CatGenie Self Washing Self Flushing Cat Box – Full Review

CatGenie Self-Washing Cat Box

CatGenie Self-Washing Cat Box

DESCRIPTION

The CatGenie is a self-flushing, self-washing cat box. This is an innovative concept in automatic cat litter boxes because it works as a “cat toilet” flushing the waste away, cleaning and drying the cat box and litter so it’s ready to be used over and over again.

Washable litter is permanent; it does not have to be changed and it consists in granules that look like regular cat litter. With this system you never have to touch or buy cat litter again.

The CatGenie 120 features 3 different settings: “Cat Start” with automatic cleaning 10 minutes after the cat uses it, “Auto Start” in which you can setup 1, 2, 3 or 4 times a day, leaving the area sanitized and “Push Start” in which the unit can be flushed any time manually. The CatGenie has a child lock mode to prevent accidental starts.

The unit works with biodegradable and recyclable SaniSolution cartridge for cleansing and it holds enough SaniSolution for at least 120 washes.

CatGenie with Dome

CatGenie with Dome

 

 

HOW TO HOOK UP THE SYSTEM?

The CatGenie is hooked up to a cold water line and to a waste-water drain such as toilette or washer’s drain pipe and it is plugged to an electrical outlet.

The unit includes everything you need to install the CatGenie. It comes with T-adapters to hook up the device whether to a laundry room or to the bathroom. The only tools needed are a wrench or a pair of pliers. Additional parts may be required with non-standard hookups.

 

CATGENIE FEATURES

  • Full automatic process of scooping, flushing waste away and washing itself clean.
  • Reusable litter-like washable granules for your cat to dig and cover
  • Suitable for no more than 3 average sized cats from 6 months age.
  • It requires hookup to cold water line, wastewater drain and electrical outlet
  • Unit includes biodegradable SaniSolution cartridge and washable granules.
  • Product Dimensions approx: 25.8 x 22.4 x 13.8 inches
  • Weight approx: 25 lbs.(Includes Processing Unit, 11 lbs. Base Unit, 14 lbs)
  • Power Requirements (North America): 120VAC, 60Hz (15A Fused)
  • Power Requirements (Europe): 230VAC, 50Hz (8A Fused)
  • Power Consumption: 20W (Cleaning Cycle-17Minutes) 1200W (Drying Cycle-17 Minutes)
  • Included supplies last approximately 3 months for one cat and about 2 months for 2 cats.
  • The product is covered by a 90 day money-back guarantee and 2 year warranty.

 

Washable Granules

Washable Granules

WHAT COMES WITH THE UNIT?

√ The CatGenie litter box

√ Utility or Laundry Room T-Adapter

√ Bathroom or Powder Room T-Adapter

√ SaniSolution Cartridge

√ Washable Granules.

 

Accessories (optional)

  • Sidewalls, to stop litter from falling
  • Cat Dome, to contain litter and male cats urine (note: not suitable for big cats over 15 lbs)

 

HOW DOES THE CATGENIE 120 WORK?

When your cat does his business the urine drains away from the granules so basically only the waste gets flushed. The process starts with a GenieHand that scoops out the solid waste, this waste is deposited in a chamber located in the hopper while fresh water fills the box and this waste is turned into liquid by an impeller for safe and easy removal.

This waste-liquid is drained through the washer drain pipe (which connects directly into sewer or septic tank) in case of the Laundry room or through the toilet (hooked to the toilet rim).

Once the waste and dirty water are drained away more spinning rinse cycles continue while SaniSolution disinfects everything. Finally a hot-air blower fully dries the granules and box. This process takes 34 minutes in total, 17 minutes in cleaning cycle and 17 minutes in drying cycle. The result is a clean and disinfected litter box ready to be used again.

 

MODE SETTINGS:

As mentioned previously, the CatGenie has 3 settings: “Cat Start” (or Cat Activation), “Auto Start” and “Push Start”.

1. CAT START (cat activation): It cleans the litter box 10 minutes after your cat has used it. Special eyes-sensors detect the cat when leaving the litter box so if the cat does not leave the litter area the cleaning cycle won’t start; it will only be activated once the cat leaves the unit. Also, if another cat needs to use the litter box right after his “buddy”, the unit resets and delays for another 10 minutes.

