There is a number of litter boxes out there, and many new automatic litter boxes that you can choose from. This includes two of the front runners: The Litter Robot and the Cat Genie. These are two of the best automatic options out there, both of which will clean the box and ensure that you don’t need to bend down and scoop all the time. The only question is which box will work for you and your cat.
Litter Robot Vs Cat Genie
Before we even get into the Litter Robot vs. the Cat Genie, you might be wondering which one you should actually buy. Which is better?
Well, the answer is really that it depends on your needs and on whether you think your cat will acclimate to an automatic litter machine. Many people do tend to like the Litter Robot though for simple ease of use, but if you’re looking to save a little space, you may prefer the Cat Genie. Then again, you’re actually using water for the Cat Genie, so this might be more work to maintain.
It really depends on what you’re looking for out of your automatic litter box, and what features you think will most benefit you. That’s why we’ll be going through exactly what you can expect out of each box right here.
The Litter Robot
The Litter Robot is well-known for a good reason. You might at least recognize the shape of the globe, which is where your cat or cats will jump into to do their business. After your pet is done, the globe will wait for seven minutes just in case your feline comes back.
If your cat doesn’t come back, the timer will expire and the globe will start sifting the litter. If your cat does come back, the timer will reset so that your cat can finish up their business safely.
This unit is known specifically for its unique design, being the globe shape. That globe is what helps to sift out used litter though without much litter getting outside the globe. All you’ll really need to do is replace the litter when you notice it starting to get low and reach to grab the liner in the waste bin.
Replace the plastic liner and you’ll be able to let the globe get to work again.
This automatic litter box works by sifting litter using the globe. This means that you can save a lot of litter thanks to the process, and that a lot of your litter will remain clean since it doesn’t need to sit with dirty litter for longer than seven minutes.
Speaking of litter, the Litter Robot is made to save you money just on supplies. This is because you’re able to use any type of litter with this unit. You only need to pour it inside to get the unit to work.
That being said, it will help you to have litter that clumps well, since this machine works by sifting the litter through a large globe. Clumping litter will make it easier for the machine to separate used from clean litter.
You get a great litter box when you choose the Litter Robot, but you also get an app to track everything with. Your app will let you track your data so you can see how often your feline is using the box.
Sure, this might not seem like the most exciting thing, but especially if you have an elderly cat or a feline that needs some monitoring due to health issues, it’s easy to take a look at the app. You can also share that information directly with your vet right from your phone.
Pros of the Litter Robot
- The wifi connection and app will let you manually start the cleaning process right from your phone
- It works well; meaning that there are rarely issues with the process
- It’s easy to use this machine with multiple cats
- It includes safety features, like the fact that the cleaning cycle will stop if your feline needs to jump into the globe
Cons of the Litter Robot
- You have a high initial price with this box; you’d better be using it for the long run
The Cat Genie
It’s no wonder that people love the Cat Genie when you think about how well it works. This automatic litter box works using the same sort of delay as the Litter Robot, but you’re able to set this delay to your preferences. If you have multiple cats then, you’re able to set the timer for as long as 30 minutes so that all of your cats can jump in and out as often as they want.
Beyond the timers, this box works by using a self-flushing and self-washing mechanism, so think of this box as something like a cat toilet. It works to wash away waste after your cat uses it, proceeds to clean the litter, and dries off everything so that it’s ready for your cat to hop in next. If you take a look at it, it really does look like a little toilet too!
You have the ability to choose between three different settings on your Cat Genie. Just push the “Cat Start” button to clean the litter box at a set 10 minutes after your cat has used the bathroom. You can also make use of the “Auto Start” that will only clean the litter box up to four times a day. This means that the waste will sit for longer, but especially if you have multiple felines, this might be a good way for them to all use the box without it getting too crowded.
Of course, you also have the ability to use the “Push Start” button, which will manually flush the litter box as soon as you flush it. It helps too that there’s a child lock on this machine that will prevent any small children from manually flushing it to watch it work.
You know that you can set the timer for cleaning to be up to 30 minutes in the Cat Genie, which means that you can let it sit to give your cats the time to get in and out without worrying. This timer makes this option great for multi-cat households, although it does also mean that the waste will sit for longer until the timer activates.
Speaking of that timer, you might want to even set it to only activate for around four times a day, if only because it takes around half an hour for a cleaning cycle to complete. These cleaning cycles are not the most silent either. You’ll definitely notice it turn on when it begins working.
One thing that you definitely need to know about the Cat Genie is that the litter is made specifically for this box. This means that you cannot buy other brands of litter if you want this box to work as well as it should.
While the litter that comes with your unit will be enough to hold over one cat for around three months, you will need to purchase all new supplies specifically from Cat Genie. The biggest issue here is that the cost of supplies, which does cost more than your traditional cat litter.
Of course, you will have to clean your litter box no matter what box you have—that’s a given, and even automatic litter boxes require some effort to keep them smelling nice.
The Cat Genie doesn’t require you to do much of anything besides add in more litter, but it also does require you to clean, especially if your pet tends to go softer feces. These can get clogged in the system and cause an odor, which means that you will need to perform a more thorough cleaning.
