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How Does Litter Genie Work?

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LITTER GENIE CAN MAKE YOUR HOUSE CLEANER AND LIFE EASIER

How Does Litter Genie Work?

Litter Genie contains odor completely and also saves time and inconvenience. Scooping the cat box is always a hassle. It has to be done every day and even multiple times per day if you don’t want cat box smell in your house. After you scoop the box you still have to deal with the contents! If you put it in the trash it can just stink up your house from there. You can put it in separate bags before you put it in the trash but then those bags have to be airtight in order to control smell. Even if you have a garbage can with a tight lid, every time you open the lid the smell comes out. The alternative is to take out the trash every time you scoop the box or rely on strong smelling air fresheners that are annoying and unhealthy. There is a better solution to all this! The Litter Genie keeps the contents of the litter box sealed off for up to two weeks of scooping before you have to take it to the trash. So, how does the Litter Genie Work?

The Litter Genie is a wonderful idea! It is a simple, affordable container which holds a large enough bag to last days or weeks depending on how may cats you have. You drop the contents from the cat scoop into the top portion of the Litter Genie. When you are done, you pull out the divider that allows the contents to fall into the bottom portion of the bag. When you put it back in place it forms a virtually airtight seal that keeps the smell in the lower portion of the bag. You don’t even see it until you replace the bag. The Litter Genie works! I could not smell anything when I used it! Now instead of the original Litter Genie you can get the Litter Genie Plus which has an antimicrobial built into the container.

My Honest Opinion, Does the Litter Genie Work?

Yes, Litter Genie works! I was surprised at how effective it is. It really does control the smell. It is also saves a lot of time. You don’t have to find a bag and make sure it is sealed or take your trash out everytime you scoop. It is also easier to get the waste into the Litter Genie than into a little bag. The top of the bag is fitted over the chute where you drop the waste.

Could the Litter Genie Be Better?

Yes. It is so lightweight, it moves around as you are using it. I wish it was made of a heavier material instead of plastic. I didn’t know to close the lid before opening the “hatch” so to speak to let the waste fall down. I wished I could do this with one hand since I still had the scoop in the other. Now I know to set the scoop in the attached tray, then use two hands to open the door/hatch. It does not feel like it will fall apart, it just isn’t a super high quality container. Overall it feels a little a little cheap but for the price it is still far superior to going without and just scooping into bags and dealing with stinky trash.

Would I Recommend Litter Genie?

Yes. If you have clay cat litter and need to scoop your cat box and deal with the waste, this is definitely the way to go. I would be interested to see if they come out with a heavier model but in the meantime the price of this device is great! I would recommend Litter Genie to anyone who uses clay cat litter.

What Alternatives are There to Litter Genie?

There is a similar product called Litter Champ. It is larger and holds more which is good for multi-cat households but many people say the Litter Genie is better at odor control. Also, the Litter Champ has a foot petal to open the top lid but you have to manually push the inner trap door down which can get messy. Also, the Litter Champ has no warning that you are getting low on liner bags. I personally recommend using a natural, flush-able cat litter such as Okocat brand pine litter so you don’t need a litter disposal system. With flushable litters  you just flush the solids down the toilet and don’t ever have to deal with cat waste in the trash on a daily basis. Once a week or two you empty the whole thing out and take it to the trash, but daily scooping goes in the toilet. If you use clay litter however, I do recommend trying one of these litter disposal systems.

What Does Litter Genie Come With?

Litter Genie comes with the canister, scoop, scoop holder and one cartridge. The cartridge contains the plastic bag material. When the bag is full, you use the built in cutter to cut it off and roll out the next length. Tie a knot in the end and you are ready to go. You can purchase the refill cartridges separately. They are affordable and contain 14 feet of bag material which should last up to 2 months.

Reviews of Litter Genie

Amazon has over 3,000 5 star reviews for Litter Genie. That is 70% of all reviews written for this product. The average review is 4.3 out of 5 stars. Most reviewers absolutely love the Litter Genie and would recommend it. The downsides mostly focus on the low quality of the material and reviewers wish it was a bit more sturdy. There are some complaints about the latching mechanisms as well and some wish the overall size was larger. I think the size is fine and makes it handy to fit in just about any space such as under a counter or bathroom sink. I also think for the price, the quality is acceptable.

Please leave your comments below. I would love to hear what you think of the Litter Genie!

Jessica

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8 Comments

  1. Melissa

    Hi Jessica, thanks for your post about the Litter Genie. I’ve never had a cat before and have agreed to mind one for a while but have been worried about the whole litter situation and our house smelling. I think for $19.95 I’m just going to get one so that I don’t have to think about it anymore. We are used to having dogs and have doggie doors – cats are a whole new thing for us! I’m looking forward to house sitting her and now I can stop worrying 🙂 Thank you

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hi Melissa,

      Yes, for the price I think it is totally worth it! The silver color vs. the black was even cheaper when I looked last. I think it was on sale but I am not sure now. I prefer the flushable litter and then storing the waste or taking it to the garbage every day is not an issue. If I have to use clay though (as I did when pet sitting last week) I will use this!

      I hope pet sitting goes well for you. It can take some time for cats to feel comfortable in a new home but it is so worth it when they do!

      Jessica

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  2. Tim

    This is really useful! And it is so amazing they have such products out there today. It truly helps to make the home more pleasant.

    I truly appreciate your detailed info about the Litter Genie. All that for such an affordable price! My concern is the same as yours, that the product is made of plastic. Is it light plastic? Is it easily breakable? That is, when I get it, will there be a chance that it may be cracked? Also, while using, will it break easily? Look forward to your kind reply. 🙂

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello Tim,

      No, it is not light plastic that would be in danger of breaking. I don’t think you have to worry about that. I just wish it was heavier so when you are using it, it would stay in place and not slide on the floor.

      I still recommend it and think it is a brilliant idea!

      Thanks,
      Jessica

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  3. hong

    My friends would appreciate this information. I will share it with them. They always complain about the litter box smell. I am glad I came to your website. Looks like I found a solution to their problem. I personally don’t have cats. I always want to have one. I might get one in the future. Now that I am much more educated about little box and the solution to this problem, I will be prepared for the future. This is a great review, very useful and informative. I learned a lot from your post. Thank you very much for sharing.

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello,
      I am very glad this information is useful to you. I think many people would find the Litter Genie is just what they need but didn’t know it existed! I hope you get a cat in the future! Thanks,
      Jessica

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  4. Jaime

    I love the Litter Genie. It makes me feel like a mom with a diaper pail. And it makes it easy and fast to scoop the cat box every day, but I don’t have to run downstairs and out to the trash all the time. The only problem we had with it is that we outgrew it when we got more cats. I hadn’t heard of the Litter Champ though. I might check that out as a larger option. I love your posts, as always. Thanks, Jessica.

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello Jaime,

      I used the Litter Genie when cat sitting for two cats. It worked fine for them but it would not work so well for our 4 cats! I am so glad I use the pine litter that is flushable and lightweight so I don’t have this problem. If I used clay litter again I would get one of these devices though. We just recently used clay litter for a few weeks after we got our 4th cat. She was used to clay so that is what we used for her at first. All the other cats thought it was something new and interesting so they all used that box as well! With 4 cats using the clay litter it just about drove us crazy! What a hassle! I understand why some people don’t want to have cats if they don’t know about options like flushable litter or the Litter Genie or Litter Champ.

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Jessica

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