Our cat has to be cleaned also. This year we do not plan on cleaning it until next summer's annual stove cleaning. However, if we did do it in the winter months, it takes only a couple minutes to do and is child's play. So is this really a concern that someone would need to take about 3-4 minutes of his busy schedule to clean a cat? btw, with our cat stove, it is simple. 1. Lift top lid. 2. Reach in with one hand and pull out the cat. 3. Brush with an old paint brush. 4. Replace cat. 5. Smile.