Does the Cat Genie Really Work?

Does the Cat Genie Really Work?
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Doe the Cat Genie work?The Cat Genie is one of the more revolutionary ways we’ve seen to fix the problem of having a litter box. It’s basically a cat toilet that has really tried to think of every single problem that a litter box represents and solve them one by one. But did they really think of everything, or is there a better solution than this?

Overview
One of the worst parts about owning a cat is having to coexist with their litter box. It’s pretty disgusting when you stop and think about it. You’re basically living with a pile of thinly veiled cat poop in the same vicinity. And unless you feel like cleaning out the litter box every single time they have to go, it can pile up and leave your home smelling bad. Even cleaning it up can be something of a health hazard, and at the very least it’s not a pleasant task.

The Claim
The Cat Genie claims that it is the all-in-one solution to your cat’s litter box that reduces your interaction to a minimum, takes care of the smell, keeps everything sanitary, and makes it set-and-forget. They claim that you won’t have to empty a litter box, or clean it out, and that you won’t have to keep buying kitty litter because their system uses reusable litter and washes it after every use so your cat always has fresh granules that satisfy their instinct of digging out a spot and covering their waste.

How It Works
The system is set up so that it goes to work after your cat uses it. They liquids fall through the bottom of the tray and get sucked away, and the solids get scooped out automatically, and then sent to the SaniSolution where they get broken down and whisked away. After that it runs a cleaning solution through all of the messy litter, washing it and then drying it so that it’s ready for the next time. The result is that your cat never had it so good. That’s something that we don’t really consider too often, that it’s no fun for your cat either, trying to use a full litter box and find an open spot. With this they always have a good spot every time.


The Cost
The Cat Genie ranges from $270 to $350 depending on which model you go with. To keep it running you’ll need to buy replacement cartridges that are $26 a piece. So yes, it’s kind of a big initial cost, but the maintenance isn’t too expensive, and the convenience factor is through the roof. It’s hard to have buyer’s remorse when you’re counting yourself lucky for not having to clean up cat feces any more.

The Commitment
The biggest draw to this kitty toilet is that you don’t really have to do anything once you set it up. In fact, once you get used to having it in your home you’ll wonder how you ever got by without it. The first few times you’ll wonder if your cat will really use it. Once you see that they do, you’ll start noticing it less and less, and eventually you’ll forget that it’s even there, and when you see it you’ll be reminded of how many times you don’t have to clean out the litter box.

Evaluation
The Cat Genie gets mostly positive reviews, and if you look closely at many of the negative reviews, they praise the product itself and their gripes are with something that are unrelated to its performance. Of course something this technologically advanced is not going to be able to please everyone every time. There will surely be defective units, and some that break down before too long. It’s just a part of manufacturing that there will be some that don’t work right. However, it is clear to see that if you get a working model, it works.

At this price point their customer service should be able to help you out with whatever problem you’re having. Also, some people don’t realize that you will need to be able to hook this up to an electrical outlet, as well as a cold water tap so that it can perform its flushing function. So yes, it does take a bit of set up, but once you have it all hooked up and running, it’s pretty much all you could ask for.

Final Cat Genie Review

The Cat Genie is a great concept, and you can see that they must have had a few brainstorming sessions to first figure out everything that’s wrong with a conventional litter box, and then another session figuring out how to fix all of those issues. The result works well, and happy owners say that they can return home from a day at work and not be greeted with a smelly full litter box and that makes all the difference.

Our Recommendation
You should definitely invest in one of these. The kitty litter savings alone will help defray the cost, or will at least be a breakeven when you buy the SaniSolution as needed. But the real win here is not having to get up close and personal with your cat’s mess any more. It takes away probably the biggest complaint people have about having a cat, next to all of the cat hair. But if you get a Furminator you are pretty much on your way to getting rid of all of the drawbacks to having a cat, so you can focus on all the fun parts of cat ownership.

What do you think? Does Cat Genie work or not?


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Ben J September 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Try living with a cat that’s not even yours and just looking at cat pictures will start giving you nightmares. Moving in with my girlfriend was by far the best and the worst thing I did this year and much has to do with her cat. Actually, let’s not fault the animal here. The real problem is my girlfriend’s laziness. I don’t like having a poop box in my house in the first place, but I really start to hate it when the owner doesn’t clean it every day. I gotta give this cat this star trek poop box and hope that this will be the end of my nightmare.

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lol March 30, 2017 at 2:14 am

You live there now, too. Stop bitching and start cleaning up after your pets!!

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Greg August 14, 2017 at 12:03 am

It’s her cat living in their house! lol I agree with Ben.

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Mike Doherty July 9, 2013 at 7:42 pm

If you have some disposable cash lying around and you hate the task of cleaning the litter box, perhaps the Cat Genie is for you. Basically, I can’t afford it. Even if, over the life of the product, it will outweigh the cost of continuously purchasing new litter, approximately $300 is a large chunk of change to spend on a box for a cat to pee and poop in. Also, it hooks up to the plumbing? And has to be plugged in all the time? Is it Energy Star certified? Finally, I know you can’t flush kitty litter down the toilet, as it’s bad for the plumbing and can pollute the water supply with the toxoplasma in cat urine, which can be fatal. The solution solves this problem? I’ll stick to the old methods and devices until I win the lotto.

