Just in case anyone is wondering about how things are going with the Booda Clean Step, I am pleased to report that it seems to have been accepted by all with relatively little fuss. Loki has even resumed sprawling out on the bathroom floor, gazing at the litterbox with an expression of adoration and awe.
I think that encouraging them to use the box for the first few days really helped. Once they got the picture, everyone was ready to get down to business. No peeing through cracks has been observed, thank Pete. I also think that they are tracking less litter because of the ramp, which is pretty nifty. Most “non-tracking” litterboxes are actually filthy, but this one isn’t. I haven’t had to sweep since I bought it. Which is also pretty darn nifty. In addition, it looks stylish, and less like a litterbox than most litterboxes. Bonus.
There are a few drawbacks. One is that you pretty much need to scoop poop as soon as it happens. The weird shape of the litterbox means that poop left lying in the litterbox may become poop stepped in and tracked on your floor. So far, this has not happened to me, but I can see the potential. A couple of times Mr. Shadow has obviously been waiting for me to remove an offending article before entering. So yeah, you have to be on top of it. Which you should be anyway.
It also is a pain to clean when it needs to be emptied and scrubbed. I empty two to three times a week and scrub once a week. So far, I’ve emptied it once, and it was…a procedure. The wide lip makes it really hard to dump litter successfully. I ended up just upending it over the trash can outside and sweeping afterwards. I think this design is to encourage you to use their litterpan liners, which I am loathe to do, but maybe I will give one a try. I just hate the implied waste there, of purchasing a plastic bag for one use only.
I also wish that it was a smidgen larger, and I think Loki does too.
Overall, I think it was a good purchase, though. We’ll see how it endures over the coming months. I’d give it four out of five stars.
[Booda Clean Step]