CatGenie Self Washing Self Flushing Cat Box (Not AI)
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|Product Dimensions||24.5"L x 19.25"W x 21"H|
|Item Weight||26 Pounds|
About this item
- Product Dimensions: CatGenie is 19.25" wide in front. 17.5" wide top, 21" high, 24.5" deep allowing for hoses. Water Supply Hose 8' long, Drain Hose 10' long. Must be installed where access to cold water line and waste line is accessible.
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From the manufacturer
Acts Like a Cat Box. Cleans Like an Appliance. Flushes Like a Toilet.
With CatGenie, your cats have an automatic cat box that's more hygienic than your own bathroom. CatGenie not only flushes away waste, it also washes and hot-air dries itself clean after every use. All you do is tell CatGenie when to clean itself (choose between automatic or manual modes).
CatGenie requires NO LITTER, only cat-approved, septic-safe Washable Granules that never need changing. When kitty goes, liquids drain through the non-absorbing Washable Granules. CatGenie scoops and liquefies the solids for safe and easy disposal down the laundry drain or toilet then cleans and hot-air dries the Washable Granules, all for your cat's comfort.
CatGenie delivers a scooped, washed and hot-air dried cat box after every use.
More Than Self Scooping
- Litter Free
- Washes with SaniSolution and Water
- Hot-Air Dries Granules
- Automatically Scoops, Washes, Flushes, Dries after every use
- Easy DIY Installation
How It Works: The CatGenie Cleaning Cycle
When the cleaning starts, your CatGenie removes any solids for immediate disposal.
Using water and cat-safe, veterinarian-approved SaniSolution, your CatGenie washes, scrubs, scours and purifies the Washable Granules and cat area clean as new.
CatGenie liquifies solids and flushes all waste out of your home for good. No nasty clumps or dirty litter to clean out. No heavy bags or containers of contaminated litter to smell or carry.
CatGenie uses hot air to thoroughly dry granules at the end of each cycle, leaving them completely dry for the next use.
Installation is Simple.
Your CatGenie comes with everything you need for installation and no plumber is needed.
The best location for your CatGenie cat box is the Laundry/Utility Room or a Bathroom.
DIY installation takes less than 15 minutes for most users.
Your CatGenie Will Need:
- Fresh water from a cold water supply line that connects to a washing machine, sink or toilet.
- A laundry drain or toilet for cat waste removal.
- An electrical outlet.
Simple DIY Setup: No Plumber Needed
One-Time, Easy DIY Setup
Connect to a cold water line using the supplied T-Adaptor, share drainage with toilet or washing machine and plug into a 120-volt AC electric outlet.
In a bathroom setup, the drain hook secures under the toilet seat to allow waste to drain into the toilet. Cold water is shared with the toilet.
Laundry Room Option
In a laundry room set up, the GenieHose is inserted into the washing machine drain pipe and cold water line is shared with washing machine.
3 Cleaning Cycle Options
Choose from three options to start cleaning:
1. Press Start button to start cleaning anytime.
2. Use Time Activation mode to select times to automatically clean each day.
3. Use Cat Activation mode to automatically clean after each use.
CatGenie, The world's only self-washing cat box. You will never touch, change or buy cat litter again. The CatGenie Secret? Washable Granules, not litter. Collecting cat waste in a box of litter is unsanitary. Cleaning the mess out is unpleasant and carrying heavy cat litter in and of the home is just a waste. The CatGenie is dust, germ, odor, and litter free and automatically washes, sanitizes and dries itself. CatGenie has a Two-Year Warranty. Easy DIY set-up. Recommended setup locations: Bathroom (toilet) -If you have a rigid water line in your bathroom, you may need to replace it with a flexible one) or Utility/laundry room. When you purchase the CatGenie, everything needed to make your home litter free is included: The only tools needed are a wrench or a pair of pliers. Some non-standard hookups may require additional parts not provided by PetNovations, Inc. Included supplies should last 2-3 months for 1 cat and about 2 months for two cats. Several custom Cat Activation Choices- Cat 1 - 14 straight hours active, 10 hours sleep time (you choose when it is on) with a 10 minute delay after the cat uses it to clean Cat 2 - 14 straight hours active, 10 hours sleep time (you choose when it is on) with a 30 minute delay. For multiple cats giving them time to use it before it cleans Cat 3- 24-hours active, with a 10-minute delay after the cat uses it to clean Cat 4 – 24-hours active with a 30-minute delay. For multiple cats giving them time to use it before it cleans The CatGenie is the greenest cat box ever and quite possibly, the most economical. The plastic in the SaniSolution Cartridge is recyclable (unlike cat litter). Each cartridge holds 120 washes and when set on Cat Activation provide 240 washes (A year supply of Cartridges takes up less space and uses less plastic than one container/1 month's supply of cat litter).
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 24.5 x 19.25 x 21 inches; 26 Pounds
- Item model number : 891329001775
- Date First Available : July 10, 2012
- Manufacturer : petnovations-- Cat Genie
- ASIN : B008JGIYVE
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Reviewed in the United States on March 29, 2021
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Anyway, I've never minded cat box duties too much, but I recently took a new job where I am travelling more, and the rest of the family tends to "forget" to mind the litter box, so I thought it was time to take advantage of living in the 'teens and get myself a robofied litter box.
I've had some previous exposure to the concept of an automated litter box that was not good. My brother, something like 10 years ago, had one in his bathroom. This was pre-Cat Genie days. It used some type of plastic pellets, and it worked by filling up with water then cycling everything through some type of blender. My god, that thing was a horror. When it started up it was LOUD and violent, and it created a swirling Charybdis of reeking cat excrement whose sole purpose seemed to be to convert the poop into an aerosolized form. I fear that the legacy of my brief time in this contraption's presence is lingering bits of condensated cat feces forever buried in the deepest alveolar sacs of my lungs.
But that was then, and this is THE FUTURE! So I took a chance on The Cat Genie 120 (TWICE as good as the 60, no doubt).
Setup was fairly easy, except for some issues I had around using my washing machine connections. I learned that sometimes, once you unhook a washer hose, you need a brand new hose if you don't want it to leak when you put it back together. Once I figured that out, I was leak-free. My other problem was that the drain hose would not fit down the drain hole along with the washer drain hose. So I got creative and used the rubber end piece intended for use with toilets and was able to squeeze that down the drain hole. This is probably not recommended, but what can I say, I'm the Evel Knievel of cat poop. It's been working fine for me that way, so, assuming absolutely no responsibility if anything bad happens, I'm going to say you should totally do this if you need to.
ProTip: Pay attention to how this thing goes together while you are assembling it. Take a good look at the grinder part especially. It's fairly simple, but at some point you are going to need to take it apart to fix it, so don't let the workings be a mystery to you. You don't want to have to learn on the fly while wading through the swampy waters of Camp Catcrud. Your cat will eat a rubber band or something that will make the round trip and end up wrapped around the Cat Genie's grinder eventually, so be prepared! Knowing is half the battle! The other half is forgetting afterwards.
The engineering on this thing is impressive. The litter bowl rotates, the scoop goes up and down, it fills with cleaning solution and drains, and it dries the litter with a blow dryer. It runs what I am sure was a very extensively developed cycle using these features to scoop the poop, grind it up and flush it, and wash the pellets. It generally works really well. It's not too loud, and it doesn't seem to freak out the cats. And if the thing someday goes all Skynet on you, I don't think it could really do much damage, so sleep easy.
