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About this project

LitterPal Quick-Bags is a simpler and smarter system for cleaning the cat litter box. LitterPal is cleaner, greener and easier than any other box scooping method. As a cat owner who scoops, you already know the challenges. You might try plastic grocery bags, searching in vain for a used bag that won't leak. You probably struggle to hold the bag open while scooping. Or, you may dump the box contents all at once, wasting expensive litter in the process. LitterPal Quick-Bags is the solution for all of these problems.

 

Scooping the cat litter box: it's not fun! But LitterPal works in several ways to make this everyday chore fast and easy. 

1. LitterPal is a simple container that ships flat, but expands easily into a portable litter scooping receptacle. Just give it a squeeze to set it up.

2. LitterPal is a convenient "tissue-style" bag dispenser for Quick-Bags, which are specially designed bio-bags made from earth-friendly cornstarch. Because cornstarch absorbs odors naturally, Quick-Bags are great at reducing odors. We also added a gentle scent to the formulation, so the bags actually smell great too. 

3. LitterPal is a convenient, hygienic holder for your litter scoop, keeping it off the floor and away from household surfaces. 

LitterPal is not itself a litter box. Instead, it lives next to your existing litter box to make cleaning simple, fast and easy. LitterPal also looks great in your home. With a variety of decorator designs, there’s no need to hide it from guests.  

Unlike complicated sifting systems or robotic cleaners, LitterPal is for those of us who depend on the humble scoop! But scooping needs to be easier, less messy and less wasteful of litter and plastic. About 75% of us are using plastic grocery bags or other improvised bagging methods. But that can be frustrating! Most bags won’t stay open while you scoop, they often break or leak, they don’t contain odors, and they’re not very earth friendly. LitterPal Quick-Bags is the solution to all of those problems.

 

Begin by opening your Starter Kit and removing the LitterPal container. Just give it a light squeeze to expand the box. Drop in the included Quick-Bags refill dispenser. Slide the stabilizer frame onto the top of the box. Pull up a fresh Quick-Bag and you are ready to scoop. When you’re done, dispose of the old bag and pull a fresh bag from the dispenser. Place your litter scoop into LitterPal and now you are ready for the next cleaning. 

 

 

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Risks and challenges

The LitterPal Quick-Bags project has considerably less risk for backers than many other innovative projects, for the following reasons:

1. LitterPal uses no new or experimental technologies. It simply combines many great ideas into a new solution. The expanding box uses basic principles of origami, and compostable bags already exist. However, there are some new fabrication techniques and production methods that have been created for LitterPal, which does create some modest amount of risk.

2. Because LitterPal evolved from an earlier product from the same team, our manufacturing partners have production dies, art plates and detailed specifications ready to go. The LitterPal prototypes shown above are fully-functional, giving us a high level of confidence in the production version.

3. As far as ensuring timely delivery of items to backers, there is some risk of small delays related to manufacturing and assembly during the various holiday periods. We should know more about these potential timing conflicts soon, if any. However, there is no risk of delays related to the design of LitterPal, since this aspect of the project has already been completed.

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    Calico

    First mover level: receive a complete LitterPal Quick-Bags Starter Kit, which includes the expanding receptacle, bag refill cartridge and stabilizer frame.

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    Receive one (1) complete LitterPal Quick-Bags Starter Kit, which includes the expanding receptacle, bag refill cartridge and stabilizer frame.

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    Calico Plus (includes 3 Refills)

    First mover level: receive a complete LitterPal Quick-Bags Starter Kit, which includes the expanding receptacle, bag refill cartridge and stabilizer frame, PLUS 3 bag refills, for a total of 100 bags.

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    Tuxedo 2-Fer (Limited)

    Early bird: receive two (2) complete LitterPal Quick-Bags Starter Kits, each including the expanding receptacle, bag refill cartridge and stabilizer frame. Two DIFFERENT box designs will be chosen for you.

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    Tuxedo 2-Fer

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    Tortie Trio (Limited)

    Early bird: receive three (3) complete LitterPal Quick-Bags Starter Kits, each including the expanding receptacle, bag refill cartridge and stabilizer frame. Three DIFFERENT box designs will be chosen for you.

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    Tortie Trio

    Receive three (3) complete LitterPal Quick-Bags Starter Kits, each including the expanding receptacle, bag refill cartridge and stabilizer frame. Three DIFFERENT box designs will be chosen for you. Includes a total of 75 bags.

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    Kit'n Kaboodle (3 + 3) (Limited)

    Receive three (3) complete LitterPal Quick-Bags Starter Kits, each including the expanding receptacle, bag refill cartridge and stabilizer frame. Three DIFFERENT box designs will be chosen for you. Also includes three bag refill cartridges, for a total of 150 bags.

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    Kit'n Kaboodle (3 Kits & 3 Refills)

    Receive three (3) complete LitterPal Quick-Bags Starter Kits, each including the expanding receptacle, bag refill cartridge and stabilizer frame. Three DIFFERENT box designs will be chosen for you. Also includes three bag refill cartridges, for a total of 150 bags.

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    Super Kaboodle (3 Kits & 6 Refills)

    Receive three (3) complete LitterPal Quick-Bags Starter Kits, each including the expanding receptacle, bag refill cartridge and stabilizer frame. Three DIFFERENT box designs will be chosen for you. Also includes six bag refill cartridges, for a total of 225 bags.

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    Mega Kaboodle (3 Kits & 9 Refills)

    Receive three (3) complete LitterPal Quick-Bags Starter Kits, each including the expanding receptacle, bag refill cartridge and stabilizer frame. Three DIFFERENT box designs will be chosen for you. Also includes nine bag refill cartridges, for a total of 300 bags.

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