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      26.01.2013 10:41
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      A great Bob Martin Product

      We moved house a few months ago and in all honesty found it quite stressful, we had all the usual worries such as will we settle well into our new home? And will we be moving next door to lovely neighbours or ones from hell? Luckily everything went (fairly) smoothly, we did indeed settle in well and our neighbours seem nice enough. Unfortunately the same can't be said for our cat who didn't settle quite so well nor did he get on particularly well with the feline neighbours, in partiular a huge big black cat who seemed intent on picking on our poor cat. Our cat decided the best way of dealing with this pesky black cat was to avoid him altogether and sadly this means that he goes outside much less these days. So this ment he needed a litter tray and I also bought this Bob Martin Scoop which I am reviewing today.

      I picked this litter scoop up in Asda in the pet isle, i chose this particular scoop quite simply because it was the only one available. I had however bought products from the Bob Martin range in the past and had never been disappointed with them, so I was more than happy to buy this brand again, plus it was priced at just 78p so it was pretty inexpensive.

      The scoop has very simple packaging, it has a small piece of cardboard attached to it which gives the brand and product name along with the barcode and a simple cat picture. Bob Martin states that this scoop is "easy to use, stylish and robust".

      According to Bob Martins website the scoop is available in grey and light blue, my local asda only had the blue, but I didn't really find this to be an issue, as long as the product does the job it is intended to do the colour is fairly insignificant. The handle is easy to hold and sufficiently long, there is a hole at the top should you need to hang it up, although I just store mine in the utility cupboard alongside the cat lit. The main part of the scoop is a square shape but with rounded edges and has a total of 14 rectangular holes. The holes are of a perfect size which allows the waste to be scooped up well with the excess cat lit being sieved through efficiently. This means that less cat lit is unnessesarily disposed of which is not only good for the enviroment but also makes bags of cat lit go that little bit further. The curved edges ensures everything stays on the scoop and I have never experienced any spillage.

      I have been using the scoop for around five months now and have have no problems with it.The plastic is of a good quality and its thickness means it is unlikely to snap or split easily. It is strong, sturdy and as promised "robust" so I can see it lasting for sometime to come. 

      Maintenance of the cat lit tray is not my favorite chore but the Bob Martin scoop makes it that little bit easier so I believe it was 78p well spent.

      A matching Bob Martin litter tray is also available but in my opinion a large washing up bowl works just fine anyways.

      The Bob Martin Cat Litter Scoop is available in most large supermarkets and pet shops.

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        22.07.2012 10:04
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        A great scoop that offers excellent value for money..!

        Whilst not the most pleasant of subjects, cat litter - and the various deposits with which it has to deal with - are topics that ARE of use to cat owners as such items can be quite expensive and leave us with an expensive 'pet care' bill at the end of each grocery shop. Anybody who regularly reads my reviews will be well aware by now that I have a very elderly feline at home with me who is much loved and adored. She is 19 years old - a grand age for any feline, but this impressive age brings with it a variety of health complaints and ailments, one of which is unfortunately renal failure.

        An unfortunate side effect of feline renal failure is an increased thirst, which in turn means an increase in the amount of urine passed daily of course. This means that my girl's litter trays and assorted 'toilet-related paraphernalia' have much more to contend with in the way of wear and tear than those belonging to a younger and healthier feline.

        I noticed recently that the two 'pooper scoopers' that I owned were looking decidedly worse for wear, with some of the 'slatted' sections on one of my scoops having become cracked and breaking off in one section, which caused a small opening in the main body of the scoop. As the purpose of such items is of course to scoop pet 'droppings' and clumped cat litter from the tray into a bag or other waste receptacle, it became apparent that the hole in my existing scoop was preventing this task from being carried out correctly.

        I noticed the perfect replacement whilst doing my grocery shopping in a local branch of Asda. Whilst selecting various treats and cat foods for my girl, I noticed a small selection of 'pet care' items in the same aisle, among which was a small quantity of plastic scoops by the well-known pet care brand Bob Martin. I could see the plastic scoops were available in a choice of two colours, a blue shade and a sort of silver/grey.

