This is Zena, our precocious Maine Coon kitten. She joined our family shortly before Christmas from a rescue called DivaPets. Zena is adorable and hilarious, often getting herself into craziness around the house. She’s been quite a joy to have so far.
As most of you know I have lupus as well as other conditions that make my immune system a bad match up for any kind of illness. The common cold can knock me out for weeks, sometimes up to a month. I have to be extra cautious in everything I do when it comes to sickness. I also have good days and bad days. On good days I operate at anywhere between 50-100% of my normal self. On bad days…a lot less than that. As a result, the litter box was something that I just wasn’t a big fan of having to deal with. No one wants to deal with a littler box anyhow but with the few illness you can catch from litter handling (which is why pregnant women who are immune compromised are discouraged from handling it) and the work that goes along with it I wasn’t sure I was up to the task. I really wanted a furbaby to add to our family. Since my boyfriend is gone a lot of the time and I deal with so much stress as well as having to care for my almost two year old on a daily basis with all of these issues, having a companion to cuddle up with at night time and to keep me company when I was feeling upset and lonely felt like a good idea and my boyfriend agreed.
So I did some research. Enter CatGenie. A WASHABLE litterbox. Yeah you read that right. It’s a thing. It’s a litterbox that automatically washes it’s self. Now let me tell you. I looked at the litter maid systems and such. The stuff that goes along with them is expensive and while they have come a long way, they got nothin’ on this thing.
“HAAAAYYY, This thing is super fancy.”
So how does it work? Well first of all you can hook it up to either a toliet, utility sink, or laundry exit/water system in your home. Our system we chose a toliet. The water that cleans the system shares the same water that fills the tank of our toliet. Then there is a waste hose (which is the tan hose you see in the right side of the picture next to the toliet) that goes under the lip of the toliet lid. Once your kitty does their business the Cat Genie grinds everything up with a special solution turning it to a liquid and pushes it down your toliet. Fresh water is used with the solution to clean and rinse your washable granules, then the system gives it all a nice blow dry with warm air. It smells like rose hips btw and makes our bathroom smell super awesome. You can chose different settings on how the system cleans, you can either push the button yourself, have it automatically clean a certain amount of times a day, as well as some other options. Or my personal favorite.
You can set it to “Cat mode”
“C-c-c-cat mode??! It’s not gonna hurt me is it…?”
No Zena, I promise lol the litter box will not hurt you! Cat mode activation means that once your cat does what they do in litter boxes…it will activate at a set time. Which can be set to your preference, between 10 and 30 minutes after the sensors are triggered. Once the time interval has passed the arm comes down and does it’s thing dropping everything into the “hopper” abyss. I never have to deal with dirty litter or mess of any kind. Any liquids fall through holes in the bowl and are dealt with in a similar manner as solids. Now I’m sure you’re thinking that this is all too good to be true and probably insanely too much for a cat. Trust me it’s totally worth it. I wouldn’t trade this thing for the world. Zena loves it and Zane, Alex and I couldn’t be happier with it. The answer is clear to me honestly and without a doubt. If you’ve got a cat you need this in your life. I don’t ever have to scoop or deal with any of the dust from regular litter and it’s so much nicer. The only regret I have so far is not getting a litter mat for it which I’ll be fixing fairly quickly.
In my experience so far we did have an issue with the CatGenie. I spoke with customer support because our unit was beeping at random for seemingly no reason. After Zane and I tore it apart to make sure it was clean and clear of clogs and that the error light was not to be taken seriously I finally gave them a ring. They told me that the only possible cause was a very rare error. Me, experience a rare error? Who could have seen this coming?! >.< The customer service department was expert and extremely friendly, they asked me questions and had me do some diagnosis on it. She also gave me some advice about adjusting Zena to a new household which was extremely nice of her! She told me to call back if the beeping continued and asked me to keep tabs on which lights came on. I did just that and unfortunately they did continue. When I called back I got to talk to the exact same representative, she took care of everything and sent me out a new processing unit, it was here in days, it seems to be functioning just fine, no beeps to speak of. It came programmed already in cat activation mode even! All I had to do was confirm it! I am so impressed with this company. We got our unit on a deep sale at Christmas time for 180.00. I would say it was WELL worth what we put into it, given that the litter is washable, and you don’t have to replace the granules all the time, the sani-solution lasts 3-4 months, and it keeps us from having to deal with the sanitary issues of a regular litter box? I’m a big fan.
Each one can accommodate up to 3 cats or so I am told and I would recommend it to any cat owner. Zena loves it and has no issues with the cleaning cycle now that she’s used to it. That took about three to four days for her to be completely aloof to the whole thing. Now she could care less about it, some days she finds it interesting but other than that it’s just a thing that happens during the day.
There’s where you can pick up the one we bought. We got ours on Amazon but it turns out that does not automatically activate your coverage on the system, and doesn’t give you rewards, nor does it cover shipping, but if you want to get it on Amazon here’s the link for that.
Until next time, hug your furbabies! Also buy a CatGenie, and no I’m not being paid or given anything, I just love this product that much, honestly!