How to Program Your CatGenie 120

How to Program Your CatGenie 120

Different CatGenie 120 Programming Options

The first step in learning how to program your CatGenie is to decide which of the many programming options works best for you and your cat. The CatGenie 120 comes with 9 different cycle settings to choose from. You can choose to run the CatGenie on Auto Start, Cat Activation or Manual Mode.  For Auto Start, you preset the CatGenie to clean 1 to 4 times during a 24 hour period. Once programmed, the unit will start a cycle at the pre-set time.

Cat Activation allows the unit to run only after it detects that the cat has used the CatGenie.  Cat Activation uses two modes, Sleep Mode and Active mode.  Running the CatGenie on Sleep Mode means the CatGenie will run for 14 hours on Active Mode and 10 hours on Sleep Mode.  Sleep mode is further divided into have a cycle start 10 minutes after the cat uses the box or waiting 30 minutes after the cat is detected to run a cycle. You can also choose to run the CatGenie only on 24 hour Active Mode with no sleep time.  Active Mode also gives you the option to choose between a 10 minute or 30 minute delay.

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Finally, you can run the CatGenie on Manual Mode.  On Manual Mode, you simply press the start button to run a cycle.

Deciding which CatGenie programming works best for your cat(s)

With so many programming options to choose from, you may ask yourself, “How do I find the best option for me and my cat?” Of course the best way to decide would be to watch your cat’s behavior.  If possible keep track of when your cat uses the box and how often. Here are some examples of programming options we recommend to customers.

Program your CatGenie to run after your cat eats.

Based on our research on thousands of cats, we found that most cats will use the bathroom about 20 minutes after they eat.  That means if your cat normally eats twice a day, once at 7am and 7pm, you can program your unit to run about 30 minutes after feeding time at 7:30. If you have more than one cat try setting the unit to run at 8am-8pm.

I have a multiple cat household (2-3 cats per unit)

You can try Cat Activation on Active mode with a 30 minute delay.  The 30 minute delay will give the second or third cat enough time to use the box after the first cat sets off the cycle.

I have a kitten or senior cat.

Kittens and seniors are more prone to diarrhea or softer stool.  For this reason, we recommend a 30 minute delay for Cat Activation to give the stool some time to harden up before it is scooped.

* We always recommend Cat Activation to get the most uses out of your SaniSolution Cartridge.  Cat Activation can extend the number of washes from 120 to 240.

How to program your CatGenie 120

Check out our video below that explains, step by step, how to to program your CatGenie. Have unanswered questions or concerns? Share them in the comments below.




  1. Mary Ann Kale

    We absolutely love the cat genie. The cats were a little hesitant the first 3 days with a couple of accidents. Now I know all 3 of the cats use the genie and don’t appear to be nervous.
    We love not having to clean cat litter boxes. So much cleaner to. No dust or odor either. We would recommend this to friends.

  2. Absolutely LOVE the Cat Genie. I have 2 Russian Blues (about 30 pounds each).
    They went through a TON of litter every month and by my calculations, my Cat Genie will have paid for itself in less than 6 months.
    The cats enjoy going into a clean box to “do their business” each time.
    My home smells cleaner and no annoying litter dust!
    Best of all, I no longer have to carry heavy boxes of litter from the store or scoop and carry dirty, heavy, clumping litter to the trash.

    I highly recommend this product.

  3. I have a few questions about the the automatic programming. when I push the button to set it, is the time I press the button the time it will clean? The manual says to set it at the time you want it to clean, but I didn’t know if when I program it to run multiple times if I can set it all at once or had to time exactly when and therefore had to be home when it cleans. I want to set it to clean 3 to 4 times a day. I know if I say program it to clean at 11 for two cleans it will clean at 11am and 11pm, but if I set it for 3 or 4 at that time, what time are the other cleanings going to happen?

  4. Okay so we just set up out cat genie. It’s set up for 1 time a day cleaning. How can I set up the time it cleans please

    • Hi Stephanie, To program your CatGenie to run at a certain time, you need to set up the programming at that time. So for example, if you want your CatGenie to run at 6pm you need to program it at 6pm and lock-in your settings by Pressing and holding the Auto-setup button for 4 seconds. The unit will illuminate all LEDs and beep 3 times. Shortly after, the unit will highlight only the program settings you’ve chosen and start a cycle within 1 minute (unless you are currently in a cycle or have Cat Activation enabled). Hope this helps!

  5. Hallo,

    How can i set a scoop only Mode?
    So that the catgenie will scoop auto. every Time and washes The granuals only ones a day so i can Control the washing. Because i dont want the „cat shit Soup“ everybody Is talking about.

    Greetings from Germany

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