Occasionally the Genie will miss a poo, especially small ones that fall through the scoop. This poo will get baked by the hair dryer and smell bad. However, over subsequent runs these poolets usually get ground up by the Genie's clever use of the scoop and eventually cleared down the drain. I'd suggest having a lizard litter scoop on hand to pluck out little bits if you happen to see any. Aside from this, the thing generally smells OK! Definitely much better than the dual Scoop-Away setup we had going previously. However, if your cat is prone to mud-bottom, the Cat Genie is NOT for you unless you enjoy exponential amplification of your problems.
As others have stated, the litter pellets do get scattered a bit, but I don't find it is tracked around any worse than the Scoop-Away was, and they are much less messy to pick up (and you can put them right back in the box). But do get those higher side walls for the Genie, if not the whole dome. Also, get a decent litter mat that will let you recover the pellets easily, like the "Blackhole" mats you can find here on the big A-Z. Don't be that guy who half-arses it then whines when it doesn't work perfectly. Commit, man (or lady as the case may be).
As far as training the kitties, after a false start, all four cats are on board the Genie train. At least two of them took to it right away, so I tried yanking the old box cold turkey style, but I had a rebel or two in the group who left some protest packages for me. I did not find any liquid rebellion though, so I suspect this was just a token resistance. Regardless, I backtracked a bit and brought back the old Scoop-Away box. I did as others have suggested and gradually replaced the Scoop-Away with Cat Genie Pellets over the course of a week or so (a box of Genie litter had to be sacrificed for the greater good). Then I washed the old box and filled it back up with just Genie pellets. Some of the cats still preferred this old box over the Genie proper. So each morning, I would scoop out all the clean pellets from the Genie and dump in the dirty pellets from the old box and run a wash. Cat pee smells fearsome bad when there's no litter that absorbs it, so this was unpleasant, but such is the price of progress. When my mind is quiet though, sometimes I can still smell it….
Then I took away the old box. But I sweetened the deal with my secret weapon: Precious Cat Ultra Litter Attractant. The irony of that name is oppressive. This is oregano looking stuff that smells like dirt and makes the kitty feel like they are getting away with peeing on your houseplant. Of course they love that, and the stuff worked like a charm in helping the holdouts overcome their remaining Genie reservations. The oregano is very fine, so it gets washed away in the cleaning cycle. I sprinkled this on after each cleaning ("BAM!") for about a week, and that was that.
The Cat Genie is now granting all the cat's "wishes" full time. I've got the box running in "cat activated mode," which means it runs automatically 30 minutes after a cat visits it. This has worked really well, and I am sure has given the cats a healthy sense of empowerment. I haven't had to deal directly with cat scat for a couple weeks now, except sometimes I still go in to watch the Genie do its magic, because it is pretty cool. Also, one of my cats has taken to signing melancholy cat tunes while using it. I'm not sure what's up with that, but I'm going to just assume that she finds the futuristic litterbox experience artistically inspiring in some way.
So far I have had one clogging incident. It took a while to clear, but if the same thing happened again I think I could fix it much more quickly. There was a big clump of litter pellets stuck at the Genie end of the drain tube. I think that clump may have been my fault, as at the time I was transferring very wet pellets from the "training box" over to the Genie, and I may have made some clumps that didn't fall through the scoop as normal. So I will warily spot the Cat Genie that one.
In summary, I can see how if things go wrong you could have a pretty disgusting disaster to deal with, and I am sure this will happen eventually (and I will dub it "Catrina"), but on balance I'm very glad I got this. I am a fan! Cat Genie is #1 for #2! And #1! We don't have the hover-boards we were supposed to by now, but I'm sure I would just hurt myself badly on them anyway. What we did get is the Cat Genie, and I'll take it. I hope it will continue to function as it has been for years to come. Same goes for the cats. And for me for that matter.
I'll report back in a month or so on whether our cat whiz Elysium has endured. Everything depends on how well this thing continues to function over time. EVERYTHING!
