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Stylish Uncovered Litter Tray by Eddy Antonello

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How about this for a stylish modern litter tray?  The curiously-named Glorious Time is by Italian industrial and furniture designer, Eddy Antonello, and is available to order online from Belgian pet boutique Purrfect Design, priced at €44.90 (around £37.00 at current exchange rates).

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The smooth lines and white finish give this tray a pared-down look which should please even ardent minimalists, and I love the integrated scoop container – a nice way to hide those yucky, crusty cling-on nuggets of litter that always develop, but still have the scoop to hand should any super-speedy poo removal action be required.

Measurements: L64cm x W44cm x H12cm.  Inner tray: L48.5cm x W37cm x H11.5cm.

Curver Cat Litter Box – UK Suppliers at Last! (Plus a product review of the one I bought.)

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Well, it’s been a long time coming, but a couple of major league online stores have finally cottoned on to the fact that British cat lovers are in need of an affordable solution to the age-old Ugly Cat Toilet in the Corner problem…..  Ladies and gentlemen (please feel free to insert a drum roll/fanfare of your choice): the Curver Cat Litter Box is now available in Anthracite and Cream from Pets at Home (online only) for £39.99; and from Asda Direct in Anthracite only for £30.00.

Curver Cat Litter Box Review

I purchased a Curver Cat Litter box in anthracite from Asda Direct last week, and was impressed with the speed of delivery – I ordered mine on Tuesday afternoon and it arrived on Thursday morning.

I’d decided to buy a Curver tray in anthracite purely because the aesthetics of the design appealed to me.  As I’m sure you’re aware, sometimes product pics are a touch on the flattering side, and I was slightly worried that this litter tray may turn out to be a disappointment once I actually got my hot little hands on it.  Fortunately it wasn’t – the Curver Cat Litter Box looks every bit as good in real life as it does in the promotional photos.  You may like me to confirm that last statement with a pic of my own Curver tray in situ; but I’m afraid I can’t, as it’s sat in my bathroom in between the loo and the sink, and my Mum always says that nice girls don’t show their toilets on the internet.

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I’m pleased to report that the HQ cats took to their new tray immediately.  When introducing a new tray I always include some litter from the old tray, just to avoid confusion, and I also chose not to fit the cat flap to the entrance, as I don’t think that most cats are comfortable with feeling totally enclosed in a small space when getting down to business.

From a cat’s point of view the Curver is just like any other covered litter tray; but, from a lowly human perspective, it does have a couple of design tricks up its sleeve that set it apart from standard trays.  The major difference between the Curver and any covered tray I’ve ever encountered, is the tray itself – which is effectively a small draw that slides out from the cover when you need to scoop.  I’m not sure if this makes it any easier to scoop than a more conventional tray with a hinged flap in the roof, but the drawer does slide out smoothly and quickly, so it is an efficient way to access your cat’s offerings.

In order to accommodate the sliding drawer, there’s a very small gap between the tray and the hood.  As two of my lot like to wee up against the interior of the cover rather than directly into the tray, I was initially concerned that urine would leak out through the gap.  Fortunately, Curver seem to have taken stand-up pee-ers into consideration, and have included a false lip inside the hood, which is angled in such a way that any pee sprayed against the cover drains back into the tray.  I can’t say whether this is effective 100% of the time, as I’ve only had my Curver for a week – but so far, so good!

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Another feature which sets the Curver apart from conventional trays is the scoop, which niftily stores away in a compartment in the cover.  I like this aspect of the design, as finding somewhere to stash a litter scoop out of sight is annoying.  But for my purposes the Curver scoop is too small to be of much use:  I’ve got five trays in my flat, which I scoop three times a day, so I like to speed the job up by using a large scoop.  However, if you only have one litter tray in your life the Curver scoop could be OK.  The Curver also comes with its own tread mat, which looks very neat, but is too small to knock much litter off your cat’s feet.

When it comes to the Empty Out Litter and Wash Thoroughly moment that we all dread, the Curver is no different to any other quality hooded tray: the handle in the roof is securely fitted for carrying to the sink/bath, and the cover unclips easily.  The inside of the Curver doesn’t have the rattan texture – it’s nice and smooth and shiny and hygienic.

So do I think my Curver Litter Box was worth the 30 quid it cost me?  In a word: yes.  To be honest, I do feel that £30 is a bit steep for a litter tray, but I justify the expense by thinking of it as a design solution to what I consider a major issue for us cat lovers: the Ugly Cat Toilet in the Corner problem!

The Flip Litter Box – This Month’s Giveaway Prize Reviewed

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Seeing as it would be all kinds of wrong for me to enter my own giveaway, I took advantage of the Modko 20% Summer Sale and snapped up a Flip Litter Box for €88 (around £77 – price includes UK delivery).

77 quid may seem a lot to pay for a litter tray, but I was happy to part with that  kind of cash in order to solve the ugly-cat-toilet-in-the-corner problem – a real bug-bear of mine.  Plus the Flip is a high quality product which should last for many years, and I know that I’ll be sharing my home with cats forever, so I consider it a worthwhile investment.

