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Cat waste stinks!
You know it. I know it. Heck, even your cat knows it is true.
But, it is what it is!
It’s our job as cat owners to ‘take one for the team‘; to clean the waste and dump them in a litter management system, like the Genie, where the horrible smell cannot assault our noses.
But, how can you tell which is right for you between the Litter Genie and the Litter Genie plus?
What can cat owners expect when using any of these waste disposal systems? And, how can it help you get rid of the litter box stench in your house?
These are all questions we’d love to answer in this guide.
Let’s begin by identifying what a cat owner, like yourself, needs to look out for in a good, quality litter disposal system. What makes any of the Genie Litter Disposal System worth considering?
Features of the best litter waste disposal system.
Helps maintain proper sanitation.
When maintaining a cat litter box, our primary health concern is the bacterium Toxoplasmosis. Even though all cats have toxoplasmosis, it is not harmful to them.
However, humans need to be wary of the bacteria since it can be transmitted to humans through contact with feces. While the bacterium is harmless to a healthy human being, young children and pregnant women are vulnerable due to their weakened immune system.
A good litter waste disposal system helps limit contact with the feces and as such, reduces the risk of falling ill from the bacteria.
Convenient and time-saving.
Maintaining a cat litter box isn’t fun! We don’t enjoy doing it, but we have no choice.
And, that’s where a litter disposal system comes in.
The main purpose of a cat litter disposal system is to increase convenience and reduce the time it takes to clean a cat litter box.
Instead of scooping litter waste in shopping bags, tie them, and dump the package outside in the trash. A waste disposal system gets rid of all those steps, except for scooping and dumping in the system, which can be placed right next to the litter box.
When it is filled, you open the system to expose the garbage bag, tie a knot at the top, then take one trip to the trash can.
You don’t want to spend most of your life maintaining a litter box, do you?
Low maintenance cost.
When looking at cat waste disposal systems, do not just consider the initial cost of setting up the unit. Here’s what I mean:
- The cost of a waste disposal system is not just the cash payment you make on replacement bags and the bin.
- A system that needs to be taken out every day or week will, in the long run, cost you your time.
- One that leaks horrible smell will cost you your peace of mind or compromise your health.
- A waste disposal system with fragile bags, bags that are difficult to unroll, or bags that burst on the way to the trash can will frustrate the hell out of you.
So don’t use the price tag as the only determining factor of how much the system costs.
Air-tight odor control.
No one wants to spend time in a house that’s filled with litter box smell – even if they do, they won’t stay long!
This is the reason cat owners purchase a waste disposal system; to get rid of the litter box stench.
When looking at litter box waste management systems, always ensure the lid is air-tight. And, that there’s a mechanism that prevents the odor from assaulting you as soon as you open the system to dump waste.
Sleek and compact design.
We all have design preferences.
However, when choosing a waste disposal system, it’s a great idea to get one that’s sleek and compact.
The system should be designed such that it takes up small space in the bathroom, under the stairs or basement, or sit in a corner close to the litter box without obstructing anyone.
Always choose a litter disposal system that comes with a scoop or scoop holder.
While you can go ahead and purchase a system without a scoop – after all, there are better non-stick stainless scoops available – for best results, get a system with a scoop holder. This way, you can place the waste disposal system, the scoop, and the litter box close to each other.
This alone will make maintaining the litter box easy, and you won’t feel lazy to get it done.
Ease of getting layer bags.
Do not let the excitement of finding a waste disposal system that you admire, distract you from the availability of layer bags.
Another thing to consider is how easy it is to install the bag cartridge.
The last thing you want is a bag that takes so much effort to install. Or one that’s unavailable when you need them the most.
The bags should be available online and in the local stores nearby.
Now, this is a very important point.
Before purchasing a litter waste disposal system, look at the number of cats you have and guesstimate how long it’ll take the bag to fill up.
It’s better to underestimate the capacity of the bag than to overestimate them and be disappointed.
If you have multiple cats or your cat produces much waste, you should opt for a big system. This way you don’t have to make a dash for the trash every week.
Avoid the “I’ll just get a small one, then upgrade later” train. Once that train moves with you on it, it’s difficult to get off.
Now you know what to look for, how does the Genie litter disposal system work, and how does it fit our criteria?
How does the Genie cat litter disposal system work?
At first glance, the Litter Genie and Litter Genie Plus aren’t really impressive.
Looking at them from the outside, they both look like glorified trash cans. But, a lot happens inside the box. There’s a cartridge at the top section of the litter disposal system that releases a continuous transparent, waterproof waste bag.
There’s a spring-loaded slider that separates the top from the bottom section.
To set up both Genie litter disposal systems, you simply feed the bag (carefully) past the loader, then tie off the bottom. This prevents the dumped waste from falling into the bin.
When you dump waste into the top of the bin, you have to pull out the handle in the front of the pail and the waste will drop into the bin. The handle then returns to its previous position effectively sealing the top section from the bottom.
Eventually, the bag will fill up, and when that happens you just fold the top section of the pail to reveal the bag. The waste disposal system has a razor for cutting the bag when it’s full. You can then tie the top of the bag and drop it into the trash.
Once you get the hang of it, you’ll wish you had it earlier.
