So I got the cats a Booda Dome Clean Step Litter Box, in eye catching lavender, of course, because they are gay. I’ve been on the quest for a larger litterbox for some time now, since Loki has reached such epic proportions. Since I was already using a “JUMBO” cat box, I wasn’t sure that I would be able to find a larger one, and I was worried that I might have to build one. Fortunately, I discovered the Booda, which is dome shaped, like an igloo, in addition to having a silly name.
So far, I would have to say that the reception has been frosty, but the new litterbox has only been deployed for less than 12 hours, so we will see where it gets us.
Here’s a picture of Loki and Mr Bell fighting, instead of using the Booda Clean Step.
My logic with it was the the Booda is larger than most other litterboxes, including my old one, and also that it has a neat design. The dome shape looks more roomy and pleasant to be in. There’s a little ramp inside the box which the cats can climb up to do business, with a sort of kidney shaped litter area. The idea is that litter collects on the ramp, rather than the floor. As with all “no tracking” claims, I have my doubts, but the ramp may help, so I’m willing to give it a shot. Also, it looks like a little house, rather than a plastic box full of cat shit, so I’m down.
Complaints from consumers about the box include charges that cats pee through the crack that connects the two halves (eeek!) and that it’s a pain in the ass to clean up. I guess I’ll find out, assuming someone uses it. Please, please, please let the cracks remain pee-free.
Here’s a shot of Mr. Shadow looking resentful about the entire situation.
We’ve been playing a game where any cat who investigates the box gets a treat. So far Mr. Bell has gotten the picture and pooped twice, to general praise and treats. It is kind of a pain to clean, in the sense of having to lift the lid, but I’m not that lazy, so it’s not a big deal. Yet. The Shadow seems highly suspicious about the whole affair, but I’m not sure he poops anyway, and Loki is deeply interested, but not yet ready to commit. He does, however, fit through the door much more effectively than was the case with the old box. But he doesn’t hang out in the bathroom looking lustfully at the litterbox like he did before, so I’m not sure what this means for our future.
If I’m feeling particularly mean, I’ll get a shot of someone in action and report back. Meanwhile, I’m curious to see how my experiences with this supposedly totally sweet and awesome litterbox are. I suspect that failure to scoop frequently could result in an unfortunate situation, because of the unusual shape of the pooping arena. However, I’m a big fan of regular scooping for general happiness. As for tracking…only time will tell.
Sorry about this pretty boring post about cat poop. Maybe I’ll put something more interesting up later. But, you know, I can’t be entertaining all the time, kids. Not on this salary!
[Booda Clean Step]