In theory, at least, the CatGenie is a clever invention. The CatGenie uses infrared sensors to detect when a cat is in the box and when it leaves. A few minutes later the flushing process begins. Instead of litter, it uses washable granules, which it cleans with water and veterinarian-approved detergent. Once washed, the granules are dried so that they can be reused while the cat feces are liquefied -- visualizing this process isn't recommended -- and flushed out along with the water. The device needs to be attached to either your washing machine or toilet for purposes of water supply and disposal.
The truth is, toilet training your cat used to be the stuff of jokes and doubtlessly someone has devoted a Web page to pictures of cats trying to figure out how to use a flush handle. It would still be a joke if the CatGenie Self Washing Self Flushing Cat Box didn't come so flabbergastingly close to being a genuine flush toilet for cats. Yet user reviews indicate that the mechanical aspects of the system work properly for most people. Unfortunately, the wildcard in the process is the cat itself. If your cat's solid waste output isn't entirely solid, it can slip through the mechanical scoop that sifts through the granules. The result, according to some users, is that the CatGenie can develop an unpleasant burnt odor that permeates the house. And a few cats simply refuse to use it, maybe because of the aforementioned odor, maybe because they've noticed that their litter box sometimes goes into a spin cycle. (The infrared detector should, at least, prevent the CatGenie from going into action while your cat is within its detection range.)
If it works for you, the CatGenie is apparently a small miracle and a solid companion to automated cat feeders like the Pet-Mate Cat Mate C3000 or the Petnet SmartFeeder. If it doesn't work for you...make sure there's a money back guarantee.
Easy set up. Almost two weeks now and it eliminated the cat smell from one cat!
Best purchase ever I'd rather do once in a while maintenance on this then clean the box daily.
Everything about this is amazing except the litter tracking. Surprised they didn't go with a slightly larger and denser litter.
The unit is wonderful and it works perfectly. I have 3 cats and one is using the cat genie already. Can't wait until the other two to start using it.
I got a cat gene about three years ago and I loved it. A little hard to clean do to all of the nocks and cranny's but easier then an every day scooping with two cats.
No more litter dust, no more wet litter smell! I will say that although it says up to three cats, you really need two boxes.
It is easy to set up and relatively inexpensive to maintain. I would buy another if needed.
Runs great. The cycle's long, but we don't notice as it's in our basement out of earshot.