I’ve had my Flip for nearly four weeks now, and I’m very pleased to say it’s lived up to my expectations.  It looks great, as I’m sure you can tell from the photos I’ve included of it sitting pretty in my kitchen; but how practical is it?

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The hinged, top-mounted lid is a design innovation – a massive improvement on the traditional clip-on lids.  It’s so easy to use that it effectively transforms the Flip from a covered box into an open tray in under a second – which makes scooping a doddle.  And it really does ‘gratifyingly shut with a snap’ as Modko claim in their publicity material!

The Flip comes with a scoop which can be hung from either side of the lid, which is always a good feature in a litter tray, and the lid can be opened without having to first remove the scoop – very convenient indeed if you’re a compulsive litter tray checker like me.

The Flip has been designed for use with or without liners.  If you have well-behaved cats who can be relied upon to wee sitting down, you’ll find the waxed paper liners easy to fit using the band provided, and Modko say that they should last for around a month.  I use my Flip without, as litter tray liners are no use whatsoever if you have cats who wee standing up (Alfie and Ida, you have been named and shamed!) –  wee just gets trapped between the liner and the tray and quickly becomes smelly.  If you decide against using the liners, I’d advise using a wood-based clumping litter to prolong the life of the tray, as clay granules cause scratches which harbour smells and germs.

It’s probably also worth mentioning that the Flip is reasonably easy to carry when filled with litter as the small ‘wings’ on either side of the top edge (not easily visible in the photos) act as handles.

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And so last, but by no means least: what do the HQ Cats make of their posh new litter tray?  They love it!  The Flip is a decent size, so great for multi-cat households.  In fact, my lot are so impressed with theirs that it’s now officially the Most Frequently Used Litter Tray in the Flat.  Quite an accolade, I’m sure you’ll agree!

To enter the giveaway (entries must be in by midnight 31st July) and for further info regarding measurements, please click here.  If you’d like to grab yourself a bargain Flip like I did, head over to the modko.eu site – but hurry, as the sale ends on 1st August!

20% Discount Code for B-toilet Litter Tray Hider by Binq Design!

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Binq Design have just launched the latest product in their range of high-quality modern cat furniture: the b-toilet litter tray hider.  And guess what?  They’re giving Cool for Cats UK readers a 20% discount!  To claim your discount, enter the code COOL20%UK2013 at the Binq Design checkout.  (This code is valid until 26 July 2013.)

The b-toilet is a sleek, contemporary cabinet which will blend very nicely with most interiors.  And who would ever know that beneath that clean, crisp exterior there lurked an ugly little secret… your cat’s litter tray!

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The b-toilet has a 20cm x 18cm opening in the front, which provides access for your cat to do the do, and for you to do the scoop afterwards.  The tray can be removed for a thorough clean via the rear door, which has a handy magnetic closure.  Felt feet make the cabinet easy to slide, should you need to swivel it away from a wall in order to remove the tray.

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Each b-toilet comes with a black, hooded litter tray (with removable cat flap) measuring a generous 52.5cm x 39.5cm x 38cm.  If your cat’s not a stand up wee-er, or a frantic litter scrabbler, you could probably do away with the hood altogether – which would make scooping easier.

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The b-toilet is made from mdf and is available in two finishes – oak veneer (£214.80*) and white melamine (£197.55*).  The melamine has a choice of trim in six different colours as an optional extra for around £17.00*.  Prices include free delivery within Europe.

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External measurements: 56.4cm x 43.4cm x 42.4cm

*These prices are accurate at current euro exchange rates, and don’t include the 20% discount.

July Giveaway – The Flip Litter Box

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Ooh, what a fabulous giveaway we have this month!  Modko, a Brooklyn based company that creates innovative products for modern pets and their humans, have recently launched Modko EU in order to sell their products directly to European pet owners.  And I’m delighted to announce that the good folk at Modko EU are giving one lucky Cool for Cats UK reader the chance to win a fabulous Flip Litter Box! Continue reading

Curver Cat Litter Box – update on suppliers.

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I first featured the marvellous Curver Cat Litter Box last year, but the supplier I mentioned at the time no longer stocks it as part of their range.  (Please click here to read the original post with all the info on this product.)

But, fear not: thanks to the excellent detective work from two Cool For Cats UK readers, Shirley and Karen, I can now give you links to not one but two alternative suppliers.

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Shirley bought her Curver Cat Litter Box from Belgian online pet store, Animal Stars, for €44.90 (plus €15 for  UK delivery).   And Karen purchased hers directly from Curver for around £50.00, which included delivery to the UK – it’s handy to have a direct link to the manufacturer’s site, as online stores do change their range of products from time to time.

Now, what I want to know is: when will a UK supplier get round to stocking this well-designed modern litter tray?  I’m sure it would prove very popular with British cat lovers!

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