How will the project funds be used?
We are raising funds on Kickstarter to cover the cost of the plastic molds that are required to mold the Purr-Fect Groomer.
Thank-you Kickstarter family for your sup
The following is a short video clip taken from our Floppycats review showing how the Groomer Discs work!
Why did we create the Purr-fect Groomer, and what are the benefits for cat owners of owning the Purr-Fect Groomer.
Like millions of people my wife and I were tired of continually having to deal with all the cat hair around our home. With a house of four cats we found ourselves sweeping and vacuuming all the time. We loved our cats but also wanted a way to reduce all the cat hair in our home. So I began thinking about a way to solve this problem. My home became my engineering and test lab. My original thought was if I could just get our cats to pass through a sticky paper or some kind of brush apparatus to get to their food they would groom themselves every time they ate and this would solve our cat hair problem. I first created a prototype using a thick cardboard panel and placed it in front of our laundry tub in our laundry room. I cut a 7.0" diameter hole in the center of the cardboard panel 10.0" up from the floor to allow our cats to step through the panel to get to their food and water, which I placed under our laundry tub. (See the drawing below). I then proceeded to develop the various different grooming discs and tested each method. The results of the testing determined that a felt like material was the best option as it was soft yet stiff enough to brush against the cat as they entered and exited the groomer. Through several years of research and development we discovered that when a cat's fur is groomed on a daily basis the loose cat hair that's on the surface of the cat's fur is removed so this cat hair doesn't end up on the carpet, rugs, furniture & clothes. In 2014 we officially named our product the Purr-Fect Groomer and the rest is history.
We have been testing our prototype in our home with our four cats over a period of two years where we saw amazing results! (Please see the photo below of two used Groomer Discs after just one week in the Purr-Fect Groomer). Because the Purr-Fect Groomer grooms your cat daily you will notice you have a lot less cat hair in your home.
Listed below are just a few reasons for owning the Purr-Fect Groomer:
1) Automatically grooms your cat's fur so it will reduce your need to brush your cat.
2) Disposable Groomer Discs for easy cleanup.
3) Integrated food and water dispensers for no mess feeding.
4) Less cat hair on your floors, furniture, carpet, and clothes.
5) Helps people who suffer with cat hair allergies.
6) Reduces those nasty hairballs.
7) Prevents your dog and toddler from getting into your cat's food.
Although the Purr-Fect Groomer was designed to reduce household cat hair it however was not designed to replace the brushing of your cat, but rather to control the amount of cat hair in your home between each time you brush your cat. It's a smart new way to groom your feline friends. We know you're going to love owning our new Purr-Fect Groomer.
Check out the Purr-Fect Groomer product review from the popular cat blog Floppycats: http://www.floppycats.com/?p=906242
How Does It Work?
As your cat enters the Purr-Fect Groomer to get to their food and water your cat goes through two soft grooming discs. These grooming discs groom your cat’s fur and removes the loose hair every time your cat enters and exits the Purr-Fect Groomer. There are two grooming discs in the Purr-Fect Groomer so your cat will be groomed twice going in and twice coming out of the Purr-Fect Groomer. The loose cat hair that your cat sheds is now captured and removed by the grooming discs so this cat hair doesn't end up in your home. When the grooming discs are full you simply throw them away and replace them with new ones.
We designed the Purr-Fect Groomer to contain both a food and water dispenser which makes it very easy for you to feed and water your cat(s). The clear lid design allows plenty of light in the unit so you can see if your cat is inside the Purr-Fect Groomer and if they need more food or water. You can see our new product design here on Kickstarter or on our website at www.purr-fectgroomer.com. The Purr-Fect Groomer also contains two Groomer Discs that are placed about 4.0" apart in the entrance of the Purr-Fect Groomer, so your cat will be groomed twice going in and twice coming out of the Purr-Fect Groomer. It's therefore a highly effective grooming system for grooming your cat(s). The size, although compact, has plenty of room for your larger cats. We kept the design more compact so those who own smaller homes or live in apartments can also own the Purr-Fect Groomer because of it's compact design. (The replacement cost of the Groomer Discs will only cost you about $.25 per day to keep your home free of cat hair.)
How often do I need to replace the Groomer Discs?
The average replacement time for replacing the Groomer Discs is dependent upon the number of cats you have in your home. If you have 1-2 cats (8) Groomer Discs will last you about 60 days, if you have 3-4 cats it's about 30-45 days.
Estimated Completion Timeline
June 30, 2016 - Complete Kickstarter Campaign.
July 15, 2016 - Receive funds from Kickstarter.
August 1, 2016 - Receive mold design drawings from mold supplier.
September 10, 2016 - Complete molds, supplier air ships first article sample to us for approval.
September 20, 2016 - Approve samples and make any adjustments to the mold.
November 15, 2016 - Ship final product to us.
December 15, 2016 - Receive final product.
December 16-19, 2016 - Ship product to our Kickstarter family.
What are the risks and challenges that come with completing our project, and how will we overcome them?
Risks and challenges
There are risks in every venture, however with the proper planning and execution these risks can be minimized. The major challenges we face is making sure we deliver to our Kickstarter customers the highest quality product on time. In order to make sure this happens, we will oversee every aspect of our supplier's mold design and manufacturing procedures for building the plastic molds, and their quality control and manufacturing steps for producing the Purr-Fect Groomer. We will require that our supplier send us a weekly progress report so we can monitor their progress. If we find that the schedule is not being met, we will require that our supplier give us their detailed plans for bring the project back on schedule, which will also include working overtime hours if necessary. We will oversee this project from start to finish to make sure our customers receive the very best quality and their product is delivered to them on time.You can follow us on our Facebook page
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