The unit with Sidewalls

The unit with Sidewalls

When set in “Cat Start” (or Cat Activation) the CatGenie works based in two modes: Active Mode and Sleep Mode. Active Mode lasts 14 hours straight, where the unit will clean the cat’s waste automatically. The other 10 hours the machine is in “Sleep Mode”, this means it won’t clean the waste if the cat uses it. This feature allows you to sleep, because eliminates cleaning cycle’s noises at night. However, you can push a manual cleaning anytime you want during sleep mode. Next day when the system switches automatically to Active Mode again, it will clean the cat’s waste if there is any.

When set in “Cat Start” the SaniSolution cartridge automatically switches from 120 washes to 240. This is because as the unit cleans and flushes the waste immediately, it needs less solution per wash.

This “Cat Start” or Cat Activation setting is more suitable for one cat or two at the most. Multiple cats means more cleaning cycles (34 minutes each cycle) so this could create problems if other cats want to use the machine while in cleaning cycle. The unit running almost all day is another consideration to take.

 

CatGenie setup in a laundry room

CatGenie setup in a laundry room (Timmy Denike photo)

2. AUTO START: Gives you the option to run the CatGenie from 1 to 4 times a day, depending on the number of cats. When choosing a self cleaning litter box multiple cats you need to keep a balance between the cleanliness and energy efficiency. That’s why this mode is suitable for multi-cat households.

Auto Start means the cleaning cycle won’t start after a cat uses the litter box and instead, the unit will run every 6, 8, 12 or 24 hours per day, depending on the number of cleaning cycles you program the device to run (4, 3, 2, 1 times a day).

As the unit does not feature a digital timer, once programmed it will start automatically at the pre-set cleaning times, so you have to program the CatGenie at one of the times you actually want the machine to start a cleaning cycle. For example, if you want the CatGenie to clean 2 times a day and to start cleaning at 1 pm and then at 1 am, you have to program the Auto Setup at either 1 pm or 1 am. It is a good idea to observe the cats’ habits for an optimal programming.

On Auto Start setting the SaniSolution cartridge lasts for 120 washes.

 

3. PUSH START: Allows you to start a cleaning cycle anytime you want by only pushing the start button. This is a good complement to other setting options, for example during a Sleep Mode in Cat Start setting or between Auto Start cycles. This is a good option if your cat is sick and you want to check its eliminations.

On this setting the SaniSolution cartridge lasts for 120 washes.

 

CAN THE CATGENIE 120 BE ADOPTED EASILY BY CATS?

Cats in general don’t switch easily to new systems and especially automatic systems with movements and noises.

Cat using the CatGenie

Cat using the CatGenie

However, cats do have the ability to take to new automatic litter boxes if they are introduced properly.

CatGenie includes a “Cat Acclimation Guide” that is important not to skip. It might take a long time for your cat to accept the litter box but a lot of patience and strategy needs to be applied on this.

When introduced properly cats seem to adopt the CatGenie pretty good and use it consistently.

Some cats might not accept the unit at all; every cat is unique and when it comes to felines nothing can be guaranteed.

 

IMPROVEMENTS OF CATGENIE 120 OVER THE ORIGINAL 60 VERSION:

  • Better design and quality of the scooper (the GenieHand) to prevent breakage.
  • Hair build up prevention system
  • Easy maintenance of the unit by inserting a Machine Maintenance Cartridge and push a button (no need manual cleaning of the unit and it keeps the water sensor from buildup is what is stated by manufacturer)
  • Improved bowl that eliminates granule build up under the bowl.
  • Biodegradable 120 Sanisolution that double the washes to 240 on cat activation mode.

 

SUPPLIES AND ENVIRONMENT 

The washable granules and cartridges have an additive that allows plastic-loving bacteria to degrade the plastics. The Cartridge Cases biodegrade in less than 10 years. If some washable granules go to a septic system they will biodegrade within 9 months, and two years in landfills.

 

VERY COMPREHENSIVE VIDEO REVIEW ABOUT THE CATGENIE:

 

 

WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF CATGENIE SELF-WASHING CAT BOX?

