to empty the waste bins more often. Elites can have accessories like cover tents if you are into that thing.

    The originals were made in the USA and wore like iron. (Of course this is what put the original company into bankruptcy since there were no resales!) The new company that bought the bankrupt company now builds overseas, and they are not as durable. But following some simple rules will help them last 4-5 years.

    1. LITTER Buy a good hard and FAST clumping litter. The cheapest and best I’ve found is Tidy Cats Odor Erasers Scoop For Multiple Cats 24/7 Performance Cat Litter. It has to clump FAST so that they are ready to go by the time the timer tells the rake to start scooping. You want HARD clumping so they don’t shatter as they are coaxed to the waste bin.

    -Warning some “clumping” litters are too sticky and adhere to the rake and box bottom and can jam the rake and brake it. I had BAD experiences with Arm and Hammer in this regard which broke the Elite rake.

    2, MONITOR THE FILL LINE Don’t overfill or this makes the sensors unable to complete a cycle and it will back up and forth. This puts wear and tear on the motor. Likewise don’t let the level get too low or there isn’t a critical mass of litter to clump. If your cats are ‘mound builders’, occasionally you may have to give the box a simple shake to even out the level after it’s done scooping.

    3. WASTE BINS Here’s a trick to save on buying waste bins so often: line them with disposable grocery bags. But first, take a second bin and cut off the top rim about a half inch all round. That way you are making the whole bin area stronger to support the plastic bag. There is a company called LazerArt that makes a permanent replacement for the lids (which I found a PITA, to keep replacing anyway) and a frame that holds the bag open and in place, I found these to be worth it. Clean up was really quick: Flip the lid, pull up the handles on the bag. pull up, tie ends, and dispose. Eventually you’ll get into the rhythm of it and it goes fast.

    4. SMELL The above litter is the best I’ve found to lock out the urine smell without having to put up with the yucky perfumy ones. My cats are really good about covering up their solid business, too. If you have a lazy cat who doesn’t you will smell it until it gets scooped. I have special needs kitties and so feed them NO GRAIN food – wet and dry. While it costs more, I have noticed that after two weeks their ‘depositing’ smelled very little. I also have a Lysol automatic air freshener ( set for the half hour cycle) in the room on a top shelf, just in case a guest goes to the loo where the box is.

    I think I have covered all my tricks to making your Littermaid the scooping wonder you want it to be. If I remember anything else, I’ll post it here.

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