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Posted: 2/1/2013 1:05:18 PM
I may have asked this before, but I can't remember for sure.

If you have the Cat Genie, what do you think of it. I want the good, bad, and ugly. Also, if you have a self-cleaning litter box that you highly recommend, I am eager to hear about it.

I do have a pre-diabetic cat who leaves HUGE urine clumps, and also doesn't cover his poop. (if that makes a difference in what you would recommend)

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Posted: 2/1/2013 1:06:51 PM
Everytime I see that commercial, I think, "Seriously? The first time it makes noise, that box will be abandoned & the carpet ruined." Am I the only one?


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Posted: 2/1/2013 1:08:07 PM
We have one and the cats use it regularly and we have had no issues at all.



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Posted: 2/1/2013 1:30:04 PM
my husband didn't like it so we don't use it. He is the one that scoops the boxes so I don't complain! He says he doesn't like the litter sitting in there until it is full--the stink seeps through the plastic! We scoop and dispose of in a plastic grocery bag and put it in the outside garbage can. I'm sure there is a more ecofriendly way....


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Posted: 2/1/2013 1:33:10 PM
All cats are different. I personally wouldn't buy one for fear of wasting so much money. I have also heard stories of the machine getting stuck on wet litter.

I have a cat with asthma and I switched to the Tidy Cat Breeze box. It uses pellets and pee pads. The pads get tossed after a few days and the poop gets scooped as soon as you can. It is daily work with the scoop but that is done anyway and it can be pricey depending where you buy the pellets & pads. It might be worth it to at least look at the product.


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Posted: 2/1/2013 1:33:45 PM

my husband didn't like it so we don't use it. He is the one that scoops the boxes so I don't complain! He says he doesn't like the litter sitting in there until it is full--the stink seeps through the plastic! We scoop and dispose of in a plastic grocery bag and put it in the outside garbage can. I'm sure there is a more ecofriendly way....


Um nothing sits in there. They wastes gets flushed down the plumbing. The solid waste is liquified and flushed and the liquid waste just gets flushed. There is no smell.



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Posted: 2/1/2013 1:59:17 PM
Gavinsmom, like scrappower said, the waste is flushed immediately. I know your husband is likely thinking of automatic litter boxes where you dump the tray after it is full. I am afraid of those because of my cat's huge urine clumps. Here is the one I am talking about possibly buying:
cat genie


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Posted: 2/1/2013 2:03:17 PM
mishkismom, fear of wasting money is the big reason I am afraid to take the "plunge", so to speak, and buy this. However, I am seriously getting sick of the scooping and smell. I swear I have the sense of smell of a pregnant woman. It's crazy. Anyway, if they won't use it, I would of course go back to the regular box, but it would be nice if this works.

Scrappower, do you cover your system in any way? My cats are used to a covered box (my attempt to keep the litter contained, not for smell). I was thinking with an uncovered box they would scatter the litter even worse.

Also, my male cat pees on the side of the box and in a corner instead of in the middle like my female cat. I wonder if the cat genie can handle this.


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Posted: 2/1/2013 2:06:26 PM
I have four cats so using a bag to clean up is needed. The large clumps will not fit well unless broken up.

That being said - we have a cat Genie which I like to use for small clean-ups between they larger daily scooping.


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Posted: 2/1/2013 2:06:36 PM
We use this accessory to keep it private and the urine contained. My one girl cat is a sprayer when she pees and we haven't had any get outside with this. It is the dome.

http://www.catgenie.com/accessories/genie-dome

And I understand that the expense is high. I was wary at first too. But we have used ours for three years now and love it. It saves money in the long run.



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Posted: 2/1/2013 2:55:36 PM
My friend has two of them since her cats don't like sharing a litter box. I pet-sit for them, so I'm familiar with the system. My DH installed them too. They've done a wonder at improving the smell of their house in general and the cats haven't had any issues with them. You can set them to cycle after the cat leaves, so they don't get scared by any sound or movement. Their one cat doesn't pee in the house anymore like he used to if the litter box was dirty.

They have had some issues though. There is often a horrible smell when it cycles out poop. And they had a plumbing overflow issue because the pipe it drains into got clogged. They have to be careful to keep it cleaned out.


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Posted: 2/1/2013 2:58:31 PM
We use he Tidy Breeze, get we get the pads from Amazon. Thy are a quarter of the price tht Petco charges

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Posted: 2/1/2013 3:12:33 PM
Love the genie...and it's saving us money on having to change litter so often. It contains the odor.

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Posted: 2/1/2013 3:27:34 PM
I bought mine at Costco a few years ago, and we hated it. Maybe the design has changed over the years, but ours allowed "poop pellets" to get through. When the drying feature came on, it baked the poop, and the smell was AWFUL - it permeated throughout the house!!

It was the worst smell I have ever smelled. Gross!!

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Posted: 2/2/2013 1:00:41 AM
The "cooked poop" seems to be a frequent complaint I am seeing. I think that is the only part that is bothering me now.

I wonder how frequently this happens, and if there is anything that can be done to keep it from happening?


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Posted: 2/3/2013 5:17:35 PM
For us, by the end, the baking happened every time the Genie operated (1-2 times per day at least). The house stank, and we were mortified if anyone happened to come to our house when the Genie activated. We finally resorted to throwing the Cat Genie out...

But - this was about 3-4 years ago. Hopefully the design is different now.


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Posted: 2/3/2013 6:07:30 PM
I may be mixed up about the genie. We got the litter genie at target for $14.99 and are really happy with it. It cuts the odor and saves on the litter as you aren't having to complete the litter nearly so often.
It's like the diaper genie.

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Posted: 2/3/2013 6:12:11 PM
I got confused. We had the litter genie. Like a diaper genie but for litter


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