Pros of the Cat Genie
- You will never have to scoop anything out of this Cat Genie
- All of the waste is flushed away like a real toilet without you needing to do anything
- The settings are easy to figure out
- You can use this box for recommended 2 cats
- You do need to spend time hooking up this unit to a water line and running a hose into a toilet—the setup is not the easiest thing to figure out
- This box is quite noisy, with a long cleaning cycle
- You need to buy the proper litter for this to work; will not work with any litter
Choosing Your Litter Box
When it comes to choosing your automatic litter box, there are some things to keep in mind before you make your purchase. Regardless of the features, after all, your box needs to work for your specific needs.
Number of Cats
If you have more than one cat, you’ll need an automatic litter box that can handle multiple cats efficiently. Especially if you work during the day and won’t be there to keep an eye on your box, you’ll want to know that either your Litter Robot or Cat Genie can handle the amount of waste.
When you’re considering your box then, take a look at how big the capacity is for waste. The process for both boxes is automated, but that won’t matter much if you’re trying to use the box for multiple cats and the waste drawer can’t handle everything.
The Litter Robot will need cleaning depending on the number of cats that you have. So, for example, you can normally clean it every 10 days, but with around 3 cats, you’ll need to clean it every 3-4 days. The Cat Genie, by contrast, doesn’t require you to remove waste using liners, and actually flushes the waste itself. You never have to worry about the capacity, but you do need to worry about the waste clogging the system.
Your Cat Specifically
You can’t know for certain if your pet will enjoy using an automatic litter box until you actually have the box, but you can think about whether your cat will use it based on their personality and their age.
You might notice that an older cat doesn’t seem too keen on figuring out a whole new system. Or that your pet doesn’t like enclosed spaces, or perhaps loud noises or movement makes them jump.
In this case, the Litter Robot may be a worse option for you, since your cat does need to jump inside the globe in order to do their business. They may dislike the lack of space, and if you get a smaller Litter Robot instead of the Open Air, felines with long hair especially may dislike getting litter in their fur.
By contrast, felines who are a little skittish might jump at the cleaning cycle for the Cat Genie, although in this box, they have a lot of space. Felines who like to dig will like this option.
Your Cat’s Diet
Some cats will not have as much waste as others depending on their diet. Some will produce more urine, and if this is your cat, make sure that you pick an option that can get rid of urine just as well as it can get rid of feces. Of course, this whole process will also be helped by a good clumping litter.
The Cat Genie is great for this though, and can handle a lot of softer waste, but the Litter Robot is just a little better. This is thanks to the globe sifting mechanism, which sifts out even the urine without too much of a problem.
Your Budget and Space
Both of these options take up space—so make sure that you have the space to house them. The Litter Robot especially takes up quite a bit of space thanks to the globe on top, and will need enough space to work without it being shoved against the wall. You’ll have some more flexibility with the Cat Genie.
Of course, your budget matters as well. Even a big investment might be worth it if your litter box is known to save litter and save you money in the long term.
This is what the Litter Robot does. It has a big price tag right at the start, although you don’t need to buy manufacturer’s supplies and it will work with any kind of clumping litter or kitchen bags.
By contrast, the Cat Genie is a much smaller investment right away, but you will need to buy supplies specifically from the brand to make sure that the unit continues to work even in the long run.
Set Up and Ease of Use
Ultimately, it’s relatively easy to use both of these machines once you have them set up. The set up might be more difficult depending on which option you pick though.
The Litter Robot is extremely easy to set up. You only need to set up the base of the machine and attach the globe on top to get it to work. Of course, you also need to make sure that you set it up near an outlet as well so that you can plug it in.
In contrast, the Cat Genie is a little more difficult to get going. The automatic flushing and washing means that you need a cold-water line, a wastewater drain, and access to an electrical outlet. It might take you time to get this set up, but once it is up, the liquid will drain on its own, an automated arm will scoop out the solid waste, and the box will be ready to use again. You don’t need to do much of anything to even clean out the waste when it’s liquified and drained out of the box—like a real toilet.
If you have younger cats, you might be curious about whether your automated litter box will work for kittens.
Well, the Litter Robot works using a weight—your feline steps up, it registers their weight, and it will not activate the cleaning cycle while your pet is inside. This is the problem with kittens: if they’re under 5 pounds, they won’t set off the weight sensor. You’ll need to have a separate litter box for them.
By contrast, you can use the Cat Genie more easily with kittens, although you might need to have a separate litter box anyway to account for the long cleaning cycle.
More General Considerations
Which unit you buy depends on you and your feline, but you’ll need to consider your own preferences too. For example, you might not want to have another toilet-type fixture sitting somewhere for your cat in the form of the Cat Genie—or you might think the toilet shape is cute. You also might not like the larger globe structure of the Litter Robot, but in this case, it’s just a matter of preference.
If you’re going to pick out an automatic litter box, you’ll want to make sure that you consider whether it works well for your situation—and for your feline too. Especially when it comes to the Litter Robot vs. the Cat Genie, this will be a tough choice.
They’re both solid options that will reduce the need for you to scoop cat litter, so which one you choose really depends on you—and on whether you can convince your cat to use it!