By Simon RogersA year ago, it was not a big deal to be buying cat litter from a store.
But with the new cat litter ban in place, a new litter box is now required for every home.
Now the biggest concern for cat owners is getting the litter out of their home, which is also the biggest source of litter in our country.
The cat litter industry is in its death throes, and the government is failing to do much to help the industry thrive, says Richard Branson, founder and CEO of Virgin Atlantic.
“It’s almost impossible to get cat litter to the shops.
The government’s policy is to take all the litter, but I can’t see them doing anything about it,” he says.
The new cat box policy will come into force from April 1, 2018, and retailers will need to make all cat litter available to all customers within five days of its announcement.
The biggest change will be in the way the industry stores cat litter.
The Government says the ban will make it easier for retailers to ensure that cat litter is kept in secure places in their stores, so that it is not thrown out after use.
But it has yet to make clear what that will mean for the industry.
The policy is likely to increase the amount of litter that cat owners are allowed to bring home, as litter boxes will no longer be required.
The ban also means that the size of the litter box will also increase.
The standard cat litter box now measures about 12.5cm by 12.75cm, and will now measure about 18cm by 18cm.
While retailers have long been reluctant to stock cat litter, the new rules will mean that they will now have to do so.
This means that cat boxes will need bigger sizes to be stocked and that there will also be a minimum size requirement.
“We are going to see a lot more of these boxes being put in and a lot of them are going up for sale,” says Branson.
“But if they’re being sold at a discount, it will not be as attractive to the public as it was previously.”
There will also need to be a new process to ensure the cat litter stays in place after it has been left on a shelf for a period of time.
This has been criticised by animal rights groups as being too complex.
“The litter box was the big change for the cat,” says Andrew Smith, CEO of the Cat Protection Association.
“There are still a lot things we don’t know about it.”
The ban on cat litter will also impact other litter types, including baby and kitten litter.
While there are currently no plans to ban litter for babies or kittens, the Government will have to consider changing the law in the future to ensure these litter types are allowed in the UK.
A cat box will cost from £1,000 to £3,000 ($3,500 to $6,200), while an adult cat litter can cost between £5,000 and £10,000.
It will be up to retailers to decide whether to stock cats litter.
While there is no firm timeline on when the new legislation will come in to force, the government has said it will come “in stages”.