$36.00 pledged of $20,000 goal
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$36.00 pledged of $20,000 goal
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About

Introducing Tail Toppers
Introducing Tail Toppers

Tail Toppers journey began about one year ago when I scored a dream job at a major toy company. I noticed that leaving my cat alone for over 12 hours a day had a toll on the overall quality of life for my kitty cat. He wasn't as frisky as he used to be. He was depressed.

I did some research and realized this was a major issue with many pets, and rightly so, I mean we're the only ones who are their whole lives. It's especially worse if your cat is an indoor animal at an apartment. I feel terrible. 

Further Research:

Its well known grabbing a cat or dog by the nape of its neck would almost put the animal in a hypnotic/ relaxed state. This is known as PIBI - Pinch-Induced-Behavioral-Inhibition.

I thought If I could only provide that elated feeling to my kitty throughout the day without being so intense... That's when i noticed when scratching my kitty by the base of its tail would relax and make him happy. I decided to do something about it. 

I knew that If i could create something that would sit on the base of the cat's tail, then it could possible relax him and also bring joy and a smile to my face.

Prototyping:

I started with a paint brush sketch-

Glasses with a mustache seemed like a natural fit for the design.
Glasses with a mustache seemed like a natural fit for the design.
Wireframe
Wireframe
Went through several iterations
Went through several iterations
Rendering
Rendering
Actual 3D print. Might be too small..
Actual 3D print. Might be too small..
Added some flare
Added some flare
Re-scaling and Modifying structural design.
Re-scaling and Modifying structural design.
2nd version 3D print
2nd version 3D print

What's Next For Development And Delivery

As mentioned above, I am working at a major toy manufacturing company, so I've been lucky enough to learn the ins and outs of product design.

I need your help. I want to bring awareness to the subject of pet depression and deliver a token with represents that. 

With your backing I will be able to make this happen. 

  • The funding will be used to developed a more secured fitting Tail Topper.
  • That means costs of paying the designer. 
  • The other funding will be used to retool the plastic mold injecting platform. 
  • Lastly packaging will be minimal in a plastic blister pack with a logo on it. It's encouraged to share pics of Tail Toppers on your pet on social media. 

Cost Breakdown:

Estimated Costs for PMI (Plastic Molding Injection)
Estimated Costs for PMI (Plastic Molding Injection)

$75/hr for experienced designer (Approx 10-15 hours for a few iterations).

$1000 for packaging (first time blister will cost extra for retooling, then will get significantly lower if re-used.)

$3,000 left on the budget for buffer room for unforeseen costs.

Funding Amounts

  • For $3: You get an official Tail Toppers Sticker
$3 Backing Reward
$3 Backing Reward
 
  • For $10: You get ONE Tail Topper! Plus Several Stickers.
  • For $50: You get THREE Tail Toppers! Plus Several Stickers.
  • For $100: You get FIVE Tail Toppers! Plus Several Stickers.
  • For $500: You get TEN Tail Toppers! Plus a personal Thank you letter with the shipment. Plus Several Stickers.
Tail Toppers
Tail Toppers

ABOUT ME

Hi. My name is Rick. I'm project manager at a major toy company. I have access to cool things like designers, artists and just inspiration all around me. When I saw I could create something which would help our best friends without a voice, I couldn't help myself. I'm fueled by passion. 

Pet depression is a real serious topic. If you ever saw that viral video where this guy leaves his dog home alone, its heartbreaking. Once seeing that you realize that your furry friend depends on you and doesn't really have any other interests except you!

This token, Tail Topper, is to bring awareness to the issue. Please consider backing.

Thanks

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk of course is if the world comes to an end or all of a sudden all the Plastic Mold Injection businesses close down.
I have a talented designer on deck for this project and I have a factory on deck ready to create this thing for mass market. If we meet the funding goals then it shouldn't be an issue.

I'm the type of person who sees everything I do to the end. I never give up.. Please check out my website http://101sys.co to see my other projects.

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    Pet Depression, especially for cats, is a serious subject which doesn't get the attention it deserves. With your backing of $3, you will get one tail topper sticker, to stick anywhere to raise awareness.

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Funding period

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