UPDATE: In the month since I wrote this review, I've had one further clogging incident. As foretold by prophecy, one of the kitties ate a ribbon that wound itself around the grinder. However, now that I know my way around the Genie's innards, I was able to fix it up in under 10 minutes.
I have also put the Genie to the ultimate test of a week-long family vacation. We had a kindly neighbor checking in and a backup litter box on standby, but the Genie was left in charge of cat waste management. It ran completely autonomously for a week with no problems at all. Thanks, Cat Genie!
UPDATE #2: OK, I think I know what might be the source of at least one commonly reported unhappiness with the Cat Genie. The good news (I guess) is that this is self-inflicted.
After a while, you'll lose some of the granules from the bowl. You'll buy a nice fresh box o' granules and you will go to add some. And you'll think "OK, I'll just put in a little bit...now I'll just add a little more for luck." STOP RIGHT THERE! There appears to be a very delicate balance between the volume of granules in the bowl and the effectiveness of the drying cycle. If you go over the original quantity of granules, even by a little bit, they won't dry. And when they don't dry, the scoop will deposit a big wet wad of them unto the grinder, and you will be blessed with an almighty clog.
UPDATE #3: The Cat Genie has been working so well for our 4 cats that we decided to get another one. "Another Cat Genie, or another CAT?" you snigger. Well keep on laughing, because the answer is BOTH. When you foster litters of kittens and their mothers for a local shelter, things just happen, OK? But there is also a rationality behind the decision. If you figure that we were fostering 2-3 litters of 3-7 kittens for 3-4 months each a year, in addition to our permanent cats, it actually works out to considerably fewer cats per day (cpd) to just keep one more cat and stop fostering. So that's what we did. But I have to admit I would never have considered it if I was scooping up after 5 cats. The CatGenie enabled this to happen. I love you and I hate you so much CatGenie.
ANYWAY, the kitten took right to the Genie with the help of a small footstool to help her climb in. However, we realized that a 5:1 cat to Cat Genie (c/CG) ratio was pushing it, so I bought another one. This time, installation was a snap, because I am an experienced robot litter professional now. CatGenie #2 went into the guest bathroom that shares a wall with the laundry room. This one is attached to the sink faucet line (after drilling a neat little hole in the side of the cabinet) and drains into the toilet. I bought the full dome for this one, so the cats now have the option of top-up or top-down bodily functions, much like an incontinent frat boy with a Cadillac convertible. So consider this repeat purchase a strong endorsement of Cat Genie, and a cautionary tale of feline excess madness.
The CatGenie is like an infernal onion -- each new layer bringing forth its own unique new kind of hell. It starts out and certainly looks fun, but once you start using it, everything quickly goes down the drain, except when it doesn't go down the drain at all.
The product is honestly only good for certain types of cats that follow very strict poop etiquette. All the rest who enjoy pooping in the middle of the box, have less than ideal nuggets, love to trap tiny litter in their paws, and those that dig furiously will turn your life, your nose, and your house upside down and into sheer misery and terror with this device.
The product, despite its best intentions, has many flaws.
These are the main ones:
* Cat poop in the middle of the box will not be picked up by the Genie Hand. It will either break up, be mashed, or be left to bake.
* The drain system and the actual drain hose are entirely too small. They are only truly capable of handling kitten poop, but other dissatisfying features make the use of this device with kittens a truly bad decision. Think about your cat, especially those of you with big ones. Now look at the size of the fingernail on your pinkie. That's where ALL the cat badness has to go, plus the extra granules that stick to the poo, extra fur, and anything else your cat decides to eat.
* The plastic litter granules, while biodegradable, are far too small -- they will be tracked everywhere by your cat AND BY YOU, from the bathroom to the bedroom to the kitchen and beyond. You will have no idea if they are "sanitary" or not.
* Poop falls through the Genie Hand like nobody's business -- the bumping motion the hand tries to use to save granules that can't wait to clog the machine only works on super solid loafs and instead frequently plants the seeds of an upcoming bake.
