Pros: Convenience, easy to use, reliable
Cons: Price and accessibility
I arrived home after a long day at work to an awful smell that isn’t there usually, it came from my automatic cat box which uses claws to drag their “business” to a separate container for a somewhat easy removal but that day, it broke! No idea what my twenty-five pounds cat ate that day but his “business” overworked the motor and it died. After some research, I found this Cat Genie box that was better than what I was using.
How it works
The Cat Genie uses some granule which are little plastic pieces that imitate cat litter but are washable and a SaniSolution (scented or unscented) in its process to clean the cat box. It starts by collecting the “business” and drops it in the back where it is dissolved and sent through the drain. It is followed by water filling the box to wash the granules ending with a drying cycle. The entire procedure takes about half an hour.
The Cat Genie has multiple setting you can use depending on your preferences. Since I have multiple cats, I like to use the automatic setting which uses a sensor inside the box to tell when the cat is done and starts itself a few minutes later which in turn utilizes only half of the normal amount of SaniSolution. The second setting lets you decide to run it between one through four times a day (equal intervals between cycles) allowing you to make sure it is clean when you need it. You can also leave it on manual which means it will not run until you start it yourself.
Size and set-up
The Cat Genie is fairly big, about the size of a toilet except lower to the ground, and requires a location to drain which in turn limits the area that you can set it up to a bathroom or a laundry room. In order to successfully install the Cat Genie you must have power, a water source, and a drain which can be a toilet or the washer drain pipe. It ought to take around 15 minutes to hook up if you follow the instructions.
The Cat Genie comes with a basic setup but there is the option to acquire different packages based on your needs. They offer a few accessories to accommodate you for instance the Genie sidewalls, the Genie Dome, the GenieDoor which are required to be added in order since they build onto each other. The Genie Paws-grey (a mat) is also available to help keep down on tracking of the granules. Without the mat you end up with granules all over your place.
The Cat Genie does not come cheap at all; it is more an investment into making life with your cats easier. It is available online only, for a price of around $225 for the basic model (does not include accessories) with supplies for a couple of months depending on how many critters you have. For me it lasted about two to three months per SaniSolution and the granules. I believe it is a small price to pay for not having to change a cat box in almost 3 years.