        Inspecting the scoop, I could see that it looked to fit my requirements perfectly; it looked to be fairly hard-wearing and the plastic looked to be quite robust and thick, so I was confident it would withstand regular use in dealing with my cat's toilet deposits. Furthermore, I was impressed to note that the product was subject to a "Roll Back" offer in Asda at the time, making it incredible value for money, costing a mere 45 pence. With that, my decision was made and the scoop duly purchased.

        The item has been used at least twice a day since purchased, and is showing absolutely no signs of wear and tear thus far. It is worth pointing out that the Bob Martin Scoop has changed slightly in its shape and appearance from that shown in the picture at the top of the Dooyoo page here. The slightly 'rectangular' appearance of the scoop is no more, and the 'boxy' look to it has been replaced by a more rounded overall shape. The scoop is square-like in its shape, but with more rounded sides which give it something of a modernised image.

        I have found that the 'spacing' on the Bob Martin Scoop is ideal, with just enough space between the slatted gaps on the scoop being present to allow any unused litter to escape back into the tray when droppings have been scooped up; this helps to prevent wastage of clean litter which is very welcome as my cat litter costs in the region of £9 per bag..!

        I have found too that the plastic scoop is as high quality as I had first expected; the plastic is certainly thick and sturdy which gives it a robust feel and I am confident it will last me a reasonable amount of time as a result. However, I think it is worth noting that even though the plastic scoop feels robust and sturdy, there is nothing particularly 'heavy' or cumbersome when using the product. The process of scooping unwanted droppings or clumped litter from the cat's litter tray is in no way hindered by the use of the scoop, which would make it pretty useless in my book.

        Washing the Bob Martin Scoop is quick and easy, and I generally wash my scoops along with the cat litter trays using a diluted disinfectant type solution. This helps to keep the items free from germs and sparkly clean. A quick wipe down will dry the scoop effectively, but on a sunny (or dry) day I will often just place the washed out litter tray and scoop outside and let it air dry.

        All in all, I am quite pleased with the performance of the Bob Martin Litter Scoop and think it is a good quality item that carries out its intended tasks effectively and without fuss. I would say too that the price I paid for the item offers excellent value for money and I have no complaints either about the quality or hard-wearing nature of the item. The scoop is highly recommended from me and I would repurchase it again in the future.

        Bob Martin products are widely available in good pet shops and major supermarkets such as Asda.

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        19.07.2012 13:10
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        A handy product for a cat owner

        As a recent cat owner I have had to stock up on a whole heap of cat related items of course. For my kitten Myrtle I went out and bought a cat litter tray that included liners and a scoop already but having owned previous cats in the past I decided to purchase a spare scooper as I know how easy it it to mislay things and this....well you really shouldn't and its an item that we tend to use rather alot!

        I bought my scooper in Pets At Home for £1.49 which I thought for a Bob Martins product was good value.

        I spotted this only in the dark blue colour as shown on the review photograph at the top of this page and in a silver colour, both made of plastic and I went for the silver. Its nothing special to look at and very plain in fact but of course this is meant to be a functional product!

        As I have said this is made of all plastic and like a mini spade with small holes though it. Its about 6 inches in length and the handle is slim and comfortable to hold, the scoop section is wide and goes into the tray rather flat and all you do is scoop the poop with it!

        I find not a lot to go through the holes of this and its great at picking up messes. Its easy to wash after using it or to wipe it clean and I like the fact that this is robust but still a bit flexible in use. It has a hanging hole to one end and although as I previously mentioned I have another scoop this one I usually go for. Scooping the poop is never going to be a fav thing of mine to do but this does makes the task thankfully a bit easier!

        Available in all good supermarkets and pet stores etc.

