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This $700 robot litter box changed my life

Whisker's Litter-Robots automate a messy job while managing your cat's health, and now I'll never return to a regular litter box.
Written by Allison Murray, Staff Writer
An orange cat in a black robot litter box
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Being a cat person means I don't have to take my pet outside when it's raining or freezing cold. However, it also means dealing with a dirty litter box and scooping poop daily -- a not-so-fun task. 

I used to hate having to scoop my cat Norbert's litter multiple times a day in an effort to keep our house smelling clean. However, I recently made the switch to the self-cleaning Whisker Litter-Robot 4 and it's safe to say it has changed my life (as well as Norbert's). 

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This high-tech litter robot comes with a price tag of $700 and has options of a Litter-Robot 4 or Litter-Robot 3, as well as useful accessories like litter, a litter trap mat, odor trap packs that further eliminate odor, and more, depending on the bundle.

The Whisker Litter-Robot 4 connects to the Whisker app, which gives you insight into when your cat is in the box, when a cleaning cycle is happening, and when a cleaning cycle is complete, as well as an entire history and your cat's average usage. I never paid much attention to how often my cat was using the litter box during the day, and I feel a lot better now knowing every time he's going and his normal range.

The device even has a smart scale built into the Litter-Robot 4, which automatically records your cat's weight each time they use it so that you can keep track of any concerning weight gain or weight loss.

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I've noticed this robot litter box is much quieter than other robot litter boxes I've seen at friends' houses, and it's never scared Norbert away.

After using the Whisker Litter-Robot 4, I will never return to a regular litter box. The insight it gives me into Norbert's overall health and the daily, automatic cleaning makes it completely worth it. I recommend this litter box to every cat owner. 

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