My Experience With Modkat
I think it’s important to start this review by saying I have never owned a litter box other than the Modkat, but that’s because it’s the only good looking option on the market. Of course I also cared about the functionality of the box, but if I’m being honest, looks were the main reason I went with the Modkat. Despite the high price tag for a litter box, I’m super happy with the decision.
I live in a 2-bedroom 700 sq. ft. apartment with two other people, so although we manage our space well, you can imagine finding a proper space for my cat Java’s bathroom wasn’t easy. It obviously couldn’t go in my bedroom – I’ve read enough about toxoplasmosis to be worried about keeping litter near where I sleep. Given our bathroom has almost no floor space, it really only left the living area as a viable home for the litter box.
My two biggest worries about having a litter box in the living room was having litter all over the floor and the possible stench. From other people’s reviews, like this one by Kittyclysm and this one from Business Insider, it sounded like Modkat solved both of these problems well by being covered and top entry.
After researching litter boxes in general, it seemed like I needed two litter boxes for my cat to be comfortable and to cut down on the smell, so I pulled the trigger and got TWO Modkat boxes… One which sits close to my desk and another one that sits on the landing of our entryway staircase. Honestly, they fit in really well and don’t take up any floor space we would’ve used otherwise.
My only other worry with the Modkat box was whether Java would take to a top entry litter box. It sounds like some cats might have trouble adjusting to them and seeing as how Java came from a foster home with regular litter boxes, I wasn’t sure how she would respond. Thankfully, she took to the box from day one. The first day home she actually hid in the litterbox for a few hours, which wasn’t ideal, but at least it meant that she quickly became comfortable with using the top entry litter boxes.
The Litter Box Itself
Having been using Modkat boxes for about 4 months I can’t speak lengths about their durability, but so far I can’t see any signs of wear and tear. They say their liners last on average 3 months, but I wouldn’t be surprised if ours lasts 6 months or longer. They still look brand new in both boxes. One pro to having both boxes is that I’m able to rotate them each month, so I don’t see myself changing out the liners for maybe a year or more (fingers crossed). I do recommend purchasing a pack of liners when you purchase the boxes though, just for peace of mind.
Like most people, I was concerned about how my litter boxes would be able to control odor and litter tracking. Four months in, our apartment has never once smelled and that’s pretty impressive for having two boxes in our tiny living space. My desk sits within 8 feet of both boxes and even when I’ve missed a day or two of cleaning them (no one’s perfect) they still don’t smell, so a big win there. As for litter tracking, it does a great job but doesn’t catch everything. You’ll still want easy access to a vacuum to clean up the little bits of litter. That being said, I’ve seen much worse from other litter boxes.
The boxes are as functional as they are effective. An included scooper hangs conveniently on each box, so cleaning is as easy as lifting the lid and removing the unwanted bits. Because I have two boxes, I make my life easier by scooping the waste into a recycled grocery bag that stays sealed inside an OXO container and gets tossed every couple of days.
Filling the boxes with litter might be more effort than other boxes, just because of the higher walls, but that’s nitpicking and unavoidable. As for litter, I use Dr. Elsey’s Premium Clumping Cat Litter, which could also contribute to mitigating the smell.
The Bottom Line
If you care about aesthetics then look no further, this is definitely the best looking litter box on the market. Not only do they look good, but they also work well. Functionally, Modkat thought of everything and I think the box is well worth the price tag, even if that price is quite a bit higher than other litter boxes.
- Modern, Sleek Design fits in well with modern home decor
- Grating top mitigates litter tracking
- You don’t have to watch your cat do their business
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Easy to scoop and clean litter daily
- Functional, ergonomic design
- No odor
- Might not fit larger cats. Java fits comfortably, but she is only 8 lb.
- Java adapted super well to the top entry, but I’ve read not all cats are willing to use top entry litter boxes. This could also be a problem for elderly cats. HOWEVER, Modkat does sell an XL version with front entry that could work well for elderly cats or cats that are too large.
Do You Have A Modkat Litter Box?
These opinions on the Modkat are based on my personal experience, but I am by no means a professional cat expert or licensed in any way. I would love to hear if you have any opinions on these litter boxes if you’ve used them yourself, and I’m sure other cat parents would appreciate learning from your experience as well!
- Are you having problems with your current litter boxes?
- Have you ever used Modkat Litter boxes?
- Is there a certain litter you prefer to use?
Let me know in the comments below! Check out more of my product reviews here!