9/27/15

CatGenie 120 Self-Flushing Litterbox Review!

Hey guys!  We recently just made one of the BEST purchases of life, and I had to come on here and share it with you guys.  If you have cats then you definitely need to read this, as it is completely life-changing!   The item I am referring to is the CatGenie 120 Self-Flushing Litterbox.


This thing is pretty heavy and the packaging is pretty substantial.  Very nicely done.


This is everything out of the box.  You get a detailed instruction booklet on how to do every thing you need to.  There are 5 basic steps you have to do, start to finish, to get it up and running.


Step 1 is just unpacking and checking to make sure you got everything.


Step 2 is basic assembly of the unit.  This took less than 2 minutes, you literally sit the motor on top of the bowl and attach the GenieArm (scoop-thingy).


You will do either Step 3 OR Step 4, it just depends on where you want the litterbox to go.  I chose to put the CatGenie in my laundry room, so I did Step 3.


Step 4 is if you choose to install it in the bathroom.


Step 5 consists of pouring the granules (their version of litter) into the bowl, popping in the sani-solution cartridge, plugging it in and running the first cleaning cycle.


Installation is basically complete at Step 5, in Step 6 it just shows you how to encourage your kitties to use the new box and recommendations for the various settings it has.


You get a lot of other useful information with the box.



As I said above, there are several different settings for the CatGenie.  One box can do up to 4 cats, which is what we currently have.  You can set the box to sleep at night or run 24 hours a day, and you can customize it to clean at a set schedule or by cat activation.  If you set the cleaning setting to cat activation you get 240 washes out of the sani-solution cleaning cartridge.  If you put the box on manual or a timed setting, you only get 120 washes out of it.  For reference, mine is set on #4 + CAT activation and it works perfectly for my 4 cats.  To put it simply, on this setting the CatGenie will do a cleaning cycle 30 minutes after one of my cats uses it and it only cleans if a cat actually uses it (it has sensors to detect a kitty).  On this setting it does not just automatically clean on a timed schedule, it only cleans if a kitty has been in it.


The hardest part about the installation was obviously hooking everything up in my laundry room.  This would probably take someone who was fairly familiar with pipes and laundry room hookups about 10 minutes to do, but where I am not it took me closer to 30 minutes.  The longest part for me was just getting the washer pipes unscrewed, I am horrible with a wrench.  (I think the Incredible Hulk screwed these on last).  But anyways, here is what it looks like once everything is hooked up.  I will try to show you in a series of pics what everything is.


So, as you will find in every house in the laundry room, you have power outlets for your washer (basic 110 outlet) and dryer (220 outlet), a hot water spout and a cold water spout, and a drain tube your washer empties out of.


As you can see, I plugged the CatGenie in the regular 110 outlet above my washer.  You get a T-Adaptor with your CatGenie that you attach to your COLD water spout (I called it a 'dohickey' in the above photo).  You just turn the water off to that spout by twisting the knob, unscrew the washer hose, screw in the T-Adaptor, and instead of having one nozzle you now have two (one for your washer, one for the CatGenie).

(the dohickeys that come with the CatGenie.  I used the top one).


So, once the T-Adaptor is screwed on you can see the two hoses attached.


The CatGenie comes with the water hose and drainpipe already attached to it, and with the drainpipe you just slide it in the drain hole alongside your washer's drainpipe.


Make sure everything is connected securely so you don't have any leaks and you are done!

(The CatGenie in the middle of a wash cycle)

Some things to keep in mind:
-It takes about 17 minutes for the CatGenie to complete a wash cycle.  The GenieArm (scoop thingy) does 3 scoops, then there are 3 wash cycles, and lastly there is a drying session where the granules and the scoop and bowl are all completely dried and ready for the next use.  
-The way that it works is it uses the water to break up the cat waste, so that no solid waste is emptied through the drainpipe, it is all a liquid waste that has been completely broken down.
-You NEVER replace the granules, they are washed and dried and there is never a need to replace them.  But, you do lose some during the cleaning process and with cats kicking them out of the box, tracking them out on their feet, etc.  So, over time you have to add a little here and there.  There is a line on the bowl that you use as an indicator to see where the fill line is.  They stress not overfilling the bowl!
-You have to clean the CatGenie's Water Sensor Guide every 4 months, but the box alerts you when it's time to do it.  You can do this manually or automatically and it only takes seconds.


Here is a super short clip of it working...



We did order the dome to go on top of the bowl to both give our cats some privacy and in an effort to keep from losing any granules.  It shipped separately from the CatGenie and it will not arrive until tomorrow, but hopefully we will like it.  Here is a list of everything you are going to have to buy, including the CatGenie itself and everything you'll have to have to keep it going, in case you are interested in owning one yourself.



I hope I explained everything enough!  If you have any questions just let me know!  Litterboxes have to be one of the grossest things in this world, and this product has made all of that go away!  My kitties always have a clean box now, and I don't ever have to fool with cleaning it.  Whoever made this is a GENIUS.  Anyways, thanks for stopping by and have a great Sunday!!!
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