Best Self Cleaning Cat Litter Box

It’s something that every cat owner would like to purchase for their cats. Which self cleaning litter box is the best?

I’m going to share “my opinion” of what litter box won that distinction in our house.

However, I honestly think it’s up to each individual cat. In the next few articles, I will share my experience with a few of them that we have tried in the past.

I don’t have the patience to read a long article so I won’t do that to you either. So, this article will review the Cat Genie. Kevin and I have used the Cat Genie (with some success…I’ll explain why it didn’t work for us). However, we are going to try it again very soon!

Before we talk about the Cat Genie, let’s get a little background about how/why cats use litter boxes.

How Did Cats Learn To Use Litter Boxes?

From the research that I did, cats have a natural instinct to cover their waste. The most popular reason is to cover their scent to protect themselves in the wild. Another option could be for hygiene to prevent the spreading of parasites.

I think it’s just amazing every time we’ve brought in a stray cat, we just have to show them where the litter box is and they will naturally use it. We brought Queso in and he’s used all the litter boxes in our house within the first three days that we had him (and he’s been a stray for at least five months).

How Many Litter Boxes Should You Have?

The base knowledge is you should have at least one litter box per cat PLUS one more. Jackson Galaxy (the guy that is on Animal Planet’s, My Cat From Hell) has a great article about litter boxes.

I’ll explain what we are using right now for litter boxes in a future article.

What Type Of Litter To Use?

I wish this question was as easy as it sounds. Again, what works for one cat might not work for another. This is a whole different article because there are so many options. We’ve tried a few different varieties. I’ll share with you what worked for us in the future.

Cat Genie 

The litter box we loved the most, but Oreo (who has since passed away RIP) didn’t, was the Cat Genie.

How It Works

It uses washable granules and scoops out the “solid” waste and grinds it up sending it out the washer drain. We had it hooked up in our laundry room with a hose that will run the water into the drain hose from your washer. You can also put it in the bathroom and have it drain into the toilet.

You can set it up to run manually (you push the button) or based on a time interval or when the kitty has left the box.

What will happen is it will scoop out the solid waste into a holding area and it gets ground up and flushed out of the Cat Genie with the water from the washing of the litter.

After the solid waste is out of the “box” it then fills with cold water to “wash” the litter. There is a SaniSolution that is put into the bowl with the water to “wash” the granules. After the litter is washed, there is hot air that is blown on the litter to dry it so the kitties don’t have to step into wet litter. The time from beginning to end is approximately 30 minutes.

Some pros and cons of the Cat Genie.

Pros:

  1. No need to scoop dirty cat litter
  2. Easy setup
  3. Cheaper than buying litter every month (granules can be reused multiple times). (It’s a big purchase price up front, but you’ll save in the long run with the cost of litter).

Cons:

  1. If you have a cat with a sensitive nose, they might not like it
  2. If you have a “large” cat they might not like it. (Our Bones would use it, but he would only put his back end into the box. His front legs would be on the floor in front of the Cat Genie)
  3. It’s a challenge to get everyone to use the cat genie. We needed to slowly get rid of our litter boxes so the only choice was the cat genie. Otherwise, they would use the litter box over the cat genie.

As I mentioned earlier, Oreo didn’t really like the cat genie. It was because he was very particular to smells. All the other kitties, even Bones who was a very large cat used the cat genie. You will need to encourage your kitties to use it. We would use some catnip in bowls near the cat genie and would use positive reinforcement when they would use the cat genie.

Final Thoughts…

At the bottom of this post are links to everything you would need to get started with the Cat Genie. I also added some links if you wanted to purchase extra supplies (to save on shipping if you don’t have Amazon Prime.)

Stay Tuned

Thanks for reading, stay tuned for more articles about self cleaning litter boxes and what we are using right now for litter boxes in our house.


