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I have a litter genie, as I didn't want to put waste in the kitchen garbage. Even if bagged in a grocery bag, I feel like it will still just be unpleasant.
I do like the genie, but now I'm thinking purchasing refills are going to be a pain($$$)

I was thinking that I could purchase biodegradable doggy waste bags, scoop the waste into that, and then put that into the trash.

What do you guys do? I'm a newer cat mom, and just unsure of how to make clean up easier for myself.

Thanks!
 

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I save plastic grocery bags to scoop the litter box into. I just scoop into the bag, tie it up, and toss it in the trash. I've never had noticeable odors in my trash can using this method. It's free and reuses the grocery bags that would just be in the garbage anyways! My only tip is to check for holes... Walmarts bags are especially bad at having holes at the bottom! I learned that the hard way when I scooped once and it fell right through, lol.
 

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Haha that must have been a shock!

As much as I like the genie, I'm thinking bags will be something I go to eventually. I like that I don't have to run up and down to the trash multiple times a day, but I'm thinking now that spending the money on refills will be annoying after a while.
 

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Mandy,
Walmart bags!! Me too, and boy was it a mess to clean up!!:D
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That's sort of why I'm thinking the doggy poo bags will be better...They seem to be quite tough.
With my past cat, we used non-clumping litter, and it was never my job to change the litter, which is why I'm just not sure of what method will be the best/easiest.

Now that my new kitty is "my" cat, it's my job to do the clean up!
 

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We use doggy bags for our 4 cats. We scoop 2x per day (sometimes more) and have never had a rip. We use the old litter genie with the 'often holey' walmart bag and the 2+bags each day end up double bagged. Added bonus, the doggie bags we use are vanilla scented so no real stink from them.....we get them from Walmart....60 for less than $1
 

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We use doggy bags for our 4 cats. We scoop 2x per day (sometimes more) and have never had a rip. We use the old litter genie with the 'often holey' walmart bag and the 2+bags each day end up double bagged. Added bonus, the doggie bags we use are vanilla scented so no real stink from them.....we get them from Walmart....60 for less than $1

Do you put the doggy bags in the litter genie? Like a makeshift refill?
 

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Plastic Walmart bags is what I use. Oh, yes, check for holes first. I learned that the hard way too! Then I put it in the trash can. Never had any odor problems but if you are concerned try sprinkling a little baking soda in the bag before tying and putting in the trash.
 

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I use the biodegradable dog poop bags (plastic grocery bags are illegal here). Scoop into it and then tie it off to toss it in the kitchen trash.

I take the kitchen trash out on Monday/Wednesdays/Fridays in the winter but in the summer I find I have to take it out almost every day. When it gets hot it smells faster.
 

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I use the dog waste bags too, I've never had one break.

I was cleaning one of the litter boxes upstairs and I dumped all of the litter into a large garbage bag. I proceeded to run down the stairs with it, not realizing it had a
small hole in the bottom. By the time I got to the bottom of the stairs I realized something had gone wrong..there were little piles of cat litter on every step :)
 

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LOL Jking.

I emptied the boxes (to wash and refill) and when I swung the bag up into the complex dumpster it hit the side and split....... dirty litter went EVERYWHERE, including all over me. Had to take a shower, change, and then go back out and try to sweep it up. Thank goodness it wasn't raining that day!
 

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Just use the litter genie was a Walmart bag holder so
I only have to make one trip out to the garbage can a day.
At least I get sone use out of that expensive genie.
 

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I too, have the litter genie, and I wasn't going to invest $7-10 per cartridge refill. One refill only lasted maybe 2 weeks, and it wasn't always clear when I was reaching the end. So I've been using my 13 gallon kitchen bag instead after I got this idea:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukBowjbfVO0
(Fast fwd to 3:36)

I end up doubling my kitchen bag right before I toss it out weekly because clay litter is soooooo heavy and my two eliminates a lot of pee clumps. Kitchen bags do not contain the smell as effectively as the litter genie refills, but I do try to sanitize the genie container insides with lysol spray and leave it outdoors to air dry before bringing it back in. The lysol spray isn't something I like to use--it's heavily perfumed and strong! I'm only using it to rid of it and use it maybe once a month. Rather use unscented diaper wipes next.
 

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We have fortnightly green waste collection here, so when I do have a kitty, I'll probably scoop into biodegradable bags (or straight from the tray) into the green bin.
 

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Used to use diaper sacks. but they were too thin..

Like many others have used the doggy bags meant for dog poo.. I just scoop into that and tie it up and put it in my bin on the pation. In Scotland we have a blue bin for general waste that gets emptied every two weeks so i just put it in that as its outside :) Never had any issues since i went to the doggy bags..
 

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Thanks for all the ideas!
Have to admit the stories with walmart bags are pretty funny! I'll be sure to avoid those!
 

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I have several small scoop stations set up. Small plastic waste bins with grocery store liners in each. In the foster room, I use the pine pellets and have a large kitchen size can with an auto closing lid. I use the regular kitchen garbage bags in that one. That gets dumped every day with a lot of kittens in that room or every few days with only a couple kittens. There is never a smell in my house unless someone freshly pooped but it usually dissipates in minutes.
 

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I have litter genie and never buy the refills, too expensive...plastic bags work perfectly fine, exactly the way the refills work. I reuse the ones that I get from the store, and also any trash bag 4-7 gal works great. The "ruffies" from target are super cheap and work perfect.
 

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Mandy,
Walmart bags!! Me too, and boy was it a mess to clean up!!:D
Sharon
Plastic Walmart bags is what I use. Oh, yes, check for holes first.
LOL!! Glad I'm not the only one! Boy did I get a shock when the bag was light as a feather... then saw the clumps on the ground! :lol: Walmarts are the worst for holes, I've never had issues with other places!
 

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I've thought of using the doggy bags as well, but how do you scoop into those? The opening is so small! Or do you just put the bag over your hand like you would to pick up dog poop and do it that way?
 
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