Yay or Nay: Reviewing the Petmate Booda Clean Step Litter Box

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Introducing the Petmate Booda Dome Clean Step Litter Box System

Cat lovers are a special tribe. We constantly compare products and tips to make our furry babies happy. So when one of my friends told me about the Booda Clean Step Litter Box, it excited me to try it out. Read on to learn if it’s the cat’s meow, or if you should give it a pass.

The Booda litter box system is unique. It is a large enclosed litter box with a dome. The manufacturer claims it reduces tracking and is easier to clean.

They also state that it is loved by cats who value privacy while doing their business. Booda also claims that it reduces litter box odors thanks to a built-in charcoal filter. 

The Booda litter box system is fabulous. It comes in three different colors. Pearl white, titanium, and brushed nickel. My cat took to it immediately, and while I’ve never had too many issues with litter tracking, this litter box really minimizes it. When your cat exits the box they walk down a grooved ramp. This ramp holds onto litter attached to your cat’s feet, keeping the litter inside the container. 

The charcoal filter does a good job with odors. They say the filter should last for six months, but I disagree. It lasted a few weeks, and then I ordered more online. They are very affordable, so not a deal-breaker. I still think the best method for keeping odors at bay is to keep the litter box scrupulously clean. Thankfully, the Booda litter box is a snap to maintain. The top comes off and you clean as you normally would.

I only have one cat, but I think this litter system would work well for a multi-cat home. With that being said, follow the golden rule of litter boxes. Each cat gets its own litter box, plus one. This litter box is wonderful for people with respiratory issues because it keeps the dust inside the box. 

Petmate Booda Dome Clean Step Litter Box instructions

It comes in a large box. I mention this because the size of the box took me by surprise. Inside, you will find the following parts.

  • The litter pan with the grooved steps attached.
  • Plastic cover.
  • A set of litter box liners. This is important to remember. The liners are made specifically for this litter box system. You will have to buy replacements, but they are inexpensive.
  • An easy-to-read instruction manual.
  • One charcoal filter already installed.

I placed the litter box’s bottom on a mat before putting it together. Even though this system cuts down on tracking, having a litter box mat really helps. Place the liner in the box, then fill it with the litter of your choice. Then you place the domed lid on top. 

My one complaint about the Booda system is that the top doesn’t clip onto the box. My cat hasn’t knocked the top loose yet, but I would feel more confident with clips attached. The top is weighted though, which helps. 

There is a slot on top of the dome where you slide the charcoal filter inside. It was very easy to do, and as far as its performance, I think it does help with odor control. 

Cleaning the Booda litter box system is easy. Just lift off the lid and clean out the waste. For deep cleaning, you need to remove the liner and all the litter. Because the litter box is bigger than normal, it is a little awkward cleaning it the first few times. I cleaned mine in the laundry room because it has a big sink using a fragrance-free dish detergent and warm water.

Accessories for the Booda Clean Step Litter Box

Because of the uniqueness of the system, you need to use the appropriate accessories sold by the manufacturer. The good news is that they are very affordable and simple to use. If you don’t wish to be locked into only purchasing their accessories, there are options. 

Personally, when I finished using the liners I didn’t repurchase them. I’ve never been a huge fan of liners, and since I am very consistent with cleaning the litter box, it worked great without them. But some of you cat lovers insist on liners, so keep in mind you will need to use the ones sold by the manufacturer of the system. 

Petmate Booda Clean Step Litter Box Filters

These are charcoal filters that slide into a compartment on the domed lid. It is very easy to slide in and out, and for the most part, they work. If you have a kitty who creates a big stink, these charcoal filters will definitely come in handy.

As I mentioned above, I don’t think they last up to six months. I ended up changing the filter out every three months.

I think the filter is a nice extra step, but if you are religious about cleaning the litter box on a regular basis they might not be necessary. You could also mix in a little baking soda with the litter. Since they are affordable I still use them. Oh, and once I forgot to order them and went almost a week without a filter. If I recall correctly it was a little stinkier without them. 

I recommend the charcoal filter because it’s affordable and it helps control odors. But, they are not a necessity. 

Petmate Booda Clean Step Litter Box Liners

These liners are made for this litter box and fit it perfectly. For those looking to streamline their litter box cleanings, it definitely will help.

But, I discovered they needed a little help staying in place. Either my kitty was kicking more than usual, or they just don’t stay in place over the course of a week. My trick was to use a few strips of masking tape to keep it from sliding down into the box. Worked like a charm.

The liner is a little thinner than others I’ve tried in the past. They still held up well, and my cat didn’t shred them as he had before. Oh, and they will play in this litter box, which is perhaps why the liner kept sliding around. Because it’s an enclosed box my cat stays inside it longer and plays. 

If you use cat pan liners, these will work. They are affordable and work well with the Booda clean step litter box system.

FAQs

Can dogs get to the litter?

It depends on the size of the dog. My neighbor has a chihuahua who is friends with my kitty. When he comes over we have to keep an eye on him. If not, he runs into the litter box and comes out with what he thinks are homemade chocolate kitty treats.

If your dog can fit through the doorway, they will. The entrance measures seven and a half inches wide, and thirteen inches tall.

How many cats can use this?

In theory, two or three cats could use this. In my opinion, each cat in a household should have its own litter box, plus an extra one. They should all feel like they can go potty whenever they want. Otherwise, your kitty might feel compelled to do his business outside the litter box.

Common problems with the Booda Clean Step Litter Box

Despite nearly flawless execution, no litter box is without problems. The main issue I have is that the inside is much smaller than you’d think. Turns out the steps take up a lot of room. If you have a large cat like a Maine Coon, you might not want this litter box. 

Speaking of the steps, they really do cut down on kitty litter tracking. But they aren’t perfect. Some litter will still cling to your fur baby’s paws. That’s why I recommend placing a mat or a reusable pee pad underneath the litter box.

While this didn’t happen to me, one of my friends did have issues with urine. Apparently, her cat would spray in the litter box, and some of it would leak out the sides. That’s why I wish the lid had clamps to hold it in place. Thankfully she had placed the box on a pee pad, so it didn’t damage her hardwood flooring.

As I mentioned above, cleaning it the first few times was awkward, because it isn’t exactly a square box. But after you’ve learned to work with the irregular shape it’s a snap to keep clean. 

The Booda Clean Step Litter Box system is a worthwhile investment if you have issues with tracking and odor control. You can use it with or without the liners, and I’m debating letting go of the filter. While it does help with the stink, keeping the box clean does too. I love it and so does my kitty. Give it a shot, and I bet it will work for you too.