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Posted: 1/26/2009 4:20:02 PM EDT
My wife has been wanting to get a CatGenie flushable litter box.  I've looked at the web site but was wondering if anyone had any personal experience with one.  Are they any good and are they worth the money.
Link Posted: 1/26/2009 4:27:09 PM EDT
Don't buy any of the LitterMaid cat boxes they suck. I have been curious about the CatGenie as well.
Link Posted: 1/26/2009 4:28:27 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/26/2009 4:39:48 PM EDT
for $255 i think i would rather clean it myself.
Link Posted: 1/26/2009 4:42:18 PM EDT

Cat Genie takes the small unpleasantness of daily cleaning the litter and it saves it up and releases that unpleasantness as one big unscheduled, unpleasant inconvenience every week or two. Advanced monitors will ensure that the device failure will occur during the workday, as you prepare for your important meeting with your prospective client. Nothing like cleaning out wet cat poo in your nicest suit. Or, you may be pleasantly awoken in the middle of the night by the repeating three beeps of "there's poo and hair in the hopper." You will become more familiar with your cat's feces every day as the cat genie gently fills your home with the aroma of baking excrement. Plus, you get to pay over $300 for technology that was "designed" and built for less than $2. The "processor" unit was designed in 1967 and allows all the functionality of the most advanced microchip devices of its era. It has both on and off modes. (Note: off mode available only while unplugged.)

Actually, the real reason for the high cost of the device is to cover the costs of all the customer support that they must provide and to cover the costs of all of the returned units. The question is not IF, but WHEN you will find yourself hunched over your cat's feces floating in a pool of fetid water, picking small plastic pellets out of the opaque, pungent water with your fingers so that you can get the device put back together.

And your cats will thank you by depositing their love bundles beside the machine that's half filled with water and beeping away forlornly if you happen to be away when it fails.

We have three cats, they had no trouble adjusting to the machine over about a week. The small plastic pellets getting everywhere in the house is not really any big deal. Roomba takes care of most of them well. We've now had the machine for three months. We received a replacement base last week for a leaky drain hose. We've called their customer service line enough times that we now know the "secret" diagnostic techniques of their experts. We don't know if we're going to keep it or return it. If we keep it, we're definitely going to install an exhaust fan in the laundry room, and set it to a timer to go when the unit is on. For some reason there are little bits of poo that fall between the tines of the hopper, and they get slow baked every time the unit dries itself. The stench is really outstanding. It's hard to describe. I'm a doctor, and I've rarely ever smelled anything so bad.

My recommendation is to wait for the next generation cat sanitation solution. That device will need to be a complete redesign to solve the myriad of problems with this unfortunate device. To say something positive, the customer support line is manned by kind, well-meaning kids who really do feel badly that you're having a hard time with your mechanical poo soup maker.

If you do buy this device, get some thick rubber gloves and a couple of towels that you won't use for anything else.
Link Posted: 1/26/2009 4:42:52 PM EDT
Large litter box so she doesn't miss, fresh step so you don't puke, ziploc sandwich bags, and the biggest scoop you can find.
Link Posted: 1/26/2009 4:49:45 PM EDT
Rubbermaid tote, two heavy duty trash bags, bungee cord, change every three days.
Cut out all but about three inches on lid. This helps keep litter in pan.
Line with trash bags.
Take lid off, remove bungee, take out top bag, replace, refill, done.
Link Posted: 1/26/2009 4:54:39 PM EDT
what's the bungee cord for? ^
Link Posted: 1/26/2009 4:56:04 PM EDT
I use a 8 dollar storage tote from Walmart.  It's 6"x23"x15", fill it with scoopable litter about 2.5" deep.  Scoop once a day, and so far no horrible odors.  Kitty seems to really like the bigger than normal shit box.
Link Posted: 1/26/2009 4:58:20 PM EDT
woof woof where's my snack box ?
Link Posted: 1/26/2009 4:59:19 PM EDT
what's the bungee cord for? ^

You secure each end of the bungie to your deck posts, after threading it through a large funnel, and put a cat treat in the funnel.  Pull the funnel back to tension the bungie, and set some trigger device.  Problem solved.

Link Posted: 1/26/2009 5:00:07 PM EDT
I just pee in the sink, less mess.
Link Posted: 1/26/2009 5:00:55 PM EDT
I use this Booda Litter Box and it is the best cat litter box I have ever got for my cat.
Link Posted: 1/26/2009 5:07:30 PM EDT
I prefer to shoot cats OUTdoors, less mess, and no stink inside that way.
Kitty litter is carried as a winter traction aid.
Link Posted: 1/26/2009 6:22:28 PM EDT
Bungee cord around the outside to hold bags in place, stops cat from dragging bag into litter box.
Both my cats scratch like they are digging to China, if I didn't put on the bungee the bag would be balled up in the pan.
Link Posted: 1/26/2009 6:28:54 PM EDT
woof woof where's my snack box ?

Link Posted: 1/26/2009 7:32:30 PM EDT

You will become more familiar with your cat's feces every day as the cat genie gently fills your home with the aroma of baking excrement.

/snip. I'm a doctor, and I've rarely ever smelled anything so bad.


Slapped my forehead hard a couple times laughing so damned hard.

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