Read below about why your cats should have a Cat Genie
Cats are a joy. What other pet provides so much entertainment and affection while being so low-maintenance? While you may know of a dog or two who can refrain from chewing furniture and valuables, have you ever encountered a self-cleaning dog? Both dogs and cats know how to eat, more or less from birth. That’s not too complicated. Unlike cats, though, dogs aren’t born instinctively knowing what a litterbox is for.
- This instinctual tendency of cats to bury their waste is a mixed blessing for the cat owner, however. Cats are delightful. Litterboxes aren’t. While infinitely preferable to an untrained dog’s tendency to poo randomly throughout the house, or even a trained dog’s need to be taken outside at regular intervals to do his or her duty, the litterbox presents its own challenges.
- First and foremost amongst the complications is that even the most high-tech, clumping cat litter absolutely refuses to remove itself from the litterbox, bag itself up, and find its way to the trash without the cat owner’s help. This far-from-pleasant task needs to be performed at regular intervals or you will cause your cat undue stress. Cats’ urge to bury their poo is instinctual. Cats are small. In the wild, lots of things would eat them if they could track them. That’s’ why cats wash themselves and why they bury their poo. To you, cleaning a litterbox is an inconvenient chore, but to your cat a clean litterbox seems a matter of life and death. Sadly, unlike cats, traditional litterboxes don’t clean themselves. No matter what sort of fancy sifting litterbox rake or scoop you use, sooner or later you’ll have to handle cat poo.
- The second dreadful complication of the traditional litterbox is smells. Not just the rich bouquet of kitty’s just-finished business, but the smell of the litter itself. No matter what variety of ultimate odor-fighting cat litter you use, it will have its own smell. You might get used to it, eventually, and tune it out, but you’ll never learn to love it. And one of the byproducts of cat litter doing its job is ammonia. Airborne ammonia isn’t good for your lungs—or your cat’s.
- Thirdly, cat litter tends to get scattered all over. Often, this is your cat’s way of expressing his or her dissatisfaction with the current condition of their litterbox. In addition to making for a messy floor, most clumping, odor-fighting cat litter turns to a sludge of hard yet gooey clay when it gets too wet. It will stick to your floors, clog your drains, stick to clothing, carpeting, and even cats.
- Fourthly, most cat-litter isn’t exactly eco-friendly. Eco-friendly cat litter doesn’t clump properly, and thus tends to turn minding the litterbox into an ordeal. And the high-tech odor-fighting cat litters aren’t eco-friendly, while eco-friendly cat litters tend to do nothing to mask the pungent odor of your cat’s business.
- Lastly, there’s the cost. Cat litter, even the clumping kind, doesn’t last forever. It needs to be replaced at regular intervals, and that is far from cheap. Wouldn’t it be nice if cat litter were re-usable, cleaned itself, didn’t stink, and were eco-friendly?