June 30, 2008 3:10 pm

As anyone who’s ever been a cat owner can attest – either you’re a cat person or you’re not. InventHelp’s Invention Girl is the rare person who loves both cats and dogs, albeit for very different reasons. Cats are wonderfully independent and loving (when they want to be), while dogs are like permanent toddlers (but they get top marks for loyalty).

Although I don’t have a cat myself, I’ve lived with quite a few cats over the years, usually as result of a roommate’s impulse purchase. Changing dirty, stinky cat litter was never one of my favorite tasks, but when my forgetful roommate would neglect the job I’d feel compelled to take care of it.

If only we’d had the CatGenie back then, many a roommate argument could have been avoided! The CatGenie is an automatic, self-flushing litter box that – much like a cat, so they say – cleans itself. Instead of litter, it uses washable granules that don’t need to be changed. The makers say that Fluffy won’t be able to tell the difference.

After a one-time water hookup, the CatGenie pretty much takes care of itself. Cat owners can either push a button or preset the CatGenie to work automatically.

CatGenie is on the pricey side, costing about $300 for a Tabby Package™, which includes self-washing cat box, 2 boxes of washable granules, a supply of sterilizing solutions and T-adapters for setup. But, if you’re a bit squeamish (like InventHelp’s Invention Girl) and it means you never have to scoop disgusting cat poo again, it’s a bargain at twice the price!

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