 

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24 Replies to “Best Self Cleaning Cat Litter Box”

  1. Hi Nancy – I can honestly say that I did not know there were self cleaning cat litter boxes.  That’s amazing.  I see that one of the cons of the Cat Genie is that it may not work for cats with sensitive noses.  I suppose that’s probably true for any self cleaning cat litter box, but I wonder what percentage of cats fall into that category.

    Thanks for this information,

    Michele

    1. Hi Michele,

      Thanks for visiting. 

      Throughout my lifetime, we’ve had 12 cats (only 9 right now) and only one of them had a sensitive nose. He did not like any type of smell. Unfortunately, he has since passed so we’re going to try the Cat Genie again.

      Appreciate your feedback! 🙂

  2. I love cats, they are so smart. Much smarter than dogs. I know because our dog is not so hygiene sensible. Cats have always been very committed to keeping themselves clean.

    We have a lot of mice issues in our area and have been considering getting a cat, so this Cat Genie litter box review couldn’t have come at a better time.

    What was the reason that your cat didn’t like the Cat Genie?

    1. Hi Jagi,

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Our kitty that didn’t like the Cat Genie was very sensitive to smells. We had to buy fragrance free cat litter. He didn’t like the smell of the cleaning solution.  Bones, our bigger kitty, who didn’t totally fit in the Cat Genie was the one I thought wouldn’t use it. He was a champ. His front legs would be on the floor and his back end would be in the Cat Genie.

      A kitty would be a perfect way to control your mice issue. Just know that your kitty might “present” a dead mouse to you as a “thank you”. 🙂

      Thank you again for the comment! 

  3. Hi there, thanks for sharing this article about self cleaning Cat litter box, I have taking my to read the benefit of using the new developed cat genie, how it’s works, and also how I can order for it on amazon or through the affiliate links u shared, but I have a question about and I will like to hear from you about it, how can an already grown up cat, who is already used to using another taking care of litters be trained to use this new cat genie should incase I wanna order for my cat…  Thanks, am waiting for your reply 

    1. Thanks for your comment.

      What the company suggests is to take away all the other litter boxes except one and to not clean it (because kitties like to use clean boxes). That way, they will gravitate toward the Cat Genie. That was hard to do, but the kitties will make the change. We also would put some catnip in the Cat Genie to attract them into the litter box.

      I hope that answers your question. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I had absolutely no idea that it was even possible to obtain a self-cleaning litter tray, but it really does sound like a great idea, although it does sound as though it may be a little tricky to set up.

    I was wondering whether your own cats are solely indoor cats, or if they do go outdoors. I guess that if you live in an apartment a self-cleaning cat litter would be a great thing, although I found that our cats preferred to be outside for most of the time.

    I also wondered how long the self-cleaning litter would last for?

    Very many thanks for some really useful information for cat owners.

    Chrissie 🙂

    1. Hi Chrissie,

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Our cats are all indoor cats. Once they set foot in our house the only way they go out is in a carrier to the Vet. 🙂

      It takes about a half and hour for the cycle to run from beginning (scooping out the solid waste) to the dryer turning off. The litter doesn’t need to be replaced, but it will go down as some will get kicked out of the Genie and some gets stuck to the solid waste.

      According to the company, a box of granules will last 4-6 months.

      Thanks for your comment!

  5. I must say that this article was pretty interesting to read Nancy. I have a little cat and honestly, I did not hear about this thing as it is not popular in my country. I will definitely try this and I am sure that my little cat will be happy to have her own “toilet”. What is really attractive to me is the price, definitely worth it.

    1. Hi Daniel,

      Thanks for stopping by. 

      It is so convenient not having to scoop, especially if you have multiple kitties. For one kitty, I think she would love it!

      Stop back and let me know if you get it and she loves it! 🙂

      Thank you for your comment!

  6. Nancy

     Your site is adorable and if I could have a cat this is what I would want to be able to find so that I could make the important decisions. I love the videos. And your meet the kids tab, genius. Your about page is short but honest and that makes you trust worthy in my book. I will be referring people with cats or the wants for cats to your page. Great job. Blessed Be Kari

    1. Thanks Kari for stopping by!

      I appreciate your feedback. I’m a person that doesn’t like to read super LONG articles, so I try to keep them relatively short, sweet and to the point. 🙂

      Thank you for sharing my page with friends that are interested in cats!

