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.
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!
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!