        This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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          18.07.2012 09:44
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          I don't tend to use this much

          I have 2 cats who are mainly indoor animals who use a litter tray. Obviously if the tray is not scooped every day it soon becomes smelly which is not nice for either the cats or humans. The Bob Martin poop scoop costs around £1 and I picked one up in the supermarket while doing my weekly shop.

          There's nothing special about this poop scoop, it's a simple design with a handle around 4 inches in length and a slotted shovel at the end to get down into the litter tray and go digging for treasure. It's comfortable to hold and easy enough to use.

          I currently use a wood pellet based litter and it is useless for dealing with this. When wood based litter is wet then it disintegrates into little flecks and these immediately fall through the holes in the scoop instead of staying on the shovel so they can be disposed of. It obviously picks up poop but the larger pellets of wood based litter do not fall through the holes, you can shake a few off the sides but you lose a lot of clean littler along with the nasties.


          It is useful using this scoop with the granule based litter as you can pick up the poop and the granules fall through the holes as they are meant to. It is even better with a clumping litter as you can pick up the big clumps easily and just place them in a rubbish bag.


          The scoop is easy to clean using a mild detergent and a sponge although it is a little fiddly getting into all the nooks and crannies. Personally I find cleaning the scoop so disgusting that I rarely use it and prefer just to use inside out poo bags to spot clean the litter tray as it is cleaner and easier.

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          17.07.2012 09:43
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          Makes the nasty job so much easier

          I bought this scoop from Asda a month or so ago when we first got our kitten. Obviously, being a kitten he is an indoor kitten for now so he uses his litter tray. Initially because I'd forgotten to get a scoop I was using a plastic bag to pick it up and then dispose of it but I found that this way meant that I was also picking up a lot of litter and sometimes I wouldnt be able to get everything in one go so would have to do it twice so it was a bit of a nuisance.

          When in Asda I knew that I needed to get a scoop of some kind so I went into the pet aisle to see if they had any, otherwise planning to stop off at Pets at Home on the way back. Luckily they had scoops in Asda, this was the only brand available so this is the one I got! I was a bit disappointed they only had the scoop in grey as lots of brands offer different colours but ultimately it was what I needed and a reasonable price so I got one. I cant remember the exact price but I've got a feeling it was £1.50 or so which I think is very reasonable.

          The scoop comes as it is with no wrapping, it does have a swing tag attached to the handle which I removed when I got home. It looks different to the picture above with the handle being about six inches long and the scoop being about 4 inches wide and 3 inches tall. It has a more rounded shape to the scoop and is grey in colour. The holes to 'drain' what you collect are about 1/3 inch wide and about 1 1/2 inches long.

          Using the scoop is very simple. You simply scoop up what you need to, give the scoop a bit of a shake to get rid of the excess litter and then dispose of what you have collected. The scoop is shaped well so that it is easy to use and I find it very easy to pick up what I need to, even if it is in a corner.

          Because of the scoops job it does sometimes end up a little bit dirty. However, it is really easy to clean, I just give it a wipe with a bit of kitchen roll soaked in hot water and then wipe it clean. The smoothness of the scoop makes it very easy to get everything off and it is literally a two second task.

          I've had the scoop for over a month now and have used it probably at least 60 times. The scoop still looks good as new. Yes, it does get a bit dirty and also dusty from the litter but a quick wipe over and its fine. I find it does the job I need it to do really well and its easy to seperate the extra litter from what needs to be disposed of. I definitely dont need a new one at this point but when I do I will certainly return to the Bob Martin brand because I think this scoop does its job very well!

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            16.07.2012 21:07
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            Generic litter scoop, does the job.

            Okay folks so as you all know by now especially if you've taken a gander at my profile or read some of my reviews, I am the owner of 5 indoor guinea pigs who quite frankly are my babies and as such they are rather spoilt, each of my pairs living in 7ft long cages and my single boy having his own 2 floor apartment; they are also bedded on soft fleece blankets instead of the traditional woodshavings and I think they have life pretty cushty.

