How Have I Arranged This Amazing Feat?
Kitty PoP isn’t being given away. He provides far too much cheap entertainment for us to consider that.
We also have not managed to toilet train him (as Mama PoP once attempted* with their cat, Z). This seems like it would be a great idea in theory. But our reality is different. At every opportunity, Kitty PoP will dunk his toys in an open toilet bowl and bring them to me in the middle of the night. The weirdo cat does this with his water dish, too, on occasion. But at 2am you REALLY hope it’s not a toilet monkey that’s dripping on your chest. So leaving the toilet seat intentionally up (we have firm house rules on closing the toilet because of Kitty PoP’s affinity for this) seems to be asking for trouble.
Instead, I used birthday and Christmas money from assorted family members** to buy Kitty PoP the Rolls Royce of litter boxes, the Litter Robot II Bubble Unit (complete with the additional $20 expansion window!).
Yes, that’s right. I spent $389 on a litter box.
In my best Rowan Atkinson voice: This is so-much-more than a litter box.
So How Good Is The Litter Robot?
Honestly, it’s pretty freaking great. We used to keep Kitty PoP’s litter box inside the shower of the guest bathroom (obviously we moved it when company came and needed to use the shower). If Kitty PoP left a stinker (which he loved to do while I stood in there brushing my teeth, gross!), we could run the vent fan in the bathroom to (literally) clear the air. But we were never huge fans of having the litter box in there, and if we didn’t clean it ALL THE TIME (which I didn’t because there are fewer chores I hate more than cleaning a litter box), it could get stinky.
Now the litter robot does 99% of the litter disposal for me. It works like this:
- Kitty PoP hops inside and does his business.
- When he leaves, a timer starts that counts down 7 minutes.
- When the timer is up, the sphere on the top of the Litter Robot turns very slowly, sifting the used litter and disposing it into a nice little bagged liner underneath.
- Once or twice per week when I think about it, I pull out the tray with the bag containing Kitty PoP’s used litter, tie it up and throw it out. In the meantime, there’s no smell.
Yes, no smell. We moved the litter box out of the bathroom to the guest room/my office and there’s no smell to worry about and the noise of the motor when the Litter Robot cycles on isn’t bad. It was a nice surprise to find that I totally slept through the Litter Robot’s on/off cycles when I moved into the guest room for a week when Mr PoP was really sick in December.
When we have guests stay overnight, we’ll likely move it into Mr PoP’s office or our bedroom out of courtesy, though I doubt it would bother most of them.
Was This $389 Well Spent?
With gift money like this, the givers tend to like to see me do something with it that I wouldn’t typically treat myself to, and the Rolls Royce of litter boxes ranks up with something I wouldn’t normally treat myself to, for sure!
Plus, like the Roomba we bought about 4 years ago, this purchase took one of my most hated chores and virtually removed it from my life. When the book “Happy Money” instructs us to “think about next Tuesday” when evaluating how much happiness a time or effort saving purchase will bring, I can guarantee that next Tuesday (and every Tuesday thereafter!) will be better because I won’t be scooping Kitty PoP’s litter.
So yes, it was expensive. And it’s a little odd to tell friends that my Christmas/birthday gift this year was a litter box. But I love it. And since he hasn’t told us otherwise, I’m assuming Kitty PoP loves it too! He sure uses it like a champ***!
What are you happy about this Friday?
* Also, Mama PoP’s cat pooped on her pillow (twice!) in the process of toilet training. I don’t think the toilet training progressed much further than that.
** The last birthday check my grandmother ever wrote went into this purchase, so perhaps we could call it the Grandma Betty Memorial Litter Robot?
*** Kitty PoP doesn’t have many skills, but he poops in a box. Every. Single. Time. What a good cat!
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