Instructions & Tips:
*If you are having trouble aligning the cover slots to the bottom container, please see #6 below.
**If you are finding it difficult to sift through the litter, please see #7 below for information on different litter types, how they perform, and how to optimally use them.
Please read through the tips and instructions below. A few minutes of reading will help you and your cats get the most from Boxscoop.
1. Add litter:
Fill with litter so the center point is between 2-3 inches deep (5 - 8 cm). The center will be around 3.5" deep when the litter surface is slightly lower than the ledges in the container where the 3 green dots are. Boxscoop is very litter efficient and because the bottom is bowl shaped the litter will refill as your cats dig-- this gives them stability while also allowing plenty of depth to dig.
*Add a cup of your cats old litter. This will give their new litter box a familiar scent.
2. Introduce your cats:
Approximately, 80% of cats will climb inside minutes after setup. If your cat is a bit more skeptical, consider using without the cover until they are comfortable.
*Please don't rush your cats... this should be a positive experience. Cats are creatures of habit and some just need a little more time than others to make the transition.
3. Recycle tracked litter:
- Lift the cover and tilt inwards so the bottom lip of the cover is inside the bottom container.
- Watch the tracked litter fall through the slots back into the container.
The container is engineered to scoop in one direction. Rotation should start from the flat part where the scoop stores and end on the wall with the engineered ridges. If you scoop in the other direction the scoop will not sift through all the litter.
- Place the scoop into the center scooping slots.
- Slowly rotate the scoop handles towards you so the scoop moves away from you and through the litter.
- Lift the scoop from the slots before the scoop reaches the top edge.
If your litter is slow sifting, overfilled, or hasn't been scooped in a few days it may push close to the top edge. Simply reverse the scoop back and then forwards again to help it sift efficiently:
4b. Scooping the side areas
Normally, at the proper fill level, the business is done in the litter and not on the sloped side areas... but if it does occasionally happen, the side areas are sloped to match the scoop contour, so you can quickly knock the waste into the center and proceed to scoop normally.
*pro tip: if your dealing with diarrhea or exposed #2, use the scoop to push litter over the waste before scooping. This will help keep the scoop clean.
Boxscoop 2.0 was designed so the waste can funnel off the ends easier into smaller opening containers. If the litter you are using clumps well, and you want to use a small opening container, simply shake off the loose litter, shimmy the clumps to one side of the scoop, and toss:
If you want to toss the waste into a small opening container and the clumps are soft or the scoop is very full, then we highly recommend first tossing the waste into a toss container.
*Most department/home improvement stores have suitable toss containers for ~$1 to 5. The above one is called "Sterilite 6 qt. storage box." Another good toss container is "Sockerbit Box and Lid 15x9."
5b. Compostable bag it:
If you'd like to bag and seal the waste directly after scooping, check out our bagging technique. For a slow motion video with instructions Click Here
6. Cover alignment:
If you are storing the scoop inside the container, make sure the scoop is sitting in the two shallow slots (not the deeper scooping slots) and the front edge of the scoop should be resting on the flat scoop storage ledge. The cover will only align in one direction. Line up the cover so the covered part is directly over top of the scoop stored inside and place the cover onto the container:
7. Litter types & performance:
Alternative litters like corn, grass, walnut and many others are steadily advancing. We engineered subtle features into Boxscoop so that it'll perform with many of these alternative litters. In general we find these litters to be lighter, cleaner, healthier and stay fresh much longer. That said, clay litter also does work well with Boxscoop.
*If you decide to change your litter type, please change slowly. A new litter box and new litter type all at the same time can sometimes be too much for some cats. Let them get used to Boxscoop and then slowly mix in the new litter with old and until all the old is gone.
Click on your litter type to see how it performs with Boxscoop, along with pros/cons and tips:
- Overview Cost + Comparison chart
- Clay & Sand
- Corn (Worlds Best)
- Grass (SmartCat)
- Walnut (Blue Buffalo)
- Wood (ökocat Super Soft)
- Mixology (ökocat + grass)
- Mixology (Walnut + splash of grass)
Crystal litters also work very well in Boxscoop, but they do not clump, and we typically recommend clumping litters so you can get the urine out. Pellet litters are not recommend for Boxscoop. The pellets will not sift through the scoop.
If you have any questions at all, please reach out to us at email@example.com
- If the litter is pushing too close to the top edge instead of sifting through the scoop, try reducing the litter level. Also, you can rotate the scoop backwards a couple inches and then forwards again-- this will help the litter sift through the scoop. To see a video click here
- If the scoop is popping out of the slots, there is a good chance you are using a heavy litter and rotating the scoop in the wrong direction. You should rotate the handles towards you, so the scoop moves away from you. If you push the handles away from you, and rotate the scoop towards you than it will pop out of the slots.
- Angle Boxscoop in a corner or against a wall. This will encourage your cats to exit from the front and effectively reduce litter tracking.
- If your cat has an occasional bout of diarrhea, use the scoop to flick surrounding litter on top of the exposed diarrhea. This will help the scoop to remove the diarrhea without leaving residue on the scoop.
- If waste ever gets onto the side parts, use the scoop to knock the waste back into the litter and then scoop as normal. The side parts are shaped to give cats maximum space while making them easy to clean, if this occurs.
- There are a total of four slots that the scoop can rest in. The two shallow slots are to store the scoop in. The two deeper center slots are for scooping.
***Always wash your hands after coming into contact with cat litter and cat waste. Cat feces can contain toxoplasma gondii.