Cat Genie - Keeping The Litter Granules In The Box
Keeping the litter granules in the Cat Genie!
Everytime the box gets used, litter is kicked/tracked out. Lots of it. It's in every room & stuck to our feet. What good is a self-cleaning Cat Genie litter box for $350 if you have to constantly clean off your feet & sweep & vacuum litter that may or may not be clean? It's disgusting.
Any suggestions for some kind of litter box "curtain" I can attach to my Cat Genie? The company offers no such product. I'm sure I'm not the only person on the internet w/this problem. HELP!
You're not the first person I've heard complain about this. It's likely that someone has a suggestion. Unfortunately, I don't have a solution for you at this time, but I do have some information that you might want to look into.
For those who don't know, the Cat Genie uses it's own specialized granules which are washed and dried. These granules tend to get around -- all over your house, that is.
I've heard complaints also that sometimes the granules don't get dried properly or completely. I'm wondering if the problem is that the granules are damp? That would seem to me to increase the amount of tracking that would occur.
I remember trying out some "multi-cat" litter products (not for automatic litter boxes, just regular clay litter). With 3 cats, that stuff got tracked all over the house. It was ridiculous. What I noticed about that litter was that it seemed a) a much thicker grain, and b) to retain moisture in those thick granules. I attribute the moisture (it's very humid in Florida where I live) to the excess tracking.
If you go to the forum at Litter Box Central, you'll find some Cat Genie customers who are not happy. This thread points out that the Cat Genie SaniSolution (which they claim is toxic per the MSDS) is squirted into the granules during the drying phase
This may make the granules sticky, and that would likely account for excess tracking, just like my "multi-cat" litter example above. I have not verified any of these claims, I'm just trying to point you in the direction of a possible cause/solution to the problem.
One suggestion would be a large litter mat in front of the box to hopefully grab the granules. Many cats do not like the "fake grass" ones and will jump over them, so choose wisely. Also, placing a sisal scratching board in the path to/from the box may encourage your cat to leave some of the litter behind.
I hope that helps some. I'll put this on Twitter and we'll see if anyone will come back with a better answer. You can tweet it yourself too by using the "Tweet This" button below (or use the sharing site of your choice).
P.S. I just noticed this Cat Genie 120 Upgrade
thread. They give you only $100 for your old unit, but it's something. One of the improvements is a better design to preserve the granules. One of the posts in that thread also mentions a complaint about the sticky granules and tracking problems. If nothing else, you're not alone!