Litter Genie Review (& Target Deal) #CatParents #Pmedia #ad
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Pete and I made a deal, once upon a time. We decided that for every cat I got, he could get a dog. Since he was allergic to cats and I didn’t like dogs, it seemed like we would be at a standstill for the rest of our lives. And then, after a year of living together, Pete caved and said I should get a kitten. I can’t even explain how excited I was.
But see that word there? I was getting a kitten. And that meant Totes McGotes is my responsibility: I’m the one making sure he has enough food, I’m the one checking his water bowl to make sure he has something to drink, and I’m the one cleaning his litter box. That last part, trust me, it’s the least rewarding of the bunch.
If anyone has a cat, you know taking care of the litter box is not fun. You scoop, throw the excitements in a garbage bag … and dispose of it often because after a day or two, the smell of ammonia is just overwhelming. We live in a nice size apartment, but the smell still fills the entire apartment. So when I heard about Litter Genie and the concept that it could mask these smells, I was excited to try it out.
My mom was in town when I picked it up from Target. Why Target? Because they have a deal going on through April 11, while supplies last. When you buy any TWO (2) Fancy Feast® – 24 pack OR Litter Genie® Pail/Refill, you’ll get a free Cat Toy or Friskies party mix cat treat. (We actually posted that deal last week on Instagram here, in case that photo above looks familiar).
Before going to the store, I knew we would be picking up a box of food and the Litter Genie. Totes absolutely loves Fancy Feast food and anything with tuna in it. He inhales it. When we got to the store, we stopped by the food first.
I was excited to see the Fancy Feast Seafood Feast Variety pack (it’s the one all the way on the right). It was clearly marked in the store, so I knew it was on sale and I knew it was part of the deal. I love when stores are actually helpful and label things in such an obvious way. It takes all the guessing out of it and I can go to the register confidently (not worried and hoping that the deal will work).
We picked up the box of food, the Litter Genie, and a mouse-shaped laser pointer.
When we got home, Totes was so curious about what we brought home. He just kept staring at the items. We took out the laser pointer (our free toy) to play with him and he absolutely loved it. It was such a good choice. If you’re heading to Target, I would recommend that as your freebie … unless you want to get work done. Did you see my photo on Instagram of Totes hunting the red dot? He wants to play. All. Day. Long. It’s fine, really, because we just have such a good time playing. Plus, I work 14 hours a day, so it’s a nice break for me to take a little time out to play with Totes. I get a break and he gets exercise, so we both win.
But with the Litter Genie? Pete and I are the clear winners here.
So, let’s talk about it.
My mom had one before, so she helped me set it up. The pail comes with a refill pack and a scoop. (Follow along with the photos clockwise to correspond with the set up steps that follow:) You take out the refill pack and pull out the plastic (the longer the “bag” you create, the longer you can use it). Tie a knot at the bottom to create a bag. Put the refill back in the pail. Then, open the base and feed the bag through. Close the lid. So basically, you have created a garbage bag in the bottom of the pail that is closed off from the top. After your cat goes to the bathroom, you open the lid and deposit what’s in your scoop. You pull the black “drawer” (in the middle) and the “deposit” falls into the bag portion. The “drawer” slides back, keeping the smells and the deposit down below. When the bag is full, cut it, tie it, and start over.
I’ll be honest: I was really skeptical about this. Could it really work? Was it worth the effort? Did I really want to accumulate Totes’ “deposits” for weeks on end? I mean, after sitting in a trash can for two days the apartment smelled. Could we really go two weeks?
I’m actually shocked. We’ve been using the same bag for almost three weeks. It’s not filled yet … and the apartment doesn’t smell at all. You’d really have no idea that there’s a bunch of droppings just accumulating there. Plus, it’s so easy to just scoop, dump, and be done with it.
We have a really cheap (and honestly, pretty terrible) litter right now. It’s the first time we’re using a non-clumping litter, which doesn’t clump the cat urine. It just gets absorbed into the litter. I do have to change the litter in the actual box more often, which is a pain. I bring this up because it means that there’s no cat urine in the Litter Genie right now. It’s been almost three weeks and I haven’t had to change the bag yet, but I’m sure this would change drastically if we were using a clumping litter (and, as a result, the bag was being filled with urine as well).
What I really like, though, is that the Litter Genie hides all of our cat’s excrement. Before this, we were scooping and dumping it into a garbage that sat on the side of the toilet in our guest bathroom. So any time we had guests who used that bathroom (or we used it), you’d be doing your business next to a trash can filled with cat excrement. That’s kinda gross. Now, that trash can is used solely for empty toilet paper rolls and the Litter Genie is used for Totes’ litter.
This skeptic is converted.
The big complaint my mom had, though, was that the refills are pricey. At Target, the Litter Genie pail is $14.99 and a two-pack of refills is the same price. If you head to the Littler Genie website, you can print a coupon for $5 off the Litter Genie. I’m going to keep checking the site to see if there are coupons for the refills because I will definitely keep using this.
Totes … well, I would ask his opinion but he’s too busy stuffing his face into some Fancy Feast. So I’ll ask you: Have you tried this? What did you think?