            Whilst they adore the feel of the fleece on their little tootsies (I can tell due to their popcorns after clean out time when their cages are clean as a whistle) unfortunately hay and hair tends to stick to the fleece in vast quantities, despite me using hayracks and litter trays to try and contain it. Due to the nature of fleece I find I have to spot clean the cages at least once a day; this usually involves just shovelling up the poops to keep everything looking tidy and for this job I use a generic cat litter scoop, the holes of which are small enough to stop the poo from dropping straight through. Using this method means that I don't have to faff about with a pair of gloves (you know, the snappy surgical kind) or a dustpan and brush. Come clean out day I also use the scoop to beat the fleeces (in the vain attempt to knock off all the loose hair and hay dust) as well as to scrape off pesky pieces of hay that are intent on staying on the fleece and assasinating my washing machine.

            This scoop in particular is just your average bog standard variety, it is made of plastic and like the dooyoo picture mine also happens to be navy blue in colour, Bob Martin is a pretty cheap pet brand with mediocre products (sorry Bob!) but this scoop does what it's meant to...it scoops. The plastic is durable enough though if you are to stand on it of course you'll crack it or cause it to break in 2; I picked mine up for a quid at a pound shop, can't complain for the price and should I break it, it's easily replaced. Should you need to wash it all you have to do is give it a quick wipe down or run it under the tap. For a litter scoop it's pretty darn good, but then again most litter scoops tend to be quite much the same; it's simple and it works - makes cleaning my cages so much quicker and easier, sorted!

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            16.07.2012 13:25
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            A must-have for cat owners

            One of the joys of being a cat owner, is the cleaning of the litter tray. It has to be done, it can't be avoided, and it's a more regular chore if your cat is an indoor cat as mine is. To help with this task, we have the Bob Martin cat litter scoop. We've had this scoop for as long as we've had our cat, so if anything it is long lasting, and in as good condition now as it was when I bought it. It only costs a couple of pounds from most pet stores, I got mine from Pets At Home which is where I went and excitedly bought all my cat's bits and pieces when I found out we were bringing him home. I've since seen these in the pet aisle in supermarkets, costing around £1 which is a bargain.

            Most people are intelligent enough to work out what this is used for, but to spell it out, this item helps to scoop out the bits of your cat's litter which have been "used", leaving the rest of the litter untouched thus avoiding the need to change ALL the litter every time. If you completely replaced the litter each time your cat used the toilet, you'd be skint quite frankly. I tend to use this scoop to get rid of the worst, and then give it a proper clean and change a few times a week. This way, it's not costing me a fortune, but is still hygienic without causing nasty pongs.

            The scoop is plastic, but like I said it's sturdy because we've had ours for years and have never changed it. It doesn't buckle under the weight of the litter, but is solid and makes life easier when transporting litter to wherever you're moving it to (in our case, a newspaper followed by a carrier bag followed by the outside bin!). It has rectangular shaped gaps in it, which allow the litter which hasn't been used to fall through and back into the litter box. This minimises wastage of litter which hasn't been used.

            This scoop is very easy to clean, I clean ours whenever I'm cleaning the litter tray, otherwise it can end up with undesirable stains which aren't the nicest thing to see first thing in the morning. I use washing up liquid and whatever cloth or scourers we have hanging around (which I then dispose of afterwards obviously!).

            I'm not sure how much difference there is between different brands of litter scoop, but you really can't go wrong with this one. It has quite deep sides to it, so you don't end up with cat litter going all over the floor - who needs that first thing in the morning? Or at any time for that matter. I would highly recommend this to anyone getting kitted out for a new kitty (no pun intended), as it will be one of the best things you'll buy to make life easier for yourself.