 

Pros

  • A fully automatic solution for scooping and disposing the waste.
  • Programmable automatic flushing keeps the unit clean and disinfects the area.
  • Good for households with 1 or 2 cats.
  • Easy to set up
  • Good construction and quality.
  • No contact with the litter.
  • Hypoallergenic and environment friendly litter.
  • Unit works as advertised.
  • Good for a trip as it takes care automatically of litter box.

 

Cons

  • It does not work well if your cat defecates soft feces that might stay on the device (cleaning cycle might pulverize them causing very bad smell).
  • The system might get clogs after some period of time (this does not happen always).
  • Biodegradable litter does not cover up the cat feces and urine odor.
  • Lots of tracking granules
  • Loud cleaning cycles

 

Tips to use the CatGenie:

  • Make sure that you have a space large enough to locate the unit.
  • Clean the unit with the Machine Maitenance Cartridge at least 4 times a year to keep water sensor from buildup and the box from clogging.
  • Customers prefer unscented SaniSolution instead scented.
  • If you have a kitten get the Dome to protect your cat from playing during the cleaning cycle.
  • If your cat is a digger or if he urinates on sides it is a good investment to get the Dome and Sidewalls.
  • Have always enough supplies to make sure the unit will always work. Without supplies, the unit does not work.
  • Get a good mat to clean your cat litter tracking.

 

Conclusion: √ I recommend CatGenie in these cases:

  • If you want a fully automatic cat litter box (no scooping, no disposing waste)
  • Households with 1 or 2 cats maximum
  • If your cat defecates firm stools
  • If you have enough space in your bathroom or laundry room
  • Ideally to be installed in a basement bathroom or guests bathroom.

 

Χ I would not recommend this cat box:

  • To be used for more than 2 cats.
  • Small houses or apartments.
  • For cats that defecate very soft feces.
  • A very playful kitten.
  • If you can’t clean & maintain the unit periodically (possible clogs if not).
  • If you don’t like noises (dry cycle spins)

 




22 Responses to “CatGenie Self Washing Self Flushing Cat Box – Full Review”

  1. One thought I do have about this unit, well, people say you must keep supplied and this is a con. You would have to do that with any cat box anyway.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      You are right Daniel and that is why I did not consider that point as a Con now and I mentioned it just on tips for a better use of this unit. All automatic litter boxes work with supplies. What I meant is that the CatGenie does not work if you don’t have the brand’s supplies so you never have to run out of them, this could be a con if you forget to have supplies as backup because you can only buy them online with a approx. 4 days shipping.

      Thanks for your comment!

  2. Bill says:

    I never knew these handy cat tools existed. Not sure I’ll own a cat, but this information sure won’t hurt if I ever mull over the idea. 🙂

  3. Mona says:

    I have a question……I have 6 cats in my home and was thinking of buying this product. I plan to purchase 2 or 3 units and I am more than willing to pay the cost for supplies to eliminate the back breaking scooping 3-4 times a day. You say you recommend for 1-2 cats households maximum…..does this apply per unit or in total? In other words, if I were to install 3 units for 6 cats, would that work? Also, can 2 units be hooked to the same bathroom with a splitter type device or is it strictly 1 unit per bathroom/laundry room? I really appreciate your honest review. Thanks so much.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Mona, thank you for your question. This is a good automatic cat bathroom if you use it for one or two cats. I personally would not recommend you to setup 3 units in your house. What I could suggest you is trying a mixed solution for your 6 cats. For example, the Litter Robot for some cats and the Catgenie for the others.

      Thanks for the question Mona and keep me posted about the solution you took.

    • Samantha says:

      I wouldn’t recommend the Litter Robot. Cat specialists suggest that rotating the smell/germs of feces around the entire unit is not the best solution. It just doesn’t make sense to spread the scent and nastiness all around.
      This is a great review of the cat genie, which I am considering purchasing. I have 3 cats so might use a combination of the genie and one other litter option to at least lessen the scooping in my house!

      • Lorena Ávila says:

        Thanks for your feedback Samantha. I am happy you found the best solution for your cat!!

      • Gayle Miller says:

        I Agree, some cats will stop using the rotating box all together due to urine and fecal stains and smell. Also find other places to dogo. I mean really would you want to be surrounded by all of that smell and stains every time you had to go?

  4. sandra says:

    where can i purchase this cat genie self cleaing litter box in South Africa?

    I have searched and found what I want, but now to lay my hands on one is another issue!