      Hope to see you again soon!

  7. Cat Genie sounds good. I’m also looking for self-cleaning litter box but as you have said, it works for some cats and doesn’t for others. I also don’t know either it works for my cat or not. So, if you can share some tips to identify either my cat will like it or not before I purchase it, then that will be great. However, I know it is difficult to identify without trying it practically, but also if you can give some tips, that will be much more appreciated.

    1. Hi Deraj,

      Thanks for your comment. 

      I think an inexpensive, easy way to find out is to change your current litter box to a different size and maybe a different litter. If your kitty doesn’t have any issues with that, it would lead me to believe that they are comfortable with changes.

      As you said, it’s hard to tell, but I think that would give you a good idea.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Self-cleaning litter boxes sound like a pretty convenient option compared to a traditional litter box.  Any way to avoid scooping out the litter myself is preferable to getting hands-on.

    Although it certainly sounds like some cats may have trouble adjusting to a self-cleaning litter box based on your cats’ experiences with it.  But it sounds like a minor setback compared to the convenience that it can provide.

    Great job on the article.  I learned quite a bit!

    1. Hi Conner,

      Thank you for your comment.

      I’m with you. With nine kitties, I’m totally over scooping the litter box. We are going to start up our Cat Genies again since our kitty that didn’t like it has passed away. 🙁

      Positive reinforcement when you get it also helps with the transition.

      Thank you for the feedback, glad you enjoyed the article.

  9. I am a pet lover and I found here the great information about Cat Litter Box which will help me to purchase right Litter Boxes for my lovely cat, after reading the article I realized that it’s an honest review about Litter Boxes, I am waiting for your next articles about self-cleaning litter boxes. Thank you very much for writing the article.

    1. Hi Paul,

      Thanks for stopping by. With nine kitties, I’ve become very familiar with litter boxes. LOL

      We are going to start using the Cat Genie again and hope that our kitties will take to it. I’m going to post another article probably tomorrow afternoon about another self cleaning litter box that we’ve used.

      Thank you for your comment!

  10. Hi

    Thank you for sharing this great informational article about Cat, it is very important article.Everyone loves their pet cat. I have pet cat i love him.i want to serve him well.What type litter box can i use of my cat. I want to buy a litter box.I will definitely share this blog with my friends.

    1. Thanks for stopping by!

      My favorite self cleaning litter box is the Cat Genie. Stay tuned tomorrow afternoon I’m going to share another self cleaning litter box that you might like as well.

      Thanks for your comment!

  11. How can I have never heard of Cat Genie until now?? Other than training cats to use the toilet (which I have seen work!) this sounds like an amazing next best thing, and certainly a whole lot better than traditional litter boxes. We no longer have a cat and one of the reasons we have never got another is because of the litter box issue but this seems like it might be a good option. I didn’t trust that I would be able to train a new cat to go in the toilet even though I know it can be done, and litter boxes I just have found to be messy and smelly. Thanks for reviewing this and I now feel like a cat is a possibility again.

    1. Hi Melissa,

      Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad to hear that a cat might now be a possibility for you. I was close to having one of my kitties use a real toilet, but I tried to rush the training and it ended up not working.

      Almost all of our kitties gravitated to the Cat Genie right away. 

      Please send me a pic if you end up getting a kitty.

      Thanks for your comment.

  12. This is a nice piece of information.

    You have really done a great job. Even though i’m just hearing about the self cleaning cat litter box. The fact that it is cheaper than buying litter every month as it is a self cleaning device makes it cool and economical to use. Thanks for sharing this review. 

    1. Thanks Michael for visiting.

      I know it’s a little expensive right away, but it will end up being cheaper in the long run. 

      Thanks for your comment.

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