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.