October 13, 2014


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The cat who inspired it all

Jackson the blind cat inspired a business that helps beloved cats everywhere. As Jackson got older, his eye sight took a turn for the worst, making it difficult for him to find the litter box. He eventually went blind. Not only was this uncomfortable for Jackson, but our family as well. As Jackson continued to LG struggle making his way to the litter box, we were constantly right behind him cleaning up. However, this wasn't enough of a reason to give up. He wasn't just a cat, he was part of our family. He rode along on family trips and made lasting impressions on everyone he met. Refusing to give up on our blind companion, we knew something had to be done---Litter Getter was born.

Get to know LG's Founders

JP | Raised on a farm in Eastern Nebraska, JP is proud of his heritage. His family has been farming the same ground for 142 years. He received an outstanding education in Agriculture and was fortunate to also follow his dream of studying abroad in France. After receiving his MBA, he was extremely thankful for the opportunity he had to work with some of the biggest business' in the world doing management consulting. However, he realized it wasn't what he was passionate about. He traded in his suit and tie for blue jeans and boots and followed his passion for Agriculture. JP stands by his grandpa's philosophy “Take care of the ground and it'll take care of you.”

Sam | Born in Uzbekistan, Sam came to the United States at the age of 16 to pursue an American education. The brave decision to move across the world was the driving force behind his ambition and determination. Sam uses his knowledge and charisma to navigate Litter Getters's future to become the leading provider of cat litter training solutions.

RETHINK YOUR CAT'S LITTER BOX PROBLEM: Urinary Tract Infections in Cats

Cat urine can be wicked. What's more wicked? The fact that 1.4 million healthy and adoptable cats are euthanized every single year. Sadly, the number one reason cats are left at an animal shelter is improper urination. Some veterinarians even cite 90% of cat visits are related to urinary issues. What does this mean for you? That your cat's litter box issue may not be behavior-related at all.

While we won't take the place of a good veterinarian, we are here at Litter Getter pride ourselves on staying informed and educating cat owners around the globe on proper care. We've discussed potential behavioral issues which lead to litter box challenges. However, your cat's litter box problem may actually be a health problem.

While your cat may be the most low-maintenance family member, you should know his plumbing parts are pretty finicky. Feline kidneys are genetically weak. Additionally, cats are prone to dehydration. These combined issues make for a dangerous effect in the kidneys, bladder, and entire urinary system. The illness is called by many names including Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS), Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Idiopathic Cystitis and Feline Interstitial Cystitis. The condition affects cats of all ages, it's found most often in middle-aged and over-weight cats. Also, cats that have experienced one UTI are likely to be affected by more episodes later in life.

First, let's look at some causes of UTIs in cats:

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- Changes in the environment

- A variation in food type

- A completely dry-food diet

- Accumulation of crystals in the bladder

- Infection in the bladder

- Endocrine diseases

- Poor genetic traits

Determining the cause of your cat's UTI can help prevent new episodes. If you suspect he may already have an infection, here are some things to look for:

- Straining or an inability to urinate normally

- Blood found in urine.

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- Increased water consumption

- Unusual sluggishness

- A hardened abdomen

- Consistent licking of urinary areas.

Depending on your cat's particular issue, the vet may recommend a number of solutions including antibiotics, pain medication and diet changes. In severe cases, surgery may be required. It's important to seek medical attention to know the details of you cat's condition. Also be sure to learn about Litter Getter's natural solutions here.




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