Should we bring back litter box cleaning?

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by Jason Smith

While dog waste is usually an “out of sight, out of mind” issue, cat waste is very much “in your face.”

First of all, cats use litter boxes to do their business and most of the time, the litter box is located in your house.

Cat waste and cat urine can have strong pungent odors that deter most people from cleaning out the litter box. Pregnant women should avoid cleaning the litter box because of the risk of coming in contact with Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite that can cause a range of neurological disorders in an unborn fetus. That leaves husbands in charge of taking care of the cat waste.

The world has changed since the 1950’s, and while women also have entered the workforce, there still remains a number of men who feel it is their duty to provide for their wife and children. That means many men are overworked and the last thing they want to do when they come home from work is clean the litter box.

So the box goes uncleaned, meanwhile the stench and odor grows to a disturbing level warranting some action from somebody. That somebody could end up being your dog. The dog goes into the litter box and eats the cat poop…ew! Definitely not the solution you had in mind, is it?

Maybe it’s time to hire a professional pooper scooper.

For several years now, PetCorps Professional Pet Care has specialized in the cleanup and removal of dog waste from residential yards. Over the years, a handful of people asked us if we could clean up the litter box too.

Of course we can. We already do this for our pet sitting customers. How hard could it possibly be to introduce this as a standalone service?

Well, it’s possible that there wouldn’t be a big enough market for it. In order for us to even consider offering this service, there would need to be a serious need for it.

If we did offer this service, there are two ways to go about doing it.

Full Service Cleanings

Under the full service model, I would go to homes to scoop cat waste out of litter boxes. I would refresh the litter or change out and sanitize the boxes on those visits. The owner would be responsible for supplying a house key, the cat litter, litter boxes, and pooper scooper. We would also need access to a water source for washing and rinsing a soiled litter box. We will supply the cleaner.

Litter Box Exchange Service

Under the exchange service model, I would offer a customer three litter boxes that they could rent. Why three boxes? One box will be in use on the day of pick up, one box will be placed outside to be picked up by me, and the third box will be dropped off with fresh litter. I will take the picked up box back to my workspace to dump the soiled litter, sanitize the box, and refresh with litter so it is ready to return to the customer.

Under this model, I will supply the cat litter and the litter boxes. All of the necessary tools and equipment would be provided by me.

What do you think? Would you pay for litter box service? Why/why not?

Should we begin offering this service again in Central Kentucky?

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