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iPawit: New app turns iPad into cat toy

Posted by redsaid
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on Friday, 10 February 2012
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Disclaimer: Not to be catty or anything, but although I love ALL animals, when it comes to cats and dogs, I am what would be universally classified as more of a ‘dog person’. But despite being crazy for canines, I don’t think I would ever let my* beloved pup get her paws on my imaginary iPad**.

The Australian version of the SPCA apparently thinks that cat owners won’t mind turning their tablets into their Tom’s or Tabby’s personal scratch pads. With the help of an Australian student, the society has developed a genuine iPad app of three games to keep kitty entertained. Can you imagine the catastrophic consequences?

Known as the “Affection Collection”, the games are Kitty Raid, a cat-and-mouse game in which the cat has to defend a piece of cheese from hungry mice; Roller Kitty, in which feline players can amuse themselves with a virtual ball of yarn and collect some string; and Kitty Chef, in which cats can live out their culinary fantasies by stirring vegetables. (No idea whether any hot dogs will be cooked up...) The app automatically resets and shuffles between the three games so that fickle feline can stay entertained for as long as possible.

Owners who are away while kitty’s at play will be able to keep tabs on the technocat’s performance via the app’s built-in points scoring system.

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Michael Beatty, a spokesman for the Australian RSPCA, says: “This is a unique concept that will really help to put cats in the limelight this month. Basically, you place your iPad on the ground, start the game and your cat or kitten can interact with it on his/her own terms.”

Saxon Cameron, the Bond University student who developed the app, says: “For us it is all about keeping indoor cats stimulated and excited, because they have not got that natural environment to go hunting.”

So, cat people, there you have it. You’re already enslaved by your cat’s every odd whim, so you might as well hand over your iPad too. The app is available for free from the iTunes store.

*Technically, she’s not MY dog, but love cannot be stopped by such trivialities. I do, however, draw the line at providing her with access to my expensive electronic devices.

** My iPad is sadly, just a figment of my imagination. I also have scores of imaginary blog readers!

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. - Arthur C. Clarke

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Echoes
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Echoes Friday, 10 February 2012

Doggie games?

Because i don't have kittehs...

redsaid
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redsaid Friday, 10 February 2012

Old-fashioned fetch, roll-over and play dead?

I have to admit, I haven't looked for tech games geared towards dogs yet, but before this, I have already seen a few games for cats. Mmm. I wonder why this is? Could it be that geeks - as a rule - tend to like cats more than they like dogs?

DBS
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DBS Saturday, 11 February 2012

From one of your non-imaginary readers

Australians. What next? WHy don't they just roll up a ball of wool or encourage the cat to go look for mice.
Really silly app and imagine what your screen could look like after a really good scratch?

redsaid
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redsaid Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Screen saver

@DBS: Helloooooo non-imaginary reader! You are certainly a rare breed (pun intended), I can tell you that!

As for protecting the screen from kitty's claws: I have heard of hairless cats, but not of ones without nails. Sooo. My suggestion to save the screen from scratches would be to NOT SURRENDER THE iPAD TO THE CAT IN THE FIRST PLACE!

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CoolAdvertz Tuesday, 14 February 2012

scratches

cant the cat wear a mitten!

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redsaid Thursday, 16 February 2012

Kit(ten) glove 'em

Mittens for kittens! Hahahaha! Very clever. As long as it is made of those special cloths designed to clean screens, yes. Cat might as well do SOMETHING useful for once! :)

By the way, one of my friends is convinced that I hate cats (not true! I like cats. I'd like them better if they barked and had more personality, sure, but they're okay). Anyway, the reason she is under this false impression? When she were looking for names for her new kittens? I suggested that she calls them "Catatonic" and "Catastrophe". Needless to say, she didn't use my brilliant suggestions.

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