The PetSafe Simply Clean Litter Box System is pretty interesting in approaching the whole issue of self-cleaning. So instead of detecting your cat’s presence in the litter box, as most other automatic litter boxes do, the PetSafe Simply Clean uses a constant rotating motion to collect waste and move it into a waste receptacle. It’s overall pretty enjoyable.
So here, let’s see all of the details and whether I think this self-cleaning litter box is worth it.
What’s included in the box
So before we start talking about PetSafe Simply Clean’s performance, let’s go over what you get in the box. So when you receive the PetSafe Simply Clean, you’re going to have to start by setting everything up.
Compared to some other automatic litter boxes, the PetSafe Simply Clean Litter Box System is a bit more challenging to set up. So there are a few more parts, and it’s a little more demanding with placement than some other automatic litter boxes on the market. So once the Simply Clean is assembled, it measures 26 inches by 15.5 inches by 10 inches. Although its outside dimensions are relatively generous, this is a tiny litter box for your cat, and that will be the first thing that you’ll notice when you have assembled it. So your cat will be using this ring-shaped area that measures about nine inches wide on the inside. That’s a pretty small space for a cat to be using. So its small size might be an issue.
How does it work?
PetSafe Simply Clean is compatible with any clumping cat litter. Like most automatic litter boxes, it’s going to work best if you use an excellent hard clumping litter. But you can also use it with biodegradable litter.
You’re going to be looking for an excellent hard clumping litter, regardless of what type you’re opting for.
Once everything is set up, you’ve added your litter, and the Simply Clean is plugged in, it’s going to be time to use it. Again, unlike most automatic litter boxes, this unit doesn’t work by detecting the presence of a cat in the litter box. Instead, it moves constantly. So the bowl is continuously rotating, making a complete rotation every one and a half hours. And as it rotates, clumps run into this waste guide, which moves everything up this conveyor, which slowly moves any clumps and solid waste up into a waste drawer. So whether your cat is in the litter box or not, it’s just constantly, almost imperceptibly moving.
The PetSafe Simply Clean Litter Box System runs relatively quietly. You might be able to tell that there’s a little bit of a hum, a little bit of occasional creaking, but overall, it’s pretty quiet, especially compared to a lot of other automatic litter boxes. But how does this rotating mechanism work for keeping the litter box clean? The PetSafe Simply Clean may be a little bit inconsistent. So it is maybe running into malfunctions. And this seems to be an experience encountered by a lot of users of the PetSafe Simply Clean.
So, as soon as you have it set up, the light on the side should be green which means that it’s ready to operate and that everything is functional. If it’s red instead of being green, there’s an issue with the conveyor motor. So as the user manual suggests, unplug it and then plug it back in, and the light will go back to green. So that will seem okay.
Then the PetSafe Simply Clean will be running smoothly, and it will work well for the majority. Many customer reviews suggest that there were significant malfunctions, usually within the first week of use. So, according to customer reviews, it’s prevalent for one or both of the unit’s motors to stop working while running smoothly.
It will ensure that everything is clean
PetSafe Simply Clean does a pretty good job of keeping everything clean. So as it would rotate, any larger clumps and chunks would be directed up that conveyor and move back into the waste receptacle. This works pretty well; any big clumps will be captured, guided away, and moved out of the main litter bowl.
The rim guard seems to do an excellent job of holding litter inside of the litter box. The area around the litter box remains relatively clean. So about once a week, you’re going to want to discard the contents of the waste receptacle. To do that, you’ll slide it out and then pull your bag up out of the receptacle, and then throw the contents away. So You’ll find this process to be pretty easy and straightforward.
Not good at controlling odors
The PetSafe Simply Clean doesn’t seem to be that good at controlling odors. So even though it was picking up the majority of the waste from the litter bowl and moving it into that waste receptacle, a pretty significant amount of odor coming from the litter box. So it’s not sure if this is because the waste receptacle wasn’t sealed very well, or perhaps it’s the placement of the carbon filter—more odor coming out of this litter box than from many other automatic litter boxes.
What will your cats think of the PetSafe Simply Clean?
They will seem to like it. So even though the PetSafe Simply Clean has a pretty small litter area, your cats won’t feel uncomfortable with that litter area. I don’t think that they will bother by the constant motion of the Simply Clean. And I also don’t believe that they will bother by the sound that it makes.
What is the price of PetSafe Simply Clean?
It’s $99.95, and it’s generally priced around that hundred-dollar price point. So that’s a little bit cheaper than some other automatic litter boxes, but it’s not affordable. It’s a moderately priced automatic litter box.
This is relatively good, and if the company could find a way to make the PetSafe Simply Clean Litter Box System perform a little bit more consistently, this could be one of the most effective automatic litter boxes available on the market.
Some people are enjoying the PetSafe Simply Clean. Some of them have done their own modifications to make it work consistently. As a result, it could be a viable choice.
How to Clean the Litter Box
First of all, disconnect the power adapter from the wall outlet and the litter box. Remove the litter box frame from the crystal litter pan by lifting it. By tilting the waste trap lid outwards until the side posts fall out of the slots on the front of the litter box frame, you can remove it. Wipe all sides of the litter box frame with mild soap and water using a damp cloth or sponge. Use a sponge or a gentle brush to clean the rake. Clean the Detection Sensors on the interior edges of the litter box frame to ensure they are not clogged. Before reassembling the litter box, make sure all pieces are dehydrated.
To avoid viruses from your cat’s feces and urine, put on a pair of rubber gloves before cleaning the litter box. It’s also a good idea to clean outside the house to prevent spills from spreading inside.
How to Clean a Litter Box with Vinegar
It’s simple to use vinegar to get rid of litter box odors. Pour about a half-inch of white vinegar into the box after removing all of the existing litter. Allow it to set in the tray for about 15 minutes before mixing warm water and scrubbing the surfaces. Pour the vinegar-and-water mixture out of the tray, rinse it, and dry it. Amazing! It’s time to start over with a new litter batch. Vinegar is an environmentally friendly odor remover. Because of its odor-neutralizing properties, vinegar may be more aggressive than other solutions for odor removal, such as mild dish detergent. Vinegar is antibacterial and acidic.
How to Clean a Litter Box with Bleach
Bleach is a disinfectant that is both strong and effective. Sodium hypochlorite, the active ingredient, denatures protein in microorganisms, making it efficient against bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Household bleach is the go-to cleaning solution since it works quickly and is widely available at a reasonable cost.
To clean a litter box using bleach, follow these steps:
- Fill a disposable bag with old litter. Clean up any spills using a dustpan and brush.
- Scrape any dry litter from the box with your scooper.
- Any spills should be swept into the bag. Before placing the bag in the garbage can outside, make sure it is tightly tied.
- Use warm water and mild, unscented soap to clean the box. Make sure the inside and outside of the box are clean. It’s not a good idea to use bleach on the litter box right quickly because there could be ammonia-containing pee residue.
- Using a clean sponge or cloth, disinfect the litter box with bleach.
- Rinse the box well to remove any remaining soap or bleach.
- Allow the box to air dry. You can either air dry it or wipe it dry with paper towels. Before adding fresh litter, make sure the litter box is dry. If it’s wet, the litter will adhere to the box.