Cat Lovers in the UK
IN a year when we have been encouraged to stay home more than ever, our furry family members have often added a very special and much needed different dimension to our lives.
The many benefits that pet ownership can bring are essential to the health and wellbeing of many and are being celebrated this month through National Pet Month.
Organised by the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) and Pet Food Manufacture Association (PFMA), National Pet Month (April 1 – May 3) brings together animal welfare charities, professional bodies, pet businesses, schools, youth groups and pet lovers as it aims to celebrate and raise awareness of responsible pet ownership.
Cats are the second most popular pets in the UK. It is estimated that there are some eight million pet pusses with five million households owning at least one!
While many moggies like, and are able, to wander at will outside, there are a large number who are housebound at least part of the time, making indoor toilet facilities a vital part of responsible pet ownership.
As bespoke contract manufacturers and packers, Grotech Production Ltd turns its hand to a wide range of chemical related goods and one such product we have been involved in developing is an anti-bacterial blue granule cat litter for potential sale in the UK. Our customer had a calcined clay granule that they wanted dyeing blue and impregnating with an anti-bacterial solution.
Granule production is one of our main processes at Grotech but this brief also required us to formulate the anti-bacterial solution ensuring it contained enough of the anti-bacterial agent to be effective bactericide while also being dark enough to stain the granule blue and able to dry sufficiently well to prevent the granules being sticky to the touch.
Having developed the formulation, we carried out lab trials followed by a pilot production trial. The anti-bacterial impregnated granules were mixed with another clay granule and filled into polythene sacks. The aim of the end product was to both absorb the cat’s urine in the litter tray while its anti-bacterial properties suppressed any odour.
Inconsistencies with the supplied granules meant the production process needed adapting to first sieve out and separate any oversize rogue granules and then adjust the water content in the anti-bacterial solution formulation to prevent them from becoming too soft and sticky.
During the development of the product some three tonnes of the original formulated granules were manufactured plus another five tonnes involving different variants with alternative granules, bactericides and colours. The end result? Sweet smelling bathroom facilities for the adored pets of cat lovers in the UK!
Do you have a product that needs a helping hand from experts in granule production? Grotech Production Ltd have more than 30 years’ experience in providing end to end bespoke chemical product development, manufacture and packing services. We are here to help you. Email us here or give us a call on 01405 761746.