The explanation in the previous section isn’t enough to make you a pro-user of the Genie litter disposal system.
It’ll take a couple of minutes to figure it out, and, maybe, 3 attempts for everything to make sense.
However, once you do, you’ll wish you had it earlier. Especially, if you’ve been struggling with horrible litter box odors stinking up the house.
What makes the Genie litter disposal system work so well?
Unlike using a dedicated trash can to store litter waste, which lets out a gust of stench each time you open it, the Genie litter disposal system separates the bin into two sections.
One section (the bottom) is where the waste sits, and the smell is locked from escaping. The top section is where you dump litter waste, open the divider, and let it fall to the bottom.
Yes, you will perceive a bit of waste litter smell, but after the divider closes it’s all locked away. Since the Genie waste disposal is relatively cheap and the replacement bags are affordable, you can place one close to each litter box – that’s if you have more than one litter box.
Now, here’s your Litter Genie review.
Litter Genie Plus Pail review.
The Litter Genie Plus pail is a little convenient box that you can dump the treasures you found in your cat’s litter box – and not a single pirate will know what you hid there.
The plastic is sturdy. The cover locks tight. And, the bags are strong enough to hold a couple of days or weeks of litter waste.
It is the presence of antimicrobial protection on the inside of the pail. This prevents bacteria from growing on the inside of the pail. And, the fact that it is smaller than the Litter Genie XL Pail, but the same size as the Litter Genie Standard Pail.
Other than that, the pail is just okay (not great) for what you need it to do.
Since the top and bottom cover locks tight to prevent odors from oozing out, you’ll need two hands to pry them open.
You can either attempt to do this when you’ve got scooped litter in one hand – and fail miserably. Or, you can partially pry the cover open with both hands, then proceed to dump the litter in.
Litter Genie review.
The Litter Genie Standard Pail is one of the most reliable litter disposal systems any cat owner can get.
It helps keep things neat and locks in odor like a hidden safe.
It has a plastic airtight cover that seals any smell in the top section from escaping into the open. The bags can hold a lot of litter before they need to be emptied, so you no longer have to use shopping bags. And, if we’re being honest, this litter disposal system is the perfect size for holding one cat’s litter waste.
If we’re to rank the Genie disposal system products, this one would come 3rd out of three products.
Not because of size (yes, it is small), but because of one feature that is missing – antimicrobial protection. Without this antimicrobial property, you will notice bacteria growing inside the container after some time.
However, there are two remedies for this.
You can either wash and dry the pail every time you take out the waste bag. Or you can spray some Lysol on the inside and cover, then let it dry.
My only gripe is the size of the inlet hole at the top, it is small. Would be great if you could just dump your waste without trying so hard not to hit the sides.
Litter Genie Refill Pack.
The Litter Genie Refill pack makes the job of maintaining your cat litter box much easier.
It slots comfortably into the Litter Genie Standard pail or Litter Genie Plus pail and is a tough one.
However, these bags are damn expensive. And, if you have many cats, they fill up really quick – which is why I recommend getting the Litter Genie XL Pail if you have more than one cat.
The bag in the refill is sturdy (hey, that’s not a permission to rough-handle it). Several days or weeks of litter gets heavy and they hold up well. But, I don’t recommend filling them to 100% of their capacity to prevent accidents – 70 or 80% is okay.
When it’s time to take out the bag filled with looted treasure, you just have to cut the bag then tie the top to prevent the waste from falling out.
Do you also see the two problems with this setup?
One, you’re wasting the refill bag when you cut it. Since you’ll have to give it a little bit of room for tying – and, these refills are expensive!
Two, you risk spilling the contents of the bag when you go to tie it or if you don’t make the knot strong.
Well, we have two problems of which I found two solid solutions.
Get a bag of 4-inch zip ties (this one contains approx. 1000 pieces). Use the zip ties to close the bottom of the bag instead of tying – you can use two if you want. This should close it tight and prevent accidents.
When the bag is filled and you want to cut it. Twist the bag a bit, then use the zip lock to close the top – make it strong.
Move up 2 or 3 inches from the first zip lock before putting another zip lock around the bag. Now, you can cut the bag in the middle of the zip locks.
You’ve successfully closed the waste litter bag from spilling when you cut the bag. And, you’ve prepared the remaining bag for new waste.
You can give yourself a thumbs up – I’m serious.
If you want to save costs on the bags, you can keep one of two refill cartridges. Get 8-gallon trash bags and wrap them around the cartridge.
The first try will be difficult. But, I trust you to get the hang of in a couple of attempts.
BTW, I know I said “you no longer have to use shopping bags for dumping litter” – that’s true! However, to make things easier when transporting the filled waste bag to the trash can outside, place a shopping bag at the bottom of the waste disposal pail, then drag the waste bag into the shopping bag.
When you want to remove the litter waste-filled bag, you can simply use the handle of the bag.
Which one would I choose from the two?
However, I must warn you.
If you have more than one cat, save yourself the frustration and cussing, and just get the Litter Genie XL Pail. It’ll save your time (very important) and you’ll have less to worry about.
Even though the Litter Genie Waste Disposal System requires patience and a little learning curve, as long as you follow the tips and hacks in this review you’ll be fine.