Owning pets is like having 5-year-old children around you 24/7. While their Instagram photos and videos paint a picture of a perfect world, life behind the scenes is anything but. You have to train them, feed them, and worst of all… clean up their mess, specifically their dung!

No one likes to clean someone (or something) else’s waste, so it comes as no surprise that cat owners have already fully funded Pluto Square – a modern litter box that eliminates the need to scoop or touch your cat’s droppings ever again.

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Once your cat has done its business, a weight sensor activates and the Pluto Square quietly hums to life. The top container shifts at a 90° angle, dropping the waste into a container below. To ensure the litter box doesn’t accidentally flip when your cat is using it, a safety sensor works in tandem with the weight sensor and stops when something is obstructing its path.

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A stepper and canopy attachment ensures your cat approaches the Pluto Square at a single angle – leaving the surrounding area free of residue kitty litter. The canopy also has the added benefit of giving your cat some privacy and gives them a small outhouse to poop in instead of an exposed box.

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The Pluto Square can keep up to a week’s worth of litter in its odor-trapping hidden compartment before reaching its capacity. Once full, all you have to do is remove the old bag and replace it with a new one. And that’s as close as any pet owner should ever be to their cat’s crap.

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The coolest thing about Pluto Square has to be the companion app for Android and iOS devices. With it, you can see the weight of your cat’s poop, as well as factors that determine your pet’s overall health. Best of all, the app allows you to activate the Pluto Square remotely.

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Cleaning out kitty litter is one thing, but what about the container itself?

As it turns out, all you have to do is lift the tray and rinse it with warm water. I’m not sure if the cleaning method is the same for the canopy, but if simplicity and efficiency are Pluto Square’s mantra, then it’s bound to be just as easy to clean.

Pluto Square currently has a Kickstarter funding of US$220,415 – way more than its initial US$25,000 goal. You can find more on this automated kitty waste cleaner on its Kickstarter page.


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