Undoubtedly, the greatest perk of owning an automatic litter box is eliminating the need for maintenance. With AutoEgg, you’re free to get on with your daily life without the worry of keeping up with a scooping schedule.
Manual scooping is not as effective as the cleaning processes used in self-cleaning litter boxes. Because of this, most cat owners with a traditional litter tray will find they not only require regular deep cleanings but more often than not a total replacement.
Our unit was designed for the deepest clean possible using a zig-zag litter tray paired with a horizontal raking system. What that translates to for owners is a better clean for your cat and less worry of keeping the litter box spotless.
That being said, even high-tech devices will require some maintenance to continue running effectively long term. Therefore, all self-cleaning litter boxes do need a manual deep clean once in a while. Fortunately, we’ve made the process of cleaning the AutoEgg as quick and painless as possible, so keeping your smart litter box in tip-top condition is a hassle-free process.
So What Is A Deep Clean?
Let's Explore Deep Cleaning The AutoEgg:
Dissembling the unit
Emptying the waste drawer and litter bed
Separately cleaning all the essential parts before putting them all back together
The components that require washing are the top cover/hood, waste drawer cover, waste drawer, cleaning rake, tracking pad, and litter tray.
But How Often Should I Be Cleaning The AutoEgg?
Depending on your cat’s litter box habits, we recommend deep cleaning the unit and changing the litter completely every 2 to 6 weeks.
If you have only one cat using the litter box that doesn’t make too much of a mess, it should be sufficient to deep clean every 5 or 6 weeks as needed.
On the other hand, if you have multiple cats sharing the same litter box, you’ll need to deep clean biweekly to keep the box hygienic. The same goes for if you have a young kitten who has not yet worked out how to avoid getting a little messy during a bathroom trip.
Let's Begin With Disassembly: A Step By Step Guide
You’ll be pleased to know dissembling the AutoEgg is easy enough to be done in roughly 60 seconds! Even so, follow the guide below to prevent breaking any parts. For a visual explanation, check out our helpful walk-through video.
1.First things first, switch off the AutoEgg and pull the plug out from the wall to ensure the unit is without power.
2.Remove the top cover by pulling from the edges and the top to gently shift it out from the unit.
3.Ensure that the positioning of the rake is at the back end of the litter box. If it is at the front, select the ‘rake’ button on the display panel’s menu. Selecting the ‘rake’ button will move the rake from one end of the litter tray to the other. (This will shift the unit to manual-mode)
4.Once the rake is at the back, click the waste drawer cover out of place to lift and remove.
5.Open the waste drawer and dispose of the waste along with the waste drawer liner.
6.Remove the litter residue on the rake with the litter scooper by raking the scoop through the grooves and teeth of the rake.
7.To remove the rake, place your right hand on the right side with your fingers hooking the bottom of the rake. Use your left thumb to press down on top of the rake while lifting the rake with your right hand.
8.Remove the litter tracking pad by simply lifting it out of place.
9.Lastly, slide out the litter tray. The AutoEgg is now fully disassembled.
How To Clean The AutoEgg In Parts
The six removable parts are easily washable with soap and a little bit of water. If your kitty has managed to smear waste on any component, you can spray and wipe with disinfectant too (gloves encouraged).
The base of the AutoEgg is not washable. However, if it does need a clean, you can use wipes but do so with caution as the base contains the wiring that powers the motor and could get damaged if soaked.
To make the reassembly as easy as possible, we purposely left minor gaps between the parts. Because of this, you might find some stray litter particles in the base. The best way to remove them is by tipping the unit upside down (when disassembled) to let them fall out. Trying to get them out with a wet wipe could result in them sticking to the sides instead. If possible a small vacuum hose could also help.
Ensure all parts are thoroughly dry before resembling the AutoEgg.
Reassembling The AutoEgg
To put the AutoEgg back together, simply reverse the disassembly steps.
Fill the tray with the fresh litter until you reach the middle of the “Min” and “Max” line. This will reduce litter tracking and maximize litter savings. Do not fill the AutoEgg past the “Max” line, as too much can make your cat kick litter out of the AutoEgg. Moreover, it could potentially damage the unit.
Remember, you can use any standard clumping clay cat litter with small particles in the AutoEgg. Don’t use silica gel crystals, recycled paper, tofu, pine, corn, or wheat litter as this can disrupt the functionality of the gears.
Once the refilled litter tray is back in place, reassemble the tracking pad and rake.
Put a new liner in the waste drawer before sliding the drawer back in and replacing the waste drawer cover. Unlike some other automatic litter boxes, the AutoEgg doesn’t require special liners. Regular grocery or recycled trash bags will fit just fine. Still, we offer perfectly-sized 100% biodegradable liners if you want to go greener.
Lastly, put the hood back on starting from the back and working your way up the sides. Plug the AutoEgg back in, and you’re back in business!