Easy pet care for the elderly

Do your elderly parents have pets?

For some the companionship and the project of caring for a loved animal is the reason to get out of bed in the morning and provides a sense of purpose for many who may be home bound or without other hobbies. With this section we hope to offer some ideas to make pet maintenance easier and more practical for anyone especially our aging parents.

Do you think your elderly parent would benefit from animal companionship?

Studies show that pets for the elderly have proven highly beneficial


If you are considering acquiring a new pet for your elderly parent of course you want to be sure you consider both the needs of the pet and the needs of the owner to be to be sure you have an appropriate match. ie..someone homebound in an apartment would be better suited to a cat who can live indoors, not a dog who requires daily walks. also consider size of pet to size of home/yard, etc.

Is it difficult for your elderly parent to maintain his/her animal and its messes?

If there is already a pet or you will be acquiring a pet we hope the following ideas you find helpful solutions to the different challenges to pet owners.


The ultimate! Designed to eliminate the step of manual emptying of litter altogether. (Requires connection to toilet.)

Never touch, smell, or buy cat litter again. The CatGenie 120 not only flushes waste away, but also washes itself clean. It has been tested, used, and recommended by veterinarians nationwide. Plus, it’s , using the biodegradable, recyclable SaniSolution cartridge for cleansing. Just hook up the CatGenie 120 to a cold water outlet, and plug in the electrical cord. Litter-like Washable Granules line the bottom of the box. When your kitty goes, the liquid drains away from the Granules, so only the waste gets flushed. The GenieHand then scoops out the solid waste, which is turned to liquid for safe, easy removal. Fresh water fills the basin, and the GenieHand scrubs and scours the box and Granules. The cat-safe SaniSolution decontaminates everything, while the waste and sudsy water are flushed or drained away. A hot-air blower completely dries the Granules and box. The Granules are permanent and never need to be changed. Train your cat to start the cleaning process, or set an automatic timer. Each SaniSolution cartridge holds at least 120 washes. 90 day money-back guarantee, 2 year warranty.
List Price: $329.00 USD
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Perhaps next best, empties into box minimizing maintenance to a couple small garbage bags a week to carry to garbage can.

The Litter Robot is the automatic, self cleaning litter box 'that really works'. When your cat enters the litter chamber (globe) a weight activated sensor detects the presence of your cat. After 7 minutes a clean cycle starts with the slow rotation of the globe in a counter-clockwise direction. The rotation of the globe sifts and separates clumps from the clean litter (clumping litter) and deposits all waste in the large capacity drawer lined with a standard kitchen garbage bag. The globe then returns to its home position with a clean, level bed of litter ready for the next use. The Litter Robot has no rakes or wires to jam, clog, or break. Its simplicity and durable construction ensure a long life of service. The Litter Robot operates on 12VDC and is easy to set up - just add litter to the globe and plug it in. Backed by an 18 month warranty and 30 day money back guarantee on purchase price.
List Price: $349.00 USD
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This one also sifts and collects into a box to be emptied.

ScoopFree is the self-cleaning litter box you can leave alone for weeks at a time. It is the only self-cleaning litter box that uses disposable litter trays to provide hands-off convenience and unbeatable odor control. You don't have to see, touch, or smell messy waste. Simply load ScoopFree with the disposable litter tray pre-filled with Premium Blue Crystals. When your cat uses the litter box, the crystals immediately absorb moisture and odor and begin to dehydrate solids. Twenty minutes later, ScoopFree's rake automatically sweeps the waste into a covered compartment, leaving the litter smelling clean and fresh. Simply replace the disposable tray every few weeks, and the litter box is just like new.
List Price: $129.95 USD
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The basic self clean requires manually tipping the whole box to sift the litter then emptying the storage box when full.

The Roll Away Self Cleaning Litter Box cleans in just seconds without scooping. Inside the litter box there is a unique patented grill that separates out the clumped waste, depositing it into the pullout tray. The Large Litter Box is great for big cats or for multiple cat households. No electricity or expensive filters needed!
List Price: $26.09 USD
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Have you used any of these items? What do you think? Please make a comment and tell us about it.