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.
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.
- No need to scoop dirty cat litter
- Easy setup
- 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).
- If you have a cat with a sensitive nose, they might not like it
- 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)
- 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.
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.)
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.