Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Litter Genie review #chewyinfluencer #meow



This month's offering from the Chewy.com influencer program, where I am offered products for free for an honest review, included a Litter Genie. I heard about these when they first came out and thought they sounded interesting, but with multiple cats, I figured this product would be useless for us.  And then Muffin got her very own bathroom..


This seemed like a perfect opportunity. I scoop her box every other day. I know I should scoop it daily, but I want to encourage her to walk down the stairs because it is good exercise. I often forget and remember to scoop it when it is late and I don't want to walk out to the garage to throw it away, so it sits in the bathroom trash until one of us takes care of it. Sometimes the smell overwhelms the room because we don't take it out in time.

The product comes with everything you need, a package of the liner, a scoop and a scoop holder, which I really appreciated as my current location for the scoop for this litter box was the side of the tub and I had a small little pile of litter forming there.


You put the liner container in the top, pull out the start of it, tie a knot in it and then feed it through the spring held panel that seals the liner to prevent odors from escaping.


The top comes down to protect the liner container, and channel the waste into the bag. It creates a small opening to scoop into, then you pull the panel out and the waste drops into the rest of the bag. The springs pop the panel back into place containing the smell.  The only downside I found, besides needing to continually buy the refills of the liner, is that the opening is a bit small. Muffin is a 13 lb cat and her urine balls are not dainty. A few times they were fresh and as a result, the top piece became a bit dirty


When you believe the bag is full, you pull a bit more of the liner out, cut it with the cutting device that is part of the Litter Genie, and tie it off. You then tie a knot in the bottom of the liner to become the bottom of the next collection bag.


I will admit I was quite ignorant as to how it worked. I assumed that the device sealed the bag after each time you used it and I'd end up with a whole row of sealed deposits in a long line. As a result of not really understanding (I should have, I mean the concept is pretty simple - I was trying to make it far more complicated than it was) I didn't pull enough of the liner down into the collection bin the first time. The refills are not cheap, but they do work well and the smell was well contained.

The product is designed to hold about two weeks of used litter from one cat, depending on the size of the cat. The liners, which are five layers with built-in odor barrier technology to protect against odors and germs, are suggested to last two months for one cat. This product does work well for one cat, and possibly two if you don't mind emptying it twice as often. I saw videos that 'hack' the diaper genie (which works very similarly) that used regular trash bags, and I'm sure you could use something similar if you wanted to, but you will miss out on the technology build into the refills and it might not contain the odor as well.


I intend to keep using this while Muffin continues to have her own private bathroom. If we ever dismantle it I doubt that this will continue to be used because as a multi-cat household it would fill up too quickly.

I would also like to send out a huge congratulation to Sydney from the Chewy Influencer Program. She was promoted out of the influencer program and I'm sure she will do wonders in her new job as Marketing Promotions Manager. Natalie will be taking over the program and I look forward to working with her.

18 comments:

  1. My human has always wanted a Litter Genie, but with three cats, we might be a little much for it.

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  2. We have a litter disposal unit at our house which is not the Genie and I love it. It was recommended by our daughter who happens to be a vet. We have 3 cats and the bag fills up quickly but it lasts about six weeks and is not as expensive as the Genie. I wouldn't trade ours!

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  3. We wonder if this would work for us...or at least Zoey since she has her own private room. Thanks for the review!

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  4. Good review! Very balanced--thank you. :) We are a two-cat household and the Litter Genie works pretty well, but we agree with you about the size of the opening.

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  5. we like the concept, but like you with multiple cats it just doesn't seem efficient.

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  6. That was a really helpful review. The Litter Genie sounds like a good solution for single cat households.

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  7. I have only 2 cats and use clay litter - I scoop several times a day and poops go down the toilet - the entire litter box gets dumped once a week, cleaned and filled with fresh litter - everyone has different systems that work for them - I've tried clumping litter and none of us liked it.

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  8. Hmmm I wonder how it might be with 2 cats. Seems like a pretty decent idea.

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  9. That was a great review. Our dirty litter goes into the covered bathroom trash can lined with plastic grocery bags (which are hard to get in California!). It can get a little stinky when the lid is open for the next deposit, but we don't have room for a regular trash can and a litter trash container. When we run out of plastic grocery bags I might have to look into using something like the litter genie refil bags to dispose of waste (without the entire contraption).

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  10. Hmmm...thanks for this review! I admit to being intrigued by this product for our two-cat household.

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  11. We've used the litter genie for a few years now and have three of them. I think they're great! I've learned that you can shake it and it makes a little more room when you think it's full.

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  12. We got one too and love it, but I do only have it for one of the litter boxes, if I tried to put all our scoopings in it would fill in a day.

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  13. This is a great review, thanks for the level of detail. We use another litter disposal system that has pretty much vanished from the market, and we were considering a switch to the Litter Genie since the refills are readily available from Chewy. It is reassuring to hear that it contains odor well, since that was what made the head peep hesitate about switching.

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  14. This sounds like an interesting product. My vet has something like this, too, I think. I should look into ...
    Hope you and yours have great New Year!

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  15. Have a wonderful New Year!

    Noodle and crew

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  16. We've wondered about the Litter Genie and figured it might not be very cost effective or big enough for use in multi cat households. It still sounds intriguing, though.

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  17. I've heard about this in the past, and wondered what it was about. Thanks for the lucid explanation. It sounds that it would become expensive for a multi-cat household. I use old plastic bags people give me and that I get from shops that still give them for free. Also, I can flush the litter we use.

    For the scoop, I put it in an old plastic bread-bag; that contains the dust and other particles.

    On an unrelated note, happy new year! I hope this one is your best yet - or at least very good!

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  18. We have had one for a few years near the main box, and I really like it. Now that Sadie has a box in our bedroom, I'd like to get a second one.

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