iLitter (aka ModKat)

 

This is my first-ever official product review.  I promise to be:

  • Truthful about my impression of the product
  • Biased towards products that are stylish and sleek in design
  • As a SINGLE 30-something year old, I don’t want to turn-off prospective suitors before I have had the chance to charm them, and therefore discretion will be key.

NOTE:  This is an independent review and I have not received and will not receive payment from ModKat of any kind.

What it would look like if Apple made a litterbox

Please note “rooftop” entrance. As any New Yorker knows, this is prime real estate.

 

Not so long ago I went on a quest for a discrete, guy-friendly, affordable, aesthetically acceptable litter solution. I ended up with a guy-friendly (?), modern looking, high-tech Litter Robot that clearly falls short against compact and affordability metric (I still love it!).During my quest I discovered the Modkat Litter Box
- from here on to be referred to as “iLitter.”  At $180 it’s not cheap, but it had sex appeal.

My only concern was that my robust grey tuxedo Petie (whose nose is my icon) may have difficulty maneuvering in and out of the “convertible” entry point. I was further disheartened upon reading in the FAQ portion of the website that “Modkat Litter Box
iLitter was designed as the best solution for the average cat.” Petie is anything but average when it comes to girth easily pushing the 20lb mark (as you can see in the first video my visions of him getting stuck were unfounded).

Colorful modern litter boxes for cats

In an effort to perpetuate stereotypes, I asked for it in black though as you can see it comes in an array of ipod-esque colors.

I purchased my Litter Robot (aka the spaceship) but could not stop thinking about iLitter. Since I “occasionally” foster cats I thought it made sense to have a second litter box on the premises.  The idea of this product is that the design limits the amount of litter that will be kicked or tracked out of the box.

The Modkat Litter Box iLitter representative I contacted via the website, turned out to be none other than Brett Teper. One of the two guys that started the company. If you’ve read any of my posts, you know I have a soft spot for the pro-feline man. I was sold. Plus the company is NYC-based and they were willing to give me a unit to review. I mean for my CATS to review. Ahem.

Subtle it’s not. I highly recommend they consider all brown packaging – a la Playboy.

The iLitter arrived in a box that couldn’t have been less discrete if they tried. And being the super clueless person am, I of course had it delivered to my freelance gig (I don’t have a doorman!).  I was actually surprised by how large it is as it looked smaller in the photographs. According to the product website it has the same amount of “indoor” space as a traditional covered littter box.

It took my cats and Haddie the foster about 2 minutes to figure out what this “thing” was. And as these things go Petie, the one I was concerned about not being able to use the iLitter was the first to test it out. The video speaks for itself (first videos made with my FlipCam!).

 

The unit didn’t come with instructs, unless I carelessly threw them away in a wine-induced frenzy which is very likely. So I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do with the velcro circles* that accompanied the unit, scoop and reusable liner. It quickly became clear to me that I was to use these little do-dads to affix the liner to the walls of the unit.* Update: Those little dots of velcro weren’t enough to keep that liner up. I ended up purchasing industrial strength velcro from my local hardware store and put 2 strips up on each side of the box.

You can see in this video how you get into the box to clean it.

  • Love the way it looks. A bit bigger than expected based on the photos I saw online (it’s 15″ tall x 16″ deep and 16″ wide)  but not unreasonably large and worth it from an aesthetic perspective. I’m guessing most guests would mistake iLitter for a stylish wastebasket – or maybe even a piece of modern art.
  • In terms of tracking litter, it’s MUCH less than the covered boxes I’ve had in the past but it’s not 100% track-free.
  • It’s not cheap, at $180 it’s an investment but for an apartment dweller without an extra room/bathroom, mud or laundry room it’s worth the investment.  The reusable liner is sturdy and makes for a “greener” litter solution.
  • Outside of cost, you still have to scoop (icky)

One reviewer warned that their cat now pees on IKEA bags (the liner is made from a similar if not identical material) so you’ve been warned.

If you cannot afford this unit, the next best thing is the Clevercat Top Entry Litterbox available for $35 – the PC litterbox to ModKat’s MAC.  Certainly not as sexy but legend has it it’s the product that inspired Brett and his partner to create iLitter in the first place. Maybe you could spray paint it?

Clevercat Top Entry Litter Box

I My cats give Modkat Litter BoxiLitter Box 3 out of 4 stars paws. Losing a paw for costs and need to manually scope.

3 paws up!

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47 Responses to iLitter (aka ModKat)

  1. Brian says:

    That was a very good review, but I don’t think we would like to climb up there just to go down and come back up to get out. At that price we will never know.

  2. We got one of these for Christmas. We like ours, it gives us a lot more privacy than the regular cat box!

    • Ihavecat says:

      yayaya! what color did ya get? you guys had a good xmas it sounds like!

      do you guys know any older cats who use the box? some readers have been asking if it’s hard for them to get out of, but I don’t have personal experience with it….