            (This review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)

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            14.07.2012 15:18
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            A simple scoop to remove cat poop from litter

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            As the owner of three rather eccentric cats I seem to be forced to have a huge box of kitty litter in my utility room despite the fact that we have an entire garden and farm fields for them to use. Our ancient beast has decided that she has become an inside cat and if I don't provide said litter box she goes where she thinks it should be. She also goes in other places if she is feeling sufficiently annoyed by the lack of suitably clean toilet facilities.

            One of them is actually a normal cat and does disappear elsewhere but another extremely large very pretty beast has decided that seeing as I am providing such a lovely toileting facility that she also needs to come in to use it. Yes you did read that correctly she actually comes in specifically to use the litter box.

            Neither of them like a dirty litter box and while pretty one will spend minutes burying her offerings, lazy ancient beast has also decided that she is too delicate to bother burying hers so poops in the box and walks off. This means that after she has been the smell carries through the house very quickly and I rush through to remove her little gift and frantically spray the area with Oust or the like the try and remove the offending odour.

            Now in order to remove said offerings I use a little scoop which was something I bought years ago. It is a very simple spade like thing made of plastic with holes in the spoon part. The handle is only short, maybe about ten inches and the spade part is about the size of a child's bucket and spade, spade. . There are holes closest to the front of the scoop which are a little bigger than those in a colander and it goes back the holes become slits the same width as the holes but obviously long and slim as it goes back towards the handle.
            The idea being that you scoop out the poop leaving behind as much of the kitty litter as you can shake through the holes. Ancient beast's offerings are easy to see as they are perched on top but because they have not been buried they are tricky to gather as they have not had the chance to be dried out by the litter. This is a job I loathe but my husband refuses to do as he says I wanted the cats. One came from one of his daughters and the other two from another of his daughters so I am not quite sure how I came to be wanting them but still...

            Anyway back to scooping the poop. Large cat does poops that a human would be proud of so they take some collecting. I have to do this at least twice a day. So I have managed to get the poop and now my method of disposal is to flush them down the toilet which requires as much kitty litter removed as possible prior to this.
            I then use the toilet brush and bleach to clean any left overs from the scoop before storing it hidden behind the litter box in the U room. Every few days I give it a good bleach scrub and leave it in the sun outside in order to make sure it stays as clean as possible.

            I really cannot believe I have written a review on a bit of plastic for pooping scoop but it was a challenge and I felt I needed to rise to the challenge.

            Thanks for indulging me. This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name if i am not embarrassed to repost! I give it five stars for it design and usefulness rather than its excitement or the fact that I have to use it at all.
            ©Catsholiday

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              31.01.2012 13:56
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              A good quality litter scoop from Bob Martin.

              We have a cat who is an indoor cat and therefore she has a couple of litter trays & cat toilets throughout our home. We have two at the moment so that she can always access one wherever in the house she is. We tend to change these every 4 or 5 days as a general rule and in between we will scoop out mess and top up with litter as required. We use a litter scoop for this and we have two different ones that are both kept cleaned after use and clipped in to a place on the litter trays so they are always available to hand.

              I do not recall exactly how much this litter scoop cost us as we purchased it over a year ago but I believe it was in the region of £1.50, possibly slightly less, from Sainsburys, and I purchased it because we were going to be getting a kitten. We now have that kitten and she is a fully grown large cat and therefore has the needs of a large cat and visits the toilet quite often.

              This scoop is a blue plastic one, it has a fairly thick handle with a groove in the back to make holding it comfortable and there are some cut out shapes in the actual scoop part. This allows us to pick up the mess, give it a gentle shake, and remove the litter that would usually be thrown away. This is fantastic as with the other scoop that we had originally we were using up lots more litter just by putting it in the bin for mess.

              I find that this scoop works quite well, it allows me to remove waste and even when I remove heavy urine sodden litter it holds up well, does not bend and nothing has been broken on it in the past 1 year or so. Overall I am pleased with this for the low price, it is great with the litter we use and allows us to scoop litter without having to touch it. It is simple to shower clean in hot water and then leave upturned to drip dry in the sink.

