Thursday, May 29, 2008

All The Fuss Over a Place to Poop

We are in the middle of a litter box war and I don’t mean Boris against the three girls (although that does sometimes happen here). No, we are talking about the ridiculous lawsuit that the makers of the littermaid box, Saton, Inc., has brought against OurPets and a few other makers of self-cleaning litterboxes. As if their product is all that ingenious. It is really just a glorified rake attached to a motor with a sensor. Anyone with a soldering gun and a nearby Radio Shack could have come up with it. So what if someone else comes along and makes another one.

You know what their problem really is? They are ticked off that someone came along and improved on their idea. Their egos are bruised and they can’t handle the competition. So now they have to squash the little guy under their huge corporate heal before they are exposed for the uncaring conglomerate that they are.

Case in point. Salton makes one pet item. OurPets only makes pet products. Who is going to know what cats need more? Who is going to listen to their customers and make changes based on that feedback? OurPet’s that’s who! (We know that from experience. Boris has a SmartScoop box and we had some issues early on, but were assured they were making changes in future boxes. We even had our motor replaced without a hassle! That is more than I can say for my friend who went through two littermaids and not once did they offer to replace it under their warranty.)

We are very happy with our SmartScoop. It is well made, works and the company stands behind it. OurPets is a company that cares about pets and their people and they deserve our support through this legal mess.

If you want to know more about this lawsuit please go to for more information and tips on how you can help. You can also read the post over at which highlights all the finer points of which litterbox really is the best. I hope you’ll help spread the word and support OurPets. Even if you never used an automatic litter box or never will, I am pretty sure your cat would enjoy one of their Play-n-Squeak toys. Boris does.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008