Litter Robot Open Air Review: How a Reader Got It for “Free”

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I love when readers communicate with me – so I can share with you guys!

Floppycats’ reader, Jennifer, has previously contributed to the site – explaining how she was able to afford a Ragdoll kitten because of watching on of our videos where I mentioned Swagbucks. You can read that post here –

The other day, she posted this photo on Instagram and tagged us:

. We finally got our #litterrobot ❣️Anyone who knows Gus knows he loves to play in fresh litter and scatter it everywhere. Though I’ve a great manual setup, it is laborious and I’ve wanted the LitterRobot for a long while. . Thanks to Jenny @thefloppycats , all of her reviews and her bonus code. I am a nutty couponer and chose to save-and-pay through my #swagbucks points. The official website also provides a payment plan. . Anyway, Gus took to it immediately and has to watch it cycle every time he hears it whirl 😂 He better love it for I am never sending it back 😏👍🏻 ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ This Post Is Not Sponsored ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ #litter #litterbox #litterrobotopenair #litterrobot3 #floppycat #floppycats

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Jennifer said again that she was able to get another major cat item for free from doing Swagbucks – so I asked her if she would be willing to do a write up that I could share with our readers. I especially wanted to share this with the folks that think the Litter-Robot Open Air is out of their budget.

Here’s what Jennifer sent in (in addition to the cute photos of her Ragdoll kitty, Gus, inside the Litter-Robot Open Air):

“Gus loves litter. No really, he loves his litter. He plays hide-and-seek in his two NVR Miss litter boxes, he announces he has to go to the bathroom with high pitched chirps. When I clean the boxes out, he jumps in and starts flinging the clean litter all over the floor. All of this was fun for about a month; then it became a physical pain. I suffer from a physical disability which makes standing and/or bending over for long periods of time painful. Manually scooping two boxes, and cleaning the floor, several times a day started to wear on me. When Gus and I moved to our new apartment recently, the daily disposal of litter and having an adequate area to wash the boxes (I don’t believe in washing clay litter down drains) was a new issue.

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So, after nearly a year of sitting on the fence, watching Floppycats Litter Robot review videos and doing some monetary research, I decided to proceed with my decision to purchase the Litter Robot 3. As someone living on very limited income, and a month-to-month budget, several people were very surprised that I purchased such a high priced item soon after spending so much moving into the new apartment. However, for me, this automated litter box has already improved my quality of life 50% and I never want to send it back!

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Thankfully, cat related information is not the only thing I have learned over the last year and a half while being a Floppycat subscriber. Jenny Dean introduced me to Swagbucks. After hearing her mention the survey/couponing site in one of her videos, I became hooked and began prepping a strategy to use the points I have earned there to pay for nearly all of my pet supplies over the last year or more. This includes my Litter Robot. A very prominent feature people use with Swagbucks are the Amazon cards, but Litter Robot is not currently available on Amazon (I don’t think?). So, I started putting my points into PayPal. Once pet supplies were purchased for the month, I began dumping my extra points into PayPal as a type of savings account for anything high value I might need in the future. It is amazing how much you can save up over time when you really are not trying.

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I had no idea the Litter Robot website offers a payment plan. After combining the Floppycats’ Litter Robot discount code and my Swagbuck points, I pretty much had the price covered. However, because it is such a big priced item, I decided to put it on the Affirm payment plan offered by Litter Robot. This way, the payments will deduct automatically from the account linked to the PayPal, and I will continue to feed it from my Swagbucks and not worry about it. Once the order was placed, my box arrived in about 4 days. It arrived fully assembled and worked as advertised from the moment I plugged it in.

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As for Gus, he loves it! I would not have bought such an item if I had not known fairly well already that my cat would take to it. He is mesmerized by it. I kept one NVR Miss box with his old litter out and sprinkled some of it into the Litter Robot with new litter. Talk about a happy cat! He jumped in and started flinging litter as far as it could go. But the great thing is, it couldn’t go beyond the bounds of the Litter Robot dome. He plays in it, he chirps, he poops, he watches it cycle nearly every time and I put the old litter boxes away after only 4 days. There is no smell (Gus has very odorous poop) and faint cleanup. I just take the bag out after about a week and drop it down the trash chute.

It has been 100% worth the wait and 100% worth the price. I’m really thankful for the reviews and videos Floppycats has done because, when the time was right, I knew I had the right information to make the right decision.”

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Get started with Swagbucks here.

Join Swagbucks and use code “FLOPPYCATS” when you sign up to get 70 Swagbucks in addition to the 30 you get when you complete your profile, etc.