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LS July 9, 2013 at 9:39 pm

I hate cleaning litter boxes, so I have been thinking about getting one of these for my home. I am so happy to see that you give it a positive review and recommend it, as there are so many similar self-cleaning litter boxes out there that receive really negative reviews and made me second-guess every option. While it is an expensive unit, I feel that if you are using expensive natural litter like I do, the savings will add up in no time. The only thing I need to do is figure out where in my home I can hook this up to a plumbing system.

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Vanessa B. July 12, 2013 at 2:05 am

This seems like a cat owner’s dream, but, like Mike said, I don’t think the price tag, and the fact that it has to be plugged in all day, makes it worth it. Also, I wonder how often you would need to buy the $26 cartridges. I used to have a pet cat and cleaning his litter box wasn’t all that tedious, so for me it wouldn’t be worth it. However, I can see how this would be great for a very busy person who’s out of the house all day, or a pregnant woman who doesn’t have anyone else who can clean the litter box for her.

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David July 18, 2013 at 3:04 am

As most of you might know I have commented on several cat products and felt that the cat genie needed a comment from me as well. While I find the cat genie to be a great concept it is outrageous to see it carry a price tag of 270 dollars for the basic model. For that amount of money I could buy a little more than a year’s supply of cat litter, and I mean the really good fresh step deodorizing carbon based cat litter. The price tag is only the first turn off, for me, that this product carries while the next is the fact that it needs to be hooked up to a source of water, the fact that it has to be plugged into a wall socket is a downside as well, but far less so than the water source. I would consider getting a cat genie, even with its other downsides, if its price was cut in half but for right now I will stick to manually cleaning out my cats’ litter box and be just fine.

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RLG August 11, 2013 at 1:13 pm

I too have commented on many of the cat products. I am no way paying $270 for a toilet for my cat. I change my cat box every other day. It is a part of my schedule. I buy the cat litter at Walmart for $2.89 and it is a 30 pound bag that last me several weeks. I am far from rich and I don’t even have a $300 toilet so why would I buy my cat one? Another thing is my cat box isn’t near any plumbing so how would I hook it up if I lost my mind and purchased this product? Great idea, but again I will keep my money.

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Lucii May 26, 2015 at 7:59 pm

My daughter bought me the basic CatGenie for my four cats, and we love it! What a huge advantage over regular cat boxes. The litter in the CatGenie is biodegradable and won’t harm the plumbing. It took m cats no time at all to get used to it! Yes, a cartridge is about $26.00, but that last two months or more! Well worth the investment!

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Randy September 15, 2015 at 5:50 am

So we (my wife and I) were given two of these for our new family members. We rescued two beautiful Bengals. I have always wanted a cat genie. But little did I know I’d need two! These things run for 30 mins per use. It’s only been a month and I really appreciate not visiting the box except for the few times it beeped all night long because it needed some sensor cleaned. I’m a little nervous about the added water and electric bills. But what is it really worth if it works? So far I’m pleased but we have two! Any less and who knows.

I had no idea that cats poop on the same schedule.

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Deana December 21, 2015 at 3:21 pm

I love the idea, and at first thought it would be worth the expense, but one time out of town and the thing malfunctioned leaving the cats to not want to use it while it made noise! They opted for the area around the box which is as you know nasty to come home to! The next time I came home to a flood cause the plastic fitting leaked from my laundry room and flooded the area. The smell when it cleans has chased my guests from my home as it smells like pig sty! HELP cat genie!! What’s up with this?

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Alyssa March 23, 2017 at 3:53 am

If it’s out of warranty, they will deem the unit too old for repairs. My unit is identical to a new one, and there have obviously been no new models released since then. I even swapped my broken processing unit (the brains of the machine) with a friend’s new one, to see if they were incompatible. My CatGenie worked fine with the newer processing unit. I called/emailed several different employees, who could not explain what if anything had changed in the design that made my unit too old for repairs. They just suggested I buy a new one. Riiight… I decided to give up on repairs and ask for a replacement processing unit, since that’s obviously the broken part. They do not sell that part at all. IF THE CORE OF THE CAT GENIE BREAKS, I REPEAT, THEY WILL NOT SELL YOU A NEW ONE. They again suggested I buy a new unit, and said that I got tons of mileage out of my old one. It’s only been four years since I bought my first CatGenie!! Apparently Cat Genie’s are not meant to last for more than a few years. Ridiculous considering how expensive they are. This is a greedy company that suckers you into a subscription for their litter and cleaning solution, while also selling the machine at a super high price, with the promise it will save you time and money in the long run. If I have to keep replacing these $200+ units every couple of years, there’s no way that’s worth it.

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Etal June 11, 2017 at 7:30 pm

FIRST – this site is rigged. It will NOT let me give a rating of 1 star.

In looking at the reviews, I’ve noticed something. There is no true benefit to owning this. Cost wise, you’re actually paying more than the traditional standard box.

After the expensive initial cost you pay for the unit, you still have to buy their replacement cartridges every month for more than the cost of cat litter that will last as long. You now have the added cost of electricity and water to operate the thing.

It will only last a few years. I have a nice plastic box that has lasted over 10 years. It cleans up quickly when it’s time and right back in use.

My plastic box is more trustworthy. It has never malfunctioned nor flooded, ever. I’ve never had to fight with it to make it work. So I’ve never had to deal with frustrating, inept ‘customer service.’

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