In late November, Rich (that's the nice man's name, not an evalutation of his financial status) sent us one of his ModKat Litter Pans to test. Since we've had the product for a few weeks now, we thought we should post an update on it. You can read the post on the ModKat's arrival here.
Jan was ecstatic, hoping this would solve some of her problems. For one thing,one of us likes to stand tall and pee over the top of the box. (Don't worry, we won't tattle on you, Per ... uh, whichever one of us is responsible!)
And even more importantly, the dogs view our litter boxes as an all you can eat buffet. That's why the boxes are on the back porch blocking the door to the kitchen with shelves on each side and a wooden barrier at the other end. Finding the litter boxes requires a map and a compass. Wending through the maze to use the litter box requires a trim body and gymnastics.
If you remember, the ModKat is taller than other litter pans, with a roof -- no tiles or shingles, but one large entrance/exit hole and a number of smaller air holes. The theory is that we would enter one at a time through the entrance/exit hole, do our business, and Jan's job would become easier. Just remove the roof, grab the liner, empty, clean and replace.
Boy, did we frustrate her! We laughed as she took her first look at the roof and realized the hole was not Buddy and Sam-proof. That immediately limited the number of places she could place it. Actually, there was only one.
She moved the wooden barrier and fit the ModKat in with our other pans. After our initial investigation when it arrived, we ignored it. She tried the World's Best Cat Litter sample she got us with the Free coupon offer. She switched to our regular litter when World's Best ran out.
These are photos of our litter box area. One photo is facing the door and the other the barrier. As you can see, there isn't much maneuvering room.
Rich suggested Jan remove the lid (we prefer to call it a roof) and the liner until we started to use the new box. With the lid off we do use the ModKat litter box. And Per ... uh, whichever one of us that's responsible can't pee over the top of the MoKkat. He .. uh, he or she can pee over the top of the liner, though.
Jan replaced the roof tonight, thinking perhaps we're ready to use it covered. But we're cats - perhaps not. We'll update you on the subject at another time.
Jan watched a ModKat video tonight and brought our box into the living room wearing its roof. Percy immediately climbed up an in to check it out. Sam and Buddy took turns sticking their head in but there wasn't anything of interest in there tonight. An 11-year-old.chihuahua might be unable to climb on and in thought the roof, but we have two tall, limber, and very determined dogs whose heads will fit through the entrance/exit hole. Either one is capable of moving the Modkat around the room and/or tipping it over. Merci is smaller, the size of a long cat. Jan fears leaving the box anywhere the dogs can access it. She has seen them do the "impossible" too many times.
If the video doesn't play, click here.
You can meet the designers and find information on the ModKat litter pan here.