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- Easy to clean – 7/10
- Odor Control – 10/10
- appearance – 10/10
- put up – 10/10
- price – 4/10
Total score: 8.2/10
ModKat Top Entry Trash Can Review Video
The Modkat Top Entry Litter box is just that, a litter box with a top entry. It’s an ultra-sleek box designed to look great and keep the litter in your home to a minimum.
But considering its high price and the fact that many cats are uncomfortable using a top entry box, the Modkat litter box might not be the right choice for everyone.
We tested this litter box on two of our cats for several months to provide all the pros and cons. Let’s take a look at the Modkat Litter Box and see if it’s worth the money.
The Modkat Top Entry Bin comes with a lockable twist lid, a liner and a scoop. It also features side handles for easy movement and cleanup.
Cats need to enter the litter box from the top and then lower themselves into the litter area. Some cats may not like the design, and it’s rather small compared to standard litter boxes. Overall, it measures 16 x 16 x 15 inches, which is plenty of room for a top entry litter box. Actual inlet opening is 8.5 inches minimum.
The spoon hangs from the side slot, and the lid swivels open with the push of a button. This allows for easy access to the inside of the litter box for cleaning, as well as for dumping lingering trash back.
The top of the litter box has several holes so that any litter left on the paws will be put back in place once your cat leaves the litter box.
Once inside your Modkat litter box, you’ll find a reusable liner made of durable tarpaulin flexible material. The lining is smooth, scratch-resistant and easy to clean. It fits nicely into the bottom of the litter box and has a sturdy tension strap on top to help it conform to the shape of the base.
How do Modkat top entry bins work?
Both of my cats have used this litter box and they vary greatly in size. Wessie weighs about 14 pounds and Forest is a smaller cat weighing about 7 pounds. Forest tends to perform better in smaller, tight spaces and uses more Modkat litter boxes than Wessie.
Basically, your cat enters the litter box from the top and falls down to the litter box area. Once your cat has finished his work, he will climb out and climb on top of the grated platform, which will remove excess litter from his paws.
Trash collected on this grated top either falls back through the hole or can be tilted to a 90 degree angle and dumped back.
Does it control the smell well?
There is nothing special about this litter box when it comes to odor control. But I found it smelled about the same as any regular litter box, and two cats used it regularly.
I do think the odor control is more manageable since the reusable pads should be replaced every 3 months. This means less smell over time and less smell around you.
Clean the Modkat litter box
The included litter scoop does a good job of collecting litter by itself, but this litter box excels at tracking and spreading. Because it’s a deep, top-entry box, it’s already hard for trash to fall out of it. Even with finer litter, this litter box holds it well.
Disposing of trash is also easy. Once the top is flipped open, the liner bag folds down for easy removal from the bin. While it’s clumsy at times, it’s a lot neater than dumping trash from a traditional litter box. Putting the liner back in place is more of a challenge as it needs to be adjusted and moved into place.
Modkat recommends washing litter boxes and reusable liners every 5 to 7 days with mild dish soap and warm water. Of course, daily spooning will control odor and keep your cat healthy.
Whether you’re adding litter or replacing it, it should be around 3 to 4 inches. This will allow your cat to properly bury the droppings while preventing urine from reaching the liner or bottom of the litter box.
Adding litter is easiest after inserting the liner. Once adjusted and secured in place, any kind of litter can be used.
How do cats react to Modkat litter boxes?
With over 1,500 five-star reviews on the ModKat website, it seems cats really love this litter box. It seems like a solution for cats that stalk and kick litter, and it’s fine for cats that like to stand and walk.
Cat owners love it just as much because of its aesthetically pleasing design. There are also plenty of reviews saying it’s easy to clean, and some people even go on to buy more than one for their cats.
How much does a Modkat top entry bin cost?
The Modkat litter box sells for about $89.95, which is pretty pricey for a non-automatic litter box. Replacing the pads will also cost you about $30 every 3 and will need to be replaced every 3 months. This means an annual cost of about $40 to replace the liner.
ModKat also offers an XL top-entry bin for about $139. This could be the solution for big cats, and even has an extra front entry.
They also have a variety of other bins on their website as well as replacement parts for their products.
Are Modkat Top Entry Bins Worth It?
For some pet owners, this litter box might be a good option. If you have very messy cats who scatter and stalk, this could be the litter box solution you’ve been looking for. It is unmatched in controlling junk tracking.
Another great bonus is the look of this litter box. Not only is this aesthetically pleasing, but you’re also hiding the trash out of sight. It’s a sturdy plastic box that will have your guests wondering what that cube is in the corner of your room.
On the downside, the Modkat isn’t the best litter box option for cats. While it may depend on your cat’s size and personality, this litter box is a great fit. It can be especially difficult with older cats or cats with limited mobility due to the top entry.
This litter box is perfect for pet owners who love dogs with treats in the litter box. Also, if you don’t like seeing trash cans, this is a great solution for you too.
Besides not looking like your typical litter box, it also does a great job of controlling litter spillage. Other than that, it looks and feels like a premium product. It’s well-designed and well-made, and just might solve many pet owners’ litter box woes.
Check out the ModKat top entry bin here
frequently asked questions
Are top entry bins better?
This may be the case if your cat tends to stalk litter around your home. Top-entry bins prevent large amounts of waste from falling out of the bins onto the floor. Top entry litter boxes have high sides, which help keep litter from splashing as cats dig around and kick litter.
How to introduce a cat to a top entry litter box?
As with any litter box, put him in it regularly, especially after meals. Use the same litter that your cat used in the old litter box so he is familiar with it. It’s also a good idea to keep the top entry litter box in the same place as the old litter box so he knows where to go.
How do you clean the Modkat litter box?
Wash the litter box and reusable liner with mild dish soap and warm water. Daily spooning will suppress odors and help keep your cat healthy. Add new litter periodically to maintain the recommended 3 to 4 inches level. This will allow your cat to properly bury their mess while preventing urine from reaching the liner or bottom of the litter box. Completely replace litter every 5-7 days.
Do cats prefer an open or closed litter box?
In general, cats prefer to be safe in an uncovered box so they can see a potential threat and escape. Litter bins with lids, however, can do a good job of curbing odors. So it really depends on the cat and what he likes.
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