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UK cat lovers up in arms over bottom falling out of cat litter supply

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A nationwide lack of home-brand cat litter has caused cat owners to bear down on Twitter to voice their frustrations. The UK's biggest supplier went bust in November of last year.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 20/01/2020, 19:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:34

Quiet and yet surprisingly disruptive, the takeover of manufacturer Bob Martin by Pets Choice Ltd has led to a dearth of supermarket-brand cat litter, forcing some shoppers to pay twice as much as usual for alternative brands.

Providing pet products since 1892, Bob Martin (UK) Ltd went into administration late last year but was able to continue most of its operations due to a successful acquisition by Pets Choice. However, it would seem an element of contractual disruption has caused the manufacture and supply of cat litter to grind to a halt.

Bare shelves

The shelves of Tesco, Morrison's and Sainsbury's have been laid bare in recent weeks. Alternative-brand cat litter is available, but according to some owners, costs twice as much as the shops' own brand.

Frustrated cat owners have now deluged Twitter to demand the return of cheap outhouse grain. Some shoppers have complained that they are not able to afford the alternative brands.

Why have the shelves been empty for weeks I can't afford double price alternatives?” said one tweep. According to The Mirror, another took to the socials to complain that her cat would use nothing except ultra-clumping cat litter.

In light of the numerous outpourings, supermarkets have down-played the problem.  Asda and Tesco told customers they were working to clean up the situation as quickly as possible; Sainsbury's “apologised for the inconvenience caused to customers.”

Morrison's admitted to there being a problem with supplies, but also told one customer that its own brand cat litter had been “discontinued”.

Back to normal “in the coming weeks”

None of the big names was able to say when manufacture and supply would be back to normal, although a spokesperson for Pets Choice told The Mirror, “Pets Choice/Bob Martin are pleased to confirm that all listings with major customers have now been instated after the transition period following on from the company changes in November."

Bob Martin pride themselves in making quality healthcare products and can confirm that Felight Cat Litter is now available to all retailer.

As such, distribution of this product will be back to normal in the coming weeks.”