A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
I am a cat lover from when I was 8 years old and the neighbors gave me a kitten from their litter. "Snooper" was a wonderful friend that loved to sit on my lap and listen to all of my stories. I now have Yahoo and Google, my current "search" engines. Our neighbors found them in the woods by their house and they needed a good home.
Why City Kitty Collections?
I have two reasons for starting this company. First, every time I get out a box or suitcase my two cats climb in. They like confined spaces and somewhere to snuggle. I am optimistic that most cats would love a beautiful and cozy bed of their own. Second, I have always thought that most of the pet products on the market were very plain and cheap looking. I am designing a line of beautiful products that people are going to be proud to have in their home. They will be made by hand in the United States.
I believe that there are many cat owners like me who love their cats and would be excited to have a beautiful piece of cat furniture in their home. My two product testers, Yahoo and Google (pictured below), love napping in their beds and running in and out playing hide and seek from each other.
The journey (thus far...)
Six months ago I designed a pattern and began making and testing my cat beds. The initial concept used bamboo sticks to hold up the fabric on the outside. I took them to two craft fairs and people that didn’t even have pets came up and told me how attractive they were. I sold all of them and decided that I was onto something!
However, I received some feedback that people were concerned that their cats would bite the bamboo sticks because they were exposed on the outside. So, I redesigned the beds so that the sticks are inside fabric sleeves and are made of sturdy plastic.
Since the craft fairs, I have been tweaking the design and getting the rest of my company set up. I've done everything from sourcing boxes and bags, choosing shipping and credit card software, meeting with the graphic and web designer, setting up the accounting (of all things) and so much more.
My initial offering will be one design of the cat bed in 10 beautiful fabric options. I plan on growing the business to add additional designs and other products such as matching scratching posts, placemats, bowls and other tasteful products.
Following are some of our current models:
Your generous funding will allow me to invest in the awesome fabrics that I have discovered and begin to make the beautiful beds that I am envisioning. Also, by taking orders I will find out what fabrics my future customers will want to buy.
I am excited to launch this Kickstarter campaign. The campaign is the primary way I will begin to get the word out on the products and see if they will sell. My goal is to finish the campaign mid May, and begin to fulfill orders in late May.
Risks and challenges
Of course there are always risks in starting a business. Scalability is one aspect I'm very conscious of, but for now I believe that I can match production of products ordered. I have a very experienced and successful company ready for my orders.
I've already been through one prototype revision and I think that process and experience will serve me well as I get feedback about the beds. Also, my cats have been product testing the beds. They seem sturdy and the right size. I am open to and looking forward to feedback from others on how the beds last and whether their cats like them, and if I can make any improvements.