Open the Pod Bay Door, HAL.

I splurged and bought a new Litter Robot III Open Air litter box. Mostly because Phoebe, the little shit (pun intended) has been leaving logs at the foot of the stairs. I have no idea why she does this. So I decided to try this, since it has a 90-day money-back guarantee. What could go wrong?

As the instructions suggest, it’s best to introduce the new Litter Robot to your cat(s) slowly. They suggest not turning it on until the cat gets used to its presence (it’s quite large and odd looking), and to put some litter from their old pan in there so it has their scent on it.

I did this and within a day, Duncan, my Maine Coon, who is easy-going and confident, was enthusiastically using it. The funny thing about it is that, after the cat has left the box, the Litter Robot waits about 5-7 minutes to start its cleaning cycle. When he hears that, Duncan runs back into the bedroom and stares at it, and a few times, he’s gone so far as to stick his head in to see what’s going on.

The first time it did this, they both ran over to it and looked at it is if they had both seen the second coming of Christ. Phoebe has actually SEEN Duncan use it several times. I thought sure that would encourage her to use it. Seeing as how Duncan didn’t spontaneously burst into flames after using it, I had hoped that would give her confidence. So far, she continues to poop at the foot of the stairs. I have no idea where she is peeing.

But at least the new Litter Robot makes Duncan happy and it certainly has made cleaning litter boxes much easier and more sanitary for me. I will keep it. I just don’t know what to do about Phoebe.

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