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Flushable Kitty Toilet

The Ultimate Litter Box Or...?

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Self-cleaning litter boxes have been around for awhile, with mixed reviews, so it was with much interest that I read about the development of a flushable kitty toilet, which uses water for self-cleaning, much like your regular human toilet. True, some cats have been trained to sit on a human toilet to do their business, but it looks not only uncomfortable, but a bit undignified, to my point of view. Besides, to my knowledge, no one has surmounted the problem of flushing.

LitterFree , the new design recently announced by Pet Food Express, introduces a whole new concept in litter box maintenance. It uses washable granules instead of traditional litter, and the automatic cleaning process uses water to wash solid waste out and down your plumbing. It even has a blow-dry system to dry the granules in preparation for your cat's next use. If it works as well as the online demonstration shows, your cats will be lined up waiting their turn, and you'll never have to scoop again.

At $299 plus shipping, I have not had the opportunity to test this product, but I'd be interested in hearing from readers who have used it (or more appropriately, whose cats have used it.)

Press Release
SAN LEANDRO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE FEATURES)--April 4, 2001--
Petfoodexpress.com rolls out the first flushable kitty toilet, promising to help millions of cat owners who dread the most unpleasant task of caring for their furry family member -- cleaning the cat box. LitterFree(TM), a self-cleaning cat litter box -- hooked to your home's water and drainage system -- is available at the award winning national e-tailer, www.petfoodexpress.com. Retail price is $299.99. "This is the most innovative cat sanitation product I have seen in 20 years, and we are proud to be the first in the U.S. to offer it," said Michael Levy, president of Pet Food Express, a Northern California retailer and national online pet store.

LitterFree eliminates the need to scoop cat waste or frequently change used kitty litter. Washable, dust-free granules are automatically treated by a deodorizing, cleaning solution. There are 64 million pet cats in the U.S. in 32 million homes, according to the American Pet Product Manufacturers Association. More than eighty percent of cat owners have litter boxes.

"The product release follows four years of engineering and in-home testing with scores of cats and their owners," said Ady Simchoni, president of the distributing company, Pet-Centric, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. "LitterFree provides a much higher level of sanitation than conventional litter boxes," said Levy.

"In the future we expect LitterFree(TM) to become a household appliance like washers and dryers," said Simchoni. "We offer a full one-year warranty for labor and parts." "LitterFree could be a benefit for the physically challenged, the visually impaired, the elderly, people with immune system deficiencies, and of course pregnant women, who are advised by their doctors to avoid the litter box." said Levy.

Levy expects LitterFree will be a fast-selling item on his award-winning pet retail website, rated No. 1 by Gomez.com for Customer Confidence in the Online Pets Category. The 16-store Northern California retail business was awarded "Retailer of the Year in 1997 and Best Independent Retailer" for 1998 and 1999 by Pet Product News. "Pet Food Express has a reputation for always being on the cutting edge of pet specialty," he said.

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