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              29.09.2011 18:04
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              Well worth a pound

              With 3 cats, 1 which is 99% a house cat a litter tray is an essential in our house. I replace them pretty regularly as my 2 older girls use them all the time. I always use a scoop with the tray and recently replaced our old one with a Bob Martin one from my local Tesco.


              The scoop comes with a small tag attached to the handle, on one side this has a picture of a cat and the name of the product, that is it for the packaging it is very plain and simple. The Bob Martins Cat Litter Scoop is made from plastic, it has a long thin handle which joins onto the wide scoop itself. The handle is a few inches long and has a small hole in the end of it, I'm guessing this is so you can hang it up if you wish. The scoop area in comparison to the handle is considerably wider with side pieces going around 3 edges, the front area does not have an edge to it allowing you to easily scoop up any mess in the tray. The plastic that the scoop is made from does not feel overly thick and I did wonder how strong it would be, but when using the scoop it does feel strong and sturdy, there's nothing worse than a bendy scoop which spills whatever you are holding in the scoop!

              The Bob Martin cat Litter Scoop is designed to quickly and hygienically remove soiled litter from the litter tray, the scoop part has 2 rows of rectangle holes going the whole length of it, one set of holes being larger than the other, these allow you to scoop up the dirty litter whilst at the same time leaving the fresh clean litter in the tray meaning that nothing gets wasted, this is particularly handy for people with kittens, with all the cats I have had they always decide to use the litter tray just after you have cleaned it out, obviously preferring a clean loo like us humans, but if this happens the Bob Martins scoop lets you remove the soiled clumped litter and leave the untouched litter in the tray without wasting it making it cost effective.

              A I mentioned 2 of my girls Poppy and Daisy use the litter tray all the time, my youngest cat Layla uses it once in a blue moon so my scoop gets plenty of use. It allows me to clean their litter without wasting any, its easy to use and is shaped so that a single scoop usually does the job.

              With the scoop being made from plastic it is very easy to keep clean you can simply wash it with water and leave it to dry, we tend to wash ours under the outside tap and leave it standing out there to dry and it still looks as good as new. The scoop is also incredibly light weighing just 0.73kg this means you could easily hang the scoop up by the handle on a small hook without fear of it breaking or cracking.

              I purchased my Bob Martins Cat Litter Scoop from my local Tesco, I mainly brought it because of the price, it cost just £1.00 which I thought was a real bargain, the scoop is definitely worth the money, and is proving to be efficient.

              I would definitely recommend the Bob Martins Cat Litter Scoop, it is very reasonably priced at just £1.00, it is hard wearing and durable and very easy to keep clean. The design of the scoop means you can remove any soiled litter from the tray without removing and wasting any of the clean litter. The scoop is quite large so you can easily get rid of all the dirty litter in one go. The scoop is ideal if you have kittens, older cats or even if you just put a litter tray down for emergencies. I would definitely recommend this to anyone whose cats use a litter tray. It makes the nasty job of removing soiled litter easier.

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                29.09.2011 10:50
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                A decent product for a dirty job

                I am not very much of a people person, I love animals and my pets are hugely important to me. As well as my cat Bob who is well in to his senior years and going a bit senile, I have recently ended up taking in a stray kitten who is adorable but unfortunately I haven't been able to track down her owner. I am having to keep them both inside for the time being, and they are both trained to use kitty litter trays. Cleaning up after pets is never a fun part of being their owner, and dealing with messy cat litter trays is a truly hideous task! I came across the Bob Martin Cat Litter Scoop when I was doing my shopping in Tesco's and thought that it would be worth a try to make this chore easier. It cost me just 99p which I thought was pretty reasonable.

                Product description: "Bob Martin cat litter scoop. The hygienic way to remove soiled litter."