* The poop grinder / macerating device can make a terrible brown watery mess if anything else gets in there and you will end up with a clog – and this includes anything besides kibble your cat decides to eat.
* The holes in the bottom of the basin are way too small and are only capable of removing urine. Any poop not removed by the Genie Hand (and this can a lot) including very small pieces the size of a fingernail or a sliver of a fingernail WILL NOT be removed but WILL be baked. They will NEVER be removed or dissolved as the machine simply does not do that. YOU will have to remove them yourself, which defeats the purpose of the machine.
* Once you smell a poo brownie bake, your life will never be the same. Only a demonic machine would inflict such horror on the human race.
* The machine uses cold water, (supposedly, hot water will damage it or screw up the sensor). Ever tried to run your DISHWASHER or do your LAUNDRY using only ice cold water? Unless it's practically clean to start with, you're going to have a bad time. Even your grandmother's grandmother knew that you need HOT WATER if you really want to get something truly clean and dissolve dirt, food, and anything else, like cat poo.
* Cat Activation mode has so many problems. This nice solution saving feature will be your quickest ticket to baked brownie hell which will awaken you in the middle of the night and keep you awake for some time while you curse silently to yourself.
* The "human interface" is beyond idiotic. This is the kind of interface that you will find on 1970s electronics and products designed far outside the USA. It is honestly unacceptable and ridiculous in 2015 for this type of system to even still exist – even in the year 2000!
* The solution and the granules are a scam. Everyone knows it and you do too. The solution runs out quickly, including on Cat Activation mode which although it saves 50% with each run, will make the system run every time your cat pees, poops, or simply steps in and out of the box. So instead of 1 or 2 manual runs a day, you may be left with as many as 4-6 cat activated runs. And the sleep mode for Cat Activation is ridiculous and ludicrous to set up. Your choices are: smell poo at night, smell poo during the day, run six times a day, or not use Cat Activation mode at all.
* The system has essentially a non-existent level of machine intelligence. It has no idea about anything going on other than if a cat is in the machine or if the water is present. It may run and attempt to dry with liquid poo still in the system and a full clog in progress! As it fails to include a liquid detector, it must clean for both pee and poop on every cycle, resulting in half hour plus cycles for a quick pee when a basic 10 minute rinse would have been sufficient.
*You must continue to buy both the solution and the granules and the cost of these will be more expensive than any other litter system out there, including the containers for a Little Maid or a plain old box, litter, and a scoop.
* Cycles are long, loud, and use a lot of water and power. More than you think. The unit will heat up your whole bathroom or laundry room during the drying phase.
* If you choose to hook up the drain hose to your bathroom toilet, be prepared for terrible sights after a cycle.
There are many more problems, but these are the main ones.
I ended up with a pool of brown poop and pee water that ended up all over my bathroom floor. The failed unit had to then go directly into the bathtub to be emptied out and washed before being returned the next day. The entire bathroom had to be bleached. The most unsanitary experience of my life!
Don't buy this. It seems like a good product and in theory its intentions are good, but if the manual gives you the impression that this was designed and built on a budget (as the manual was clearly printed on one) – you are in fact correct.
The entire system needs a major R&D overhaul to be effective for 95% of cats out there as opposed to the maybe 25% it may work well with as it is. Either your cat's behavior will be compatible with the rigid tolerances of this machine or it won't. Chances are it won't, even if your first few days go well.
The first time you find yourself having to watch the cycle to avoid a bake -- take my advice and return the machine. Don't wait for the next problem to occur – a clog is far worse than smelling an open cat sewer bakery for an hour.
I read advice like this before purchasing and I thought I would be different. I KNEW my cat would be fine with this machine. Don’t be like me. Don’t have false hope and hubris. Wait for a better product or stick with your Litter Maid or Litter Robot or your basic box and scoop and some good quality litter. You will sleep well at night and your cat will also thank you.