From my newspaper today, I learned about the invention of Kitty Litter, 68 years ago last month. It's an interesting tale, not exactly an accidental discovery, as such products often are, but one guy's recognition of a need, and realization that he had a product that could fill it. That guy was Ed Lowe, credited as the inventor of Kitty Litter. He died in 1995. I guess Ed was "Mr. Kitty Litter," in that case. But I'm always reminded of the days when Gunsmoke was still a popular TV show; the owner of the Dodge City Bar was always called "Miss Kitty" but she never seemed to have a last name. We supplied her one: Miss Kitty Litter.
The other interesting factoid I gleaned is that the number of pet cats in the U.S. has tripled since 1970. I feel sure the writer is correct in suggesting that the invention of Kitty Litter had something to do with that. Even with the burgeoning numbers of cats, it's pretty rare these days, at least in some neighborhoods, to see a cat roaming around. Obviously, the new product made it more convenient than previously to turn your cat into a total house cat. There is a loss of freedom there for the cat but many of them don't seem to mind.