Inevitably, in the life of every animal lover, a little deuce must drop. (Or a lot, depending on the size and diet of the animal you love.) For cat lovers, where exactly said deuce drops can constitute a seemingly never-ending, fruitless search for, that most elusive of items — the stink- and mess-free litter box. Good luck with that one.
At this point, I’m fairly convinced such a thing doesn’t exist. I mean, we’re dealing with poop here, people. Poop. Not to mention poop’s slightly less egregious cousin. It’s going to be a messy business anyway you scoop it. But that doesn’t mean the inevitable discomfort and humiliation surrounding picking up and disposing of another organism’s waste products can’t be mitigated. Enter the fashion-forward litter box, the ModKat.
I’ll admit I’m a sucker for all things with mod in their name. And with a fetish for mid-century, space age-y design (think the Eero Aarnio ball chair or really anything made from rounded, molded plastic) I’m nothing if not the target audience for the ModKat litter box. I was drawn to this thing like flies on the proverbial dookie. There’s even a cat lounging in an Eames chair on Modkat’s website.
Unfortunately, with a $180 price tag I balked. Yes, it’s won multiple awards, including the Red Dot Design Award for 2010, but c’mon. Could a non-motorized, non-robotic, non-gold-plated litter box really be worth that kind of scratch?
When a friend first told me about SoftClaws a few months ago, I was beyond skeptical. Obviously, gluing tiny plastic sheaths, one by one, on razor-sharp cat talons every four to eight weeks had to either be a joke or a Machiavellian scheme to mortally wound and thus wipe out the entire world population of crazy cat ladies. It simply has to be part of a sadistic, cat-hating conspiracy. But I was kind of out of options, so I decided to give them a try.