Some time ago, I put together a video of easy ways to get Swagbucks – I earn enough to equate to about $75 in gift cards a month – it really helps me pay for things I need, but can’t afford on my tight budget.

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  1. omg i was laughing so hard!! he is freakin adorable and i can just see that litter flinging. one of mine will do that once in a while but not with the gusto that you say yours does. i know.. i have one box at the bottom of my stairs and when my grey boy has been digging and burying like crazy that litter is all over the place and i get to walk in it first thing in the morning. but high chirps and just having a ball with it makes me just laugh like crazy. he has that look too. i bet he is a delight. now your story of how you got that box for practically nothing… holy chit, you go girl. i learned about swagbucks from Jenny too and i need to get back to it. i didn’t know you could put your points in a pay pal account, i just always got amazon cards. but heck i will be doing that now! that is so great! that’s the only reason i don’t have one is because i can’t afford it. i know my cats would love it and so would i!! i hate cleaning cat boxes all the time and sweeping up litter and having that lovely “aroma “! to NOT smell cat poop would be heaven to me. wow.. thanks so much for your story! you’ve inspired me and you gave me the biggest laugh i’ve had in quite a while. Gus is just beautiful and handsome and he looks very soft and silky. and he has that look that says he really enjoys his life. thanks for sharing your story and your smarts with us!

    1. Sorry for the late reply,
      thank you for the kind words. Gus is still enjoying his Litter Robot immensely. I’ve tried to capture his litter antics on video but he always stops when he sees the camera. The smell and litter use is cut way down. It is definitely worth hoarding Swagbucks for. He can still manage to fling litter out of the dome at times so I am going to be purchasing the accessory kit soon. I hope he enjoys his life. I try to make it a good one for him Lol. 🙂

  2. Super pawesome post, Jenny!!! BIG CONGRATULATIONS to you, Jennifer, for being able to save up all your Swagbuck points and purchase the amazing Litter Robot for you and your beautiful boy, Gus! GREAT STORY! Thank you SOOOO MUCH for sharing how you did this and how easy it was to do over time. I’m so sorry you have those physical challenges which make manual litterbox maintenance very difficult for you. *GREAT BIG HUGS* 🙂 <3

    Lurved the pics, too! 🙂

    Reading your story and experience in getting the LR really made me happy for you! 🙂 <3

    Big hugs & lots of love!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

    1. Hi Patti,
      Thanks for the reply and encouragement. The Litter Robot is still my favorite “toy” in the world. Next I am going to try for a Roomba. Gus will go nutters with that LOL. Forgive my late reply. I can be horrible with such things.

      Take care and see ya around Floppycats! 🙂

  3. Excellent post. I’m a floppycat follower on YouTube and was reading her review on the Open Air Cleaner. I’m in the same boat as you, on disability, can’t bend over much, limited income. I also have five cats and do rescue/fostering. I want to feature a spot on my service cat blog for senior and disabled, doing reviews and just spreading the word. I emailed the robot people yesterday and got a response today to all my questions. They said the globe alone weighs 19 lbs. Do you have difficulty cleaning it with a bad back? I figure this unit would eliminate two cat boxes..I recently had 10 cats for awhile and know I’m still going to need extra boxes, but the idea of just cleaning out a drawer seems wonderful. Your baby is beautiful and so funny! I don’t have a litter flinger at the moment, but I have an over digger. She tries to cover everything, other cats messes, food and my shower curtain is in shreds because one of the cats prefers the tub to pee in. She will dig for 15 minutes at a time then go right back at it again.

    1. Hi Rose,
      I’ve not yet deep cleaned my Litter Robot. For many things in my life that involve cleaning, I am reliant on my Clorox Wipes. Love them so much. Luckily my Litter Robot is right next to my toilet so I can sit and wipe it down as messes come up instead of waiting a long time for them to accumulate and then end up needing to disassemble the whole unit. It is quite easy to move around on a non-carpeted floor and, as long as I am sitting, I am able to wipe down the dome (inside/out), the tray and any other area. As someone with 5 cats, and fosters, I would encourage it greatly. My litter bill has been cut easily by 2/3 and my back holds up to the weekly/semi-weekly tray elimination. If you find you want to invest, they have a 90 day return, and I believe, when you get your unit there is a specific page detailing how to send it back if you choose to do so.
      Gus is a digger too. Drives me insane at 3am while I try to sleep. He “plays” with the unit; sometimes going 3-4 times in just over an hour so he can hop back in and out to watch it cycle. I’ve had to make him get out because he’ll spend so much time trying to cover his waste. The unit gives the cat about 2 minutes to get in, do its thing and get out. If the cat stays in there for long periods the sensor has to be recalibrated. For me, I simply reset the thing. Also, the lights let you know when you need to do things so those of us with health issues don’t constantly have to check. You get a warning when the tray is close to full, when the unit cycles or is preparing to, etc.
      If it can eliminate any chronic issue you might have, I suggest it. Those of us with chronic pain problems all have our ways of taking care of things that are less stress on our body. For me, Clorox wipes, an old wet rag and a place to sit can be magical LOL. Good luck on your litter adventures! =D

