Feb. 2, 2015
Finding time to play with your cat can be troubling sometimes, but now technology might be able to provide you some help. There are now a myriad of apps that have something for felines to electronically track, stalk or hunt, such as mice, bugs or laser dots. These apps can help get your big cat up and moving, help your scaredy-cat come out of its shell or they might not interest them at all.
“Cats are attracted to things that move, and that is the ‘magic’ for most of the apps,” Dr. Bonnie Beaver, a professor at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and executive director of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists told the Associated Press. “The motion in most apps is jerky and quick, much like an insect,” she said. Many of these apps combine sounds to go with the fast movements.
Hiccup, LLC has created several cat apps for Apple and Android. “Paint for Cats” is a chasing game where a mouse run across the screen. When your cat swats at, rubs or paws at the screen a trail of paint is left creating a piece of art. Owners can then share their cat’s creations on social media.
The company has also created “Catzilla” where your cat can become a city crushing monster as it paws at fast moving targets on the screen and its signature mouse chasing game is called “Game for Cats”. Two other apps, “Pocket Pond” and Friskies “Cat Fishing” allow cats to hunt and chase after dragonflies and other creatures in virtual water.
Developers have gone through some extensive testing and are reassuring that cats’ claws cannot damage screens, but cats can damage your device if they get too rough and start biting.