AutoPets, the manufacturer of the Litter Robot smart cat litter box received $31 million in equity financing from Chicago-based Pondera Holdings.

The capital infusion will be used to fuel expansion and to provide a payout to its founders, Brad and Jim Baxter.  Brad Baxter created the Litter Robot in 1999 after he inherited two cats, but didn’t enjoy scooping out the kitty litter box.

AutoPets debuted the Feeder Robot at CES 2020.  Feeder Robot is a WiFi enabled smart cat feeder that can be controlled from a mobile app.