  4. Hi Rose,
    I’ve not yet deep cleaned my Litter Robot. For many things in my life that involve cleaning, I am reliant on my Clorox Wipes. Love them so much. Luckily my Litter Robot is right next to my toilet so I can sit and wipe it down as messes come up instead of waiting a long time for them to accumulate and then end up needing to disassemble the whole unit. It is quite easy to move around on a non-carpeted floor and, as long as I am sitting, I am able to wipe down the dome (inside/out), the tray and any other area. As someone with 5 cats, and fosters, I would encourage it greatly. My litter bill has been cut easily by 2/3 and my back holds up to the weekly/semi-weekly tray elimination. If you find you want to invest, they have a 90 day return, and I believe, when you get your unit there is a specific page detailing how to send it back if you choose to do so.

    Gus is a digger too. Drives me insane at 3am while I try to sleep. He “plays” with the unit; sometimes going 3-4 times in just over an hour so he can hop back in and out to watch it cycle. I’ve had to make him get out because he’ll spend so much time trying to cover his waste. The unit gives the cat about 2 minutes to get in, do its thing and get out. If the cat stays in there for long periods the sensor has to be recalibrated. For me, I simply reset the thing. Also, the lights let you know when you need to do things so those of us with health issues don’t constantly have to check. You get a warning when the tray is close to full, when the unit cycles or is preparing to, etc.

    If it can eliminate any chronic issue you might have, I suggest it. Those of us with chronic pain problems all have our ways of taking care of things that are less stress on our body. For me, Clorox wipes, an old wet rag and a place to sit can be magical LOL. Good luck on your litter adventures! =D

    1. We and our cats are so much alike! I’m keeping my eye out for a reconditioned roomba, just for the cats to ride.

      Well after I wrote, I was so hepped on the idea I ran it past every one I knew that knows my situation. My ex-care giver who is practically a daughter, my own daughter, my organizer who, much to her surprise my kitties are turning into a cat person. They all think it is a sound investment for me. Let me tell you, after trying to clean under my bed, which of course I can’t move, and my old cat made messes under,I consider it a health issue. Like you, I have an office chair I can wheel over when it needs to be cleaned.

      Now the decision has been made, I’m so excited! What clumping litter do you like the best? The Princess, my Maine Coon, has very fluffy pantaloons and I have had trouble with clumping to her in the past.

      Thank you so much for the info and encouragement. I have a feeling my life will be getting much simpler and less “fragrant” in the future.

  5. Paying my rent this month I realized a new Litterbot was about the same as my rent. Would I pay a months rent to keep one litterbox clean for years? You betcha!!! So I sold off a bunch of stuff, worked a few arrangements and am ordering my Litterbot today. Thank you and Floppycats for all the wonderful information.

      1. Rose!

        I am so happy you see the value in investing in the Litter Robot. Am truly excited for you. I do not know if you have it or not but I cant stress enough about not letting it intimidate you in any way. I too have my super duper rolling office chair which helps me with cleaning a plethora of things. with creativity, everything can be simplified for quality of life.

        As for litter, I am very loyal to Arm & Hammer Super Scoop. I get the great clumps I desire and no added fragrance. The baking soda is crystalized into the litter and does its job well. If I need some added freshener, I just sprinkle a little more A&M soda into the mix. I’m not one for in-natural odors on top of user litter. Smells like diapers; PEW! Double Duty and Ultra Duty are not desirable for me but are still good with clumps. The smell just does not fit with my home.

        I DO hope you invest in a Raggie =D I used Swagbucks to pay for a large chunk of the payment. I dumped my SM points into PayPal and paid my breeder deposit directly from there. Right before delivery I paid another large sum to complete the transaction. In the meantime, I used Swagbucks to purchase food, toys, litter and other items my Ragdoll would need. Granted, in my home at the time there were two of us working on this task with two accounts. But you can do wonders if you put your mind to it.

        I wish you all the best, and again, am very excited for you. Cheers!

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