      T

  3. Joyce says:

    I love your paw rating system and pics of your resident kitties with product. :)
    I wonder if it is awkward or difficult to scoop through that hole. Or do you take the top off to scoop (an extra step). I also wonder if kitty is forced to step in “business” bc there is only one way out. Also, with the Clever Cat being so inecpensive, I wonder if the extravagant price is all mark-up. I understand the design is way nicer but 600% more is a lot. Glad the kids like it. Beats waiting in line at parties.

    • Joyce says:

      Oops, typo: ineXpensive.
      Can’t even blame my iPhone.
      Forgive. ;)

      • Ihavecat says:

        Hello darling!
        FIRST, i cannot believe you of all people don’t think DESIGN is worth the bucks! An ART DIRECTOR! For shame !LOL : 0

        Figures when i take down a video it turns out that’s what ya wanna see! The top flips open pretty simple. you can see the video at this link (scroll all the way down, it’s the second video).

        http://ihavecat.wordpress.com/product-reviews/

        The biggest thing really, is to make sure to use the velcro thingies they send or else the bag can cave in on itself.

        The box is pretty big, so i haven’t seen an issue what poo being stepped in yet. Normally their head sticks out of the hole when the pee/poo which means that’s not where the refuge is!

        T

  4. We have seen this before, but we are like Brian – it is way out of our price range. Our automatic scooping one was only about $100 and it works great. It seems like it would be a great choice for an apartment though – nice and hidden. And it does come in pretty colors – who knows, when we win the lottery and have a bigger house we will for sure need more boxes around!

    • Ihavecat says:

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting guys – maybe some of my next reviews will be more exciting and applicable for you!

  5. We appreciate your honest review… and I LOVE your rating system!!

    I can’t imagine my cats getting in there from the top, so I don’t think I’d ever try it. But I wish they weren’t so bad at tracking and kicking litter all over the place!

  6. Eugene says:

    Never thought I’d see a video of a cat taking a shit … with live commentary no less

  7. Kareltje says:

    Very interesting
    and looks really cool :-)

  8. Zee says:

    The one I really like is the Omega Paw box, it’s the easiest and lowest priced one I’ve seen. It’s not as seckzy as this one, and it’s not technically ‘automatic’ but it gets the job done!

    -zee

    • Ihavecat says:

      Hi Zee! thanks for visiting I HAVE CAT! yes, i’ve heard of the Omega Paw box…and it sounds like a neat concept. But more traditional looking for sure!
      T

  9. TK's mom says:

    Nice Review, I also like the paw system, very creative.

    • Ihavecat says:

      Thanks so much for visiting and leaving a comment! Glad you liked the review – hopefully we will have more to come every once in a while! Hope you decide to subscribe to the BLOG feed! You can click on the link on the upper right of the site.
      Thanks!
      T

  10. Jo says:

    Aren’t cats smart – and what a beautiful cat you have. My cat (Charlie) refuses to use the kitty litter tray and must go out side every morning. She can “hold on” for hours if need be.

    • Ihavecat says:

      oh my! how cute! i have another cat too – Kippie, but Petie seems to be funnier on film/in pictures b/c of his chub and facial expressions. KIp is more of a cat’s cat! You can see him here:

      Thanks for stopping by – hope you come back to read more posts, sign up for the email updates and check us out on FaceBook!

      Thanks!
      T

  11. Nice review. My litter box came from Drs. Foster and Smith and it made of wood with a top that lifts and a door on the side. It is covered in carpet. It blends in with the furniture and I used it as a window seat.

  12. Felted House says:

    Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog – I’ve never tried to leave a comment on a wordpress blog before so I hope it works!!
    Petie’s a beautiful cat – I love grey and white cats but have never owned one – we were half hunting for one when we were looking for Archie but also wanted a little black boy – which we got! Archie has learned how to jump up on the worksurfaces and table now so life’s got even more interesting! xx

    • Ihavecat says:

      It worked! Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Petie was sort of “forced” on me by the cat rescue volunteers. i ended up feeling bad and taking him home – they knew a softie when they saw me come along! He was sooooo scared. even now if i walk towards him too quicky or strangers are around he runs and hides in my closet – poor baby! I have had him since he was close to a year.

      so nice that you got a black ktty since they have a tougher time getting adopted!

      Can’t wait to read more of your blog – hope you subscribe to my updates and visit the I HAVE CAT facebook fan page!

      T

  13. Peaches says:

    I have been thinking about getting one of these based on the design alone. Surprised by the size! Peaches is very small, not even 6 lbs and not too graceful. Wonder if they have perpetual kitten size??? thanks for the review!

    • Ihavecat says:

      HI Peaches! I cannot believe I am only just now seeing this comment – so sorry it took me so long! I love your face! Everytime I see it I am mesmerized! Awwww only 6 lbs so cute! Could put you in my purse!

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  15. Thanks for stopping by. The ModKat post you saw on our blog was short since it was the 3rd we’d done on it. There are 3 of us dogs here and two of us can stick our heads right in it so the box has to be kept behind a barrier with the other litter pans. Jan would love to put it elsewhere since it is attractive for a litter box, but dogs have a thing for eating cat poop and we dogs are no exception so she won’t chance it.