    Regards

    Sandra

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Sandra, yes, you can purchase the CatGenie from Amazon UK or US and they will ship it to you. The CatGenie works with 230VAC, 50Hz (8A Fused) so there is not problem for you to use it in South Africa. I suggest you to buy it from Amazon UK. Here I leave you a link about international shipping. Good luck!

  5. Dave says:

    No questions, but rather comments. I bought two units for my four cats. Aside from a bit of an issue with 3 out of the 4 cats using the Cat Genie which we finally resolved, everything works great! I’m currently using the manual cleaning mode, but will experiment with the cat activation this weekend and see how that goes. If there is any issue with two units running at the same time causing problems with my cats, then I’ll just run scheduled cleanings and stagger them. A great product and much cheaper than constantly buying litter for 4 cats. I stocked up in the beginning with a sale offer which has me supplied with 6 spare cartridges, then I purchased more litter and a maintenance cartridge. While it comes with a high initial expense, the overall cheaper operation and not dealing with cleaning litter boxes makes it totally worth it!

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hi Dave! I am happy your experience with the CatGenie has been good. Please let me know how the “cat activation mode” worked. Have a great weekend!

  6. gary . s says:

    Hi .
    I am interested in this catgenie system and accessories , as well as extra supplies . Are they available in south Australia , Australia . As i am aware that they can be brought on line at amazon .
    Many thanx .
    Gary

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Gary, I am not sure if they ship to Australia. You may want to contact the directly and ask, I am sure they will find a solution for you.

  7. Gayle Miller says:

    I have three adult cats, do you think it’s possible for me to use one genie box? I don’t mind the supplies since I spend $40.00 a month on cat litter. I just don’t know if I want to invest $500.00 for flushing cat litter boxes.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      If using the CatGenie for 3 cats you need to consider if your cats will be willing to use a unit with feces or urine from the other cat because inevitable at some point one of them will want to go within 10 minutes after the other cat is done with its business. That’s one thing. The other factor is the electricity bill and noise from the spinning cycle several times a day. The other option is setting the unit to spin every certain hours, the minimum is 6 hours which means the machine will have waste up to 6 hours waiting for the automatic flush. That’s why I recomend CatGenie for 2 cats as maximum.

  8. Shawn says:

    I am going to try this with 4 cats. Also look into cartridge genius ot allows you the abitlity to use a cartidge over and over. So i am just going to hook up a bottle of simple green and see what happens. But i might end up gettinf another one. If it goes well

    • Sophie says:

      Hi Shawn, Did you get a CatGenie unit in the end and manage to reuse a cartridge with Simple Green? 🙂

  9. Misty says:

    this was a wonderful purchase i had three cats using one system the only issue i ran into 7 years ago was they were long haired cats they caused a lot of clogging i don`t know if the newer modules have been improved but i am looking to get another one may be two for since i have collected a few more cats lol

  10. Daniela says:

    We have two cats and are seriously considering getting a Cat Genie. I noticed that under Cons, it says “Biodegradable litter does not cover up the cat feces and urine odor”. Does that mean the litter box smell will still be there despite the pellets being washed?
    Hope to hear from you, thanks!

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hi Daniela, that means this pellet is not the type that cover up the smell of cat waste as other litters in the market. Because of this, the smell is a little stronger when the feces are sitting on the box waiting for the machine to wash the pellets. Obviously this smell is gone once the machine washes the pellets. Thanks for your question.

  11. Holli says:

    More of my personal take than anything else, I highly suggest the cat genie for cats with specific respiratory needs, as it’s completely dust free; something virtually no other litter system can boast. It’s very good for immune compromised cats and owners, and pregnant women, or virtually anyone else who can’t clean litter boxes. A few bothersome details, the cat genie is prone to very smelly malfunctions if not kept clean or maintained properly, and the small rubber ball in the hopper isn’t sold as a replacement part. If you lose it, you have to replace it with a similar rubber ball bought separately. Cat genie customer service is superb, and will assist you with everything from programming the unit, to cleaning or repairs. We recently returned the computer unit of our cat genie due to a malfunction, and was given a brand-new one free of charge. The unit is heavy, and can be cumbersome to clean if it needs to be manually disassembled, but I absolutely adore it.

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