                The Cat Litter Scoop is a simple plastic tool that is small and easy to hold in your hand. My scoop is a pale grey colour and doesn't look particularly exciting, but then again that's because it's not a particularly exciting product, or job! It has a thin handle with a shaped head forming the scoop section. It is lightweight which comes in useful when using it to scoop up lumps of soiled litter, which can be quite heavy depending on which type of litter is used.

                With two cats and two litter trays to deal with I like to make sure they are kept clean and tidy on a daily basis to maintain good levels of hygiene and minimise any bad smells hanging around the house. Before purchasing this Bob Martin Cat Litter Scoop I was doing things the old fashioned way, donning a pair of rubber gloves and tackling the job by removing the litter and then giving the tray a good scrub. Now I have the scoop this has made my life a lot easier, and it saves a surprising amount of time. The head of the scoop has a slotted grid section which allows you to run the scoop through the litter and remove only the unclean areas. This "panning for gold"(!) technique is effective as I can remove any dirty bits of litter, and then the excess litter that has not yet been soiled is sifted back into the litter tray so that it can still be used, rather than removing the entire lot. This means less wasted product and is more cost effective as buying cat litter can add up to become quite expensive.

                Now I have this scoop it means that I can give the litter trays a tidy up every day, and then give a full thorough clean when necessary, which is usually once a week when I fully empty the tray and give it a good hosing down before re-filling with clean cat litter. I also use the scoop for removing litter when I'm doing the full clean, as it can hold a fair amount of litter and allows me to transfer each scoop-ful directly into a bin bag so there is no risk of spillage and the mess is kept to a minimum. It can take quite a few scoops to remove the entire amount, but it does the job effectively without spilling over the sides provided that the scoop is not overloaded.

                This is a good product to have as it saves time and effort, and make a dirty job a little less arduous. I would recommend the Bob Martin Cat Litter Scoop for other cat owners, it's a bargain price and will definitely come in handy if you have to keep your cat indoors for any period of time.

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                  03.05.2011 14:36
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                  It's ok but nothing to get excited about, I miss my old scoop!!

                  A couple of weeks ago the litter scoop I've been using for the last 16 and a half years decided to break. The fact it lasted so long was a surprise really as they are only made of plastic but this one was very sturdy and just went on and on until I tried to use it and an area of the plastic mesh just gave way and the whole scoop caved in. Unfortunately I couldn't find one the same to replace it with and for a few days used one that was too big to get right in at the edge of the trays so I started looking around for a different one. During a shopping trip to Morrisons I came across this Bob Martin scoop selling for 79p and popped one in the trolley to try.

                  My previous scoop had a square section with built up sides so it could hold alot of used litter but this one is only slightly curved so I knew it wouldn't hold the same amount. It was available in blue or grey at our Morrisons so I chose blue like the picture above. The scoop section is as above with strips of plastic missing then one horizontal plastic bar across and measures about 5 inches across. The handle is flat plastic so it's all very no frills but for that price you don't expect much.

                  Using the scoop isn't very comfortable in my hand, the flat plastic handle isn't ergonomical at all and is difficult to keep a good grip on, I think this may be because I've been spoilt by my last scoop which had a square handle. I know I keep bringing up my last scoop like someone looking back fondly on an old friend but it really was a good scoop! The scoop section is slim so it is easy to actually get into the edges of the tray if I need to which is better than the stand in scoop however the actual scoop section doesn't hold much litter so it takes lots of scoops to remove used areas and also means I end up removing some that isn't used. If you use small granule type litter this scoop will be able to sift bits through the slits easily however as I use the wood pellet litter it takes a bit more doing, the litter is small enough to go through but only if it's laying vertically in the scoop. However it does remove used litter from the tray after a few scoopfuls so it does do what I need it to do even if it doesn't compare to my previous trusty scoop. It washes easily though so if need be it can we washed in water with disinfectant in it or wiped down with a wet rag.

                  Overall it's not brilliant but it's ok and I'll continue to use it but if I spot a scoop like my former one I'll be buying it and this will get put away as a spare. A mediocre 3 stars as it does the job but has design flaws.

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