    • Ihavecat says:

      I will be back to your blog for sure! Can’t believe I hadn’t seen it before now! Thanks for visiting my bloggie! I’m pretty new at this – - i will have to check out your other ModKat reviews for sure.
      T

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  17. Betty says:

    Hello! I found your blog while searching online for ModKat reviews. My cat Charly (who is also grey and white) is 14lbs and 11 years old, he’s still quite nimble though. Like you, I am hopelessly drawn to the sleek design of the Modkat (iLitter), it’s simply the best looking litter box I’ve seen out there! Your review was great because it gave me confirmation that a big cat can also use it with ease. I am thiiis close to purchasing it, but I just wanted to ask you one more question. Charly is not only heavy but also quite large in size, I am not sure if he has enough room to turn around in there. Can you tell me how big your Petie is so I can do a comparison? How long is Petie approximately? Thanks! :)

    • Ihavecat says:

      Hi Betty!

      Thanks for visiting my blog! I feel like a very bad pet parent saying this but I am sure that at this point Petie is over 20lbs (I’m afraid to take him for his check-up at the vet b/c i don’t wanna be reprimanded!). He has no problems using it. Did you check out the video of him “in action”?

      It’s not a small litter box, the pictures make it look decievingly tiny. There is a page where they give you specs, it’s about as large as a large covered litter box (not as high though).

      If you contact them directly (the modkat people) and let them know you heard about them here they might be kind enough to extend you a discount (my readers were getting a $20 off discount for a while but it’s expired). worth a shot!

      Thanks again for stopping by and I hope you check out some of my other posts and be sure to sign up to receive I HAVE CAT email updates!

      Also, you can share pics of your cats with other I HAVE CAT fans on our facebook page.
      http://www.facebook.com/pages/I-HAVE-CAT/180201582565#!

      Hope this helped!
      Tamar

  18. Chris says:

    Just stubled upon your blog while looking for reviews on the Modkat litterbox – just ordered one – LOVE your review! iLitterbox – hillarious :-) will certainly back on your blog in the future!

    • I HAVE CAT says:

      Hi Chris! Thanks so much for reading and commenting to I HAVE CAT! Please do check some of our older posts out – I’m working on some new ones as i have been absent for a while I admit.
      Hope you also come visit us on facebook – we have over 9,000 fans! Julie, if you aren’t already a fan of IHC on FB, hope you join us! http://www.facebook.com/ihavecat

  19. Kathleen says:

    Thanks for the review- I’ve been trying to figure out whether we “need” this to replace the standard ugly covered litter. I’m tired of looking at it and of sweeping the crumbs all around. I think I’ll give ModKat a try.

  20. Jeni (UK) says:

    Hi Tamar , I bought this (in black) after seeing your review as soon as I found it on sale in the UK and so far am very happy with it as it has replaced two pink covered litter trays and looks better than the original trays!  (They were fine but my cats are indoor cats and I was looking for something more ‘sleek’ for my small house!) My two cats seem happy to use the top entry (including the re-homed one I got a few days ago who took to it straight away!).  I use the World’s Best Litter Extra Strength which seems to cut down on smell and tracking (besides being eco-friendly!).  I love the reusable liner too and the fact that my dog, who is lovely but who has some disgusting habits cannot access the inside of the tray at all and in fact seems completely uninterested in it which is a first!

    Jeni

    • I HAVE CAT says:

      Hi Jeni! I’m sooooo glad you like your Modkat! Thanks for the follow-up. So do you have 3 cats now like me? I use WBCL Multiple Cat household too! Yay! Look at us! Be sure to post pics of your babies to our FB page if you haven’t already! http://www.facebook.com/ihavecat

      • Jeni (UK) says:

        Hi Tamar, no at the moment I have two cats, the re-homed one has come in place of one I had to have pts because she had kidney failure, that’s not to say I wouldn’t like more because I would but at the moment I think I will settle for the two I have already.  I am hoping to get a secure outdoor area set up in my garden so that they can access the outside in safety and if that happens I may be in a position to ‘acquire’ more.  Fortunately my partner also likes cats!  (Actually, I think he prefers them to dogs).  I also love dogs but at the moment only have the one but maybe one day I may be able to ‘acquire’ another one.  All my animals are re-homed, I am a big fan of re-homing animals because they are so rewarding.  If they stay still long enough I will post some pics in the near future!

        Jeni

  21. Intan says:

    Can crystal litter be used with modkat? Can the crystal fit through the holes on the rooftop? Thanks

  22. I love the look of these and wrote about them here :
    http://leeleeloves.co.uk/cats/four-furnishings-for-the-fancy-cat

    As a couple of designers I think we need one for our cats! I shall have to save up and see as Modko have announced full UK release in March, it is £120 on my usual pet product store.

  23. Wow this does look larger than photo (usually it’s the other way around) and sleek. Hansel may not be able to use since he doesn’t jump and only “mounts” like horse,but then he can use the other two litter boxes. Will have to order!

  24. Bluebell says:

    Hi! My kitten Bluebell would love that! If only it came in a lilac colour. :)
    DO you think a kitten could get in and out without problems?
    How’s the smell? What’s your routine for cleaning the iLitter that keeps the odours away? Thanks, Valerie

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