My cats love this box with the top entrance and large inside area. They use this box and basically ignore the other smaller litter box we have. Easy to clean and no more litter outside the box. Worth every penny.
Our aging Siamese was not a fan of closed boxes. To say the least. Even as a kitten, he refused to use them. We got him a high-sided open box, which he seemed to like, but increasingly he was peeing so close to the edge and so high that some of his pee would end up on an adjacent cupboard or the floor. He didn’t intend to do this, but it was happening. Gross! Not to mention the fact that the box itself was ugly and not a pleasant things to look at when you entered our laundry room. We considered buying or making a larger enclosure for the box, but reading reviews of those, I wasn’t persuaded they’d work, because what if he peed on the side of the enclosure itself? (Same problem, just more hidden, and harder to clean, and probably smellier.) Not to mention, what if he decided he didn’t want to go inside the enclosure at all?
He’s a small cat, but we went with the XL box anyway because given his history, we worried he might feel claustrophobic in the smaller ones. He's accepted the XL box without a qualm. I put his litter in (we use the pine litter), showed it to him, and that was it. We have left it as a front opening box but he actually uses both openings for coming and going. He likes to look out the top when he is inside and he likes having space to turn around and deal with his business. The box is in our laundry room and it harmonizes visually with our white washing machine and dryer. It’s extremely well made, solid, stable, and easy to assemble. And it seems to contain the smells more than the previous box did, despite being quite open at the top.
The liners, which I wondered about, are actually a great addition. He does not harm them with his claws and they prevent the pee from sticking to the sides of the box, making it much easier to scoop. I notice some reviewers have commented that the little hooks holding the liners don't work for them. We have not experienced this problem (and he does scratch to cover his poo). For me, the hooks "clicked" in well during assembly. I admit, having read the reviews, I made sure I heard the click and felt it that the hook was solidly in place before attaching the liner. Having done that, we haven't experienced a single problem. Admittedly, our cat is solo and on the lighter side. Maybe with more than one cat, or a larger cat, there could be a problem.
Yes, the Modkat costs more than an ordinary litter box, but we think it’s worth every penny!
I have to say I am really super pleasantly surprised with how good it is. I was worried the top being open would still leave a smell, but it's kept the smell really well, most likely due to the liner.
My cats took some time to get used to it, in fact one of them was just howling outside it for the first day, most likely she missed her old one - but now it's been no problem and cleaning it has even been a breeze! I really used to hate cleaning the litter box because of un-attaching the roof, putting that somewhere, getting sand everywhere - but cleaning this box really feels super smooth.
There is one design flaw that I think is quite important and yet easy to fix for the future - the hooks that attach the liner to the box. I've noticed I'm not the only one who's had a problem with these hooks. For such an expensive and well-thought out design, you would think the hooks would actually *click* into place. The reason for this is, my cats like to scratch the side of the litter box after doing their business - a common habit from cats. When they do this, the hook slides off very easily, and either falls in the sand or in between the liner and the box. It is then not easy to slide it back into place, as you have to crane your neck into a specific angle to see where the slot is. In fact, just reading above, I can read here: "The XL liners hang on hooks at each corner to ensure they stay put. Kitties can scratch all they want, these liners won't come down." Well, simply not true. They slide off quite easily.
My issue now is that while I was away, my cat sitter wasn't aware of how sensitive the hooks are and one of them is now missing, most likely scooped up with the poop and put into the bin bags, so I have one corner of the liner always folding in. This is a real pain, and I'm not sure why there wasn't just a *click* mechanism with these hooks, as now I have to make sure it is not folded in or else my cats struggle to use the box.
Unfortunately it seems my only option is to now order a set of extra hooks for €7, and even pay shipping. This is really not ideal considering the massive price already of the litter box. Also when giving this feedback by email, I was surprised that the issue was not really 'acknowledged' - I simply got some tips, such as "ensure the liner hooks are slid/pushed all the way into the allotted slots before installing the liners" or " switching the hooks around to see if they fit tight".
And after mentioning that I didn't order directly from Modkat but through a third-party supplier in my country, the next reply was "I hope it'll work out:)"
To be honest, a bit disappointed with that customer service for such an expensive designer litter box. Yes, I will just push the hooks harder into the plastic, and hope it'll work out ...
In the meantime, I hope the next production batch releases hooks that click into place. Besides that design flaw - super excellent litter box.
Hi Matt, we are emailing you directly now to help!