How To Use
VIDEO INSTALLATION GUIDE
Setting up the Forever Litter Tray is easy, and the components are designed to give you many years of trouble-free service. Included with each package is a Forever Tray and a Forever Flap Kit consisting of two flaps.
As this is a permanent tray, your setup will be slightly different from what you may have been used to with the cardboard trays. Following these simple steps will not only make everything work more easily, but eventually this routine will make litter changes a snap reducing your litter changes to just a few minutes.
1. Tilt the machine back so that it’s standing on its back end as you normally would when changing your cartridge.
2. Slide your empty Forever Litter Tray into place, and fill with approximately 4.4 to 4.5lbs of crystal litter. IMPORTANT: Size of the crystals is crucial to proper operation of the machine and tray. Please make sure you are using the correct size of crystals. Please see our crystal litter recommendations page for more details and crystal recommendations as well as other great tips to make life a little easier. The reason for using 4.4 to 4.5lbs of crystals is that it is the weight (drag) of the crystals in the tray that causes the rake to flip on the return trip — so if your rake is not flipping it is most likely due to not having enough crystals in the tray.
3. Make sure you fill the tray so that the litter is evenly spread, and reaches to the edge of the “anti-sliding ridge”.
Notice that little barrier at the back end of the Forever Litter Tray?
One question we are asked quite often is the purpose of the small barrier at the back end of the tray (the waste compartment). This is not intended to exclusively be the waste storage area. As it gets closer to time to change the tray you will tend to see more waste there. It’s simply a way to help reduce sliding of the litter, along with the small anti-sliding ridge that is also unique to the Forever Litter Trays. The waste storage area is actually all of the area under the waste compartment cover.
Forever Flap Kit Installation
The Flap Kit is quite easy to install and allows for considerable added capacity in the waste compartment area, while at the same time adding even more convenience. The capacity is increased as we are no longer confined by using a “lid” attached by magnets to the main cover, but instead using a flap at the back and the front to help with odor containment. This allows for more space. The added benefit to this design (as we are no longer required to use the magnets) is that it makes it a lot easier to tilt the cover back for the occasional “rake an stir”. See our support section for more details as this is a very important way to get the most out of your litter.
Each Flap Kit consists of two identical flaps, with one attached to the front edge of the waste compartment cover, and the other attached to the Forever Litter Tray itself. We’re going to slip the first flap onto the waste compartment lid with the two clips facing inward (inside) the lid. Make sure that it is centered, and that you slide the flap on all the way so that the two clips are fully engaged. As you can see from the photos the flaps are designed to fit the covers of all brands and models of machine.
Next, we’re going to fit the other flap to the back of the Forever Litter Tray by slipping it onto that edge. The purpose of this flap is to help keep odors from creeping out through that gap at the back, and also to prevent spillage of crystals out the back if the waste compartment should get over full as you near the end of a cycle. Simply slide it on, engaging the clips as illustrated in the photo. This time the clips should be on the outside (back side) of the tray, with the bend in the flap tilting inwards towards the box, making sure that it is centered on the tray (see photo below). You can fit the flap either before lowering the machine (as illustrated) or after the machine is lowered back down over the tray, it doesn’t matter. If you do it with the machine already lowered onto the tray you will need to slide the tray forward in the machine frame just a little to make sure there’s enough room — but it should fit with no problem.
You are now ready to lower the machine down onto the tray, making sure that the flap at the back (the one attached to the tray itself) is centered inside the cover. The tolerances are a bit close in order to reduce gaps –but once you’ve done it once or twice you’ll get the hang of centering that flap in there and it will go together like a breeze.
Basic Box Maintenance
“Reality vs. advertising” — don’t expect your Scoop Free to be completely “hands off” as the advertizing claims. While it’s very, very good – the best way to get the most of it is to do an occasional stir of the litter and to rake out excess poops from under the lid, maybe once every few days. It really helps, and is still far less trouble than any other box you will find. Cats tend to always urinate in the same spot, so what we mean by “stir” is to rake up the crystals from this dampest spot and distribute (really mix them in) with the dry crystals. This allows them to release moisture to the air, and extends crystal life significantly.
One popular option is to use 2 Forever Litter Trays trays and cycle them. As part of the weekly garbage routine one customer wrote us and told us how he does it:
“I take the kitchen garbage bag which is usually partially filled, and lay in on its side on the floor by the litter box. I then tilt the Scoop Free back on it’s end and slide the tray out, sliding one end into the garbage bag. Leaving that end in the garbage bag I tip the tray up and slide the contents into the bag, nudging any extra damp bits into the bag with a pooper scooper. I then take the soiled tray out back and hose it out and leave it there to air dry, and take the dry tray that’s out there in and reinstall with fresh litter. Total time about 7 minutes. About once every other month I give the trays a “deep cleaning” with the white vinegar solution you mentioned on your site.”