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We’re pleased to let you know the Kitty LitterBowl Prototype 3D print finished successfully! Our product development engineer will proceed with post processing the parts, which includes sanding rough areas, removing support material, and assembling the unit.
Due to the July 4th holiday, we anticipate making a new video by July 15th.
Our product engineer ran the first long 3D test print of the new Kitty LitterBowl (cat litter box replacement) prototype. Essentially, they tested the top portion of KLB, which was one of the weak points on the previous prototype.
These pictures of the current print compared to the previous prototype give us an idea of what the surface finish is like. Although the new prototype has wall thickness that is twice as thick as the previous prototype, the nature of the 3D printing process they’re currently using will still leave it prone to delamination (albeit less prone than the previous prototype).
The product engineer will configure some temperature settings on their new 3D printer to alleviate this issue. We’re excited about their progress and believe we’ll be able to pickup our new prototype soon.
We’re very close to delivering the last cat waste management device you’ll ever need to buy!
Our fans have been growing more and more impatient about the Kitty LitterBowl prototype. We get it – we are just as excited and tired of using a cat litter box.
Line-X ran a coating test and determined it would not be possible to coat our prototype due to the 3D printed plastic construction. So, Design Launchers agreed to redesign and 3D print a more durable prototype.
Instead of sending the project out to a contractor again, they decided to purchase a 3D printer for their office. They have been working through glitches and proper settings over the past few months.
We hope to post photos and video of our new prototype in May!
That’s okay though… our chin is up and we’re searching for other opportunities, independently and through Edison Nation’s Insider Licensing Program!
We also updated our website http://kittylitterbowl.com recently – Check it out!
We at Kitty LitterBowl LOVE receiving feedback from future customers!
“Can’t wait to get one!” ~ Terri Latonik
“We want one for each toilet in our house and an extra one for the RV. This is awesome!” ~ @freshlyfoundvintage
Where do I get the litter bowl? ~ Janet Bencini
“We have been full time RVers since Nov 2012. We have a litterbox and are about to use Cat’s Incredible litter… would luv to share our throne with our girls.” ~ @oceanluvkitty
“Cool product!” ~ @thenomadicpursuit
“Where do you get this from, and do you use it when you’re out on the road? Possible buying an RV to live in and would love to ask some questions about that and this “kitty toilet”. ~ @sweetbabysteven
“This is an amazing idea!” ~ Rebecca Rehm
“Nice. We’ve always wondered about training cats to use the toilet. This is a good alternative!” ~ @exploringthelocallife
“Love this!” ~ Tina Kashlak Nicolai
“Wow – Like it!” ~ @travelingwithjp
We noticed the epoxy that was applied to Kitty LitterBowl’s underside after printing was peeling off and we didn’t want to take any chances of further damage. We researched coatings for plastic and found Line-X, a coating well-known for truck beds. Turns out their coating can be applied to almost anything.
BONUS information… the coating can also be applied to the underside of RVs, ideal for resisting rocks, debris and UV damage. We didn’t research pricing, but we’re making a mental note for when we buy our motorhome!
This is all wonderful news, except we have to use a smelly, messy cat litter box until the Kitty LitterBowl prototype is returned. We really can’t express the degree to which we miss it.
Edison Nation will present Kitty LitterBowl to People and Real Simple for consideration. If it’s selected for further due diligence, each partner will determine costing, manufacturing, pricing, marketing, distribution and more, and then decide if they want to license our idea. If the answer is yes, a term sheet is sent and negotiations begin!
We’re so excited about this opportunity to bring Kitty LitterBowl to the marketplace and improve the lives of cats and their owners, as well as the environment!
Orlando Entrepreneur Thinks Outside of the Cat Litter Box
ORLANDO, FL – July 23, 2017 – Traci Thompson of Orlando, Florida is joining a long line of breakthrough petrepreneurs out of Florida with her invention Kitty LitterBowl. Thompson resigned a 17-year career in office management after the onset of Fibromyalgia in 2007. She spends her days at home as a wife, cat mom, and part-time freelance resume writer.
Fulltime RV living has been a goal of Thompson’s for many years, but one issue gave her pause about this lifestyle change…the “dreaded cat litter box.” Accommodating this critical pet product in her apartment was difficult and frustrating, and she couldn’t even imagine enduring the messes and bad odor in a motorhome.
Thompson did extensive research specific to the issue, including a failed two-year attempt to toilet train her cats, only to come away dissatisfied. During her research, she also discovered that over 2,000,000 tons of cat litter ends up in U.S. landfills each year!
“I got tired of dealing with stinky, unsanitary and bulky litter boxes and gave up on cat toilet training,” Thompson, said. So, she created a portable, space-saving and eco-friendly cat litter bowl, and soon realized that other cat owners would love this invention.
In the following year, Traci developed a CAD model and prototype, applied for a patent and trademark, drafted a business plan, and created a website, social media pages and a product demo video. “We’ve used our Kitty LitterBowl prototype ever since we created it.” Thompson said.
Thompson isn’t the only petrepreneur out of Florida…
Jonathan Warren, a surfer from West Palm Beach, Florida developed The MicroID™ Collar to win the inaugural PetSafe IdeaFetch pet product invention contest in 2006. The collar provides a way for pet lovers to place an electronic journal on a pet’s collar for storing pet and owner data. This amazing pet product is now sold online and in stores nationwide.
In December 2012, needing money to expand Chewy, Ryan Cohen traveled from Fort Lauderdale to Palo Alto in search of funding. Cohen’s relentlessness in securing capital resulted in one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing privately owned e-commerce companies, on track to book revenue of more than $1.5 billion in 2017.
Frustrated by the absence of quality dog foods in the market and a series of high profile industry recalls, two friends and life-long dog lovers began making their own dog food with all-natural ingredients based around a wild diet. Maverick Pet Foods, located in Hollywood, Florida, propelled Nature’s Kitchen® and Genesis RAW® into the upper echelons of the dog food world.
Miami veterinarian Barry Goldberg, DVM, launched EZ Vet, 50-square-foot veterinary clinics located inside of Pet Supply Stores. This start-up business follows the successful course of CVS Pharmacy’s Minute Clinic chain. Goldberg is expanding the business with three clinics in Florida and one in Virginia, and hopes to open 100 clinics over the next three years.
Wesley Benham of Bradenton, Florida invented Poo Butler, a convenient leash attachment to carry dog waste bags, after growing tired of carrying stinky poop bags. Benham launched sales of Poo Butler in January 2016. The leash attachment can be bought online or found at Nate’s Place Retail & Adoption Center in University Park, Pets Plus in Parrish and both Crowder Brothers’ Ace Hardware stores in Bradenton.
The State of Florida delivers innovative services and products for our furry friends!
Thompson is now seeking licensing opportunities for Kitty LitterBowl. Her email address is email@example.com.
We’ve been using the Kitty LitterBowl prototype for one week and couldn’t be happier; no lingering bad odor, no cat litter mess on the floor, no wasted cat litter, no time-consuming cleanup, and no working around a bulky cat litter box that sits on the floor! And, the cats are happy too.
Within four days, both cats were using Kitty LitterBowl on the toilet. Talk about hassle free training!
Our recent activities include creating brochures, making a demo video, developing a GoFundMe page, and entering invention contests on Edison Nation. Next on our to-do list is mailing letters and brochures to well-known environmentalists and celebrities to promote our GoFundMe page for start-up costs.
Please spread the word to friends and family members who may want to donate – Every little bit helps!
We’re looking forward to improving the lives of cats and their owners, as well as the environment. Stay tuned for PAW-esome updates!