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.
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!