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|Industry||Designer and manufacturer of automatic pet products and accessories|
Auburn Hills, Michigan,
United States of America
|Products||Pet products and Accessories|
AutoPets is a designer and manufacturer of automatic pet products and accessories, including the Litter-Robot, a gravity-driven sifting automatic litter box. The company is based in Auburn Hills, Michigan
AutoPets was started in 1999 by Mechanical engineering Brad Baxter after he inherited two cats and became frustrated with scooping their litter boxes. He sought to automate litter box scooping and devised a method using a rotating mechanism that would sift the litter using gravity. An existing concept had been patented in 1997 by Donald Reitz. Baxter licensed the design and modified it to address issues like cat sensing and clump removal. He funded the first generation of the Litter-Robot with an investment from his parents. Baxter sold the Litter-Robot online directly to consumers, and the business became profitable in 2005. In 2020, Jacob Zuppke was made Vice President of business development and serves as President & COO. By 2019, AutoPets had sold more than 300,000 Litter-Robots. The company expanded into other automated pet products, like the Feeder-Robot, and accessories, including pet furniture, cleaning products, and toys. It launched Litterbox.com, a hub for all AutoPets accessories and products. In 2019, the company raised $31 million in Growth equity financing from Chicago-based Pondera Holdings LLC. In 2020, AutoPets nearly doubled its manufacturing space in Juneau, Wisconsin, and expanded its headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan. As of January 1, 2021, AutoPets employs more than 200 full-time employees across its Michigan and Wisconsin offices. == Products == === Litter-Robot === The Litter-Robot is a gravity-led automatic sifting cat litter box. === Feeder-Robot === Feeder-Robot is a Wi-Fi connected smart pet feeder. === Cat furniture === AutoPets released a collection of cat furniture that includes a tower, side table, silo, and orb. === Subscription box === AutoPets offers a curated subscription box of toys, cleaning and grooming supplies, catnip, and other cat items. == Reception == Good Housekeeping called Litter-Robot 3 “the best smart self-cleaning litter box.” The Spruce|The Spruce rated it “excellent“ with 4.5 stars, and it received a 93/100 rating from PureWow. The Wirecutter called it “the best automatic cat litter box.” == Awards == In 2020, AutoPets won a Shorty Awards for Comedy Video for its ad “Don’t Be a Scooper.” == External links == Official site
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