There's a Cat App for That: New Cat iPad App AvailablePublished February 6, 2012
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That's right, iPads are no longer restricted to human use! Now even techno-cats will have the chance to partake in the latest technological advances.
A new app for the iPad for cats called "Affection Collection", designed and developed by Bond University (located in Gold Coast, Australia) student Saxon Cameron for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), consists of three cat friendly games to keep any technologically forward feline occupied for hours.
This is not the first time cats have been using iPads, however, as YouTube videos show cats from around the world fascinated by apps on the tablet--not unlike their human friends.
"Affection Collection” designers say the three games will promote intellectual enrichment for cats in order to highlight their intelligence. In Kitty Raid, cats have to protect cheese from mouse invaders; in Roller Kitty, cats keep busy playing with a virtual ball of yarn; and in Kitty Chef, cats have the chance to become their own virtual chefs.
Easy for cats or kittens to navigate, all the furry feline needs to get started is for its owner to press the start button. The games will reset and shuffle automatically ensuring that no game is played twice in a row, allowing for cats to operate the games on their own and keeping them interested for as long as possible.
Cameron tells the UK’s Daily Mail that the primary goal behind the app is to keep cats occupied and to keep “indoor cats stimulated and exciting because they have not got that natural environment to go hunting."
RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty, who is sponsoring a cat adoption campaign this month, tells the Daily Mail that the cat app is “a unique concept that RSPCA hopes will really help put cats in the limelight this month.” Ultimately, the RSPCA hopes the app will encourage cat owners to keep their indoor cats indoors for the safety of both the cat and the surrounding wildlife.
What do you think about the new cat apps? Would you let your cat become a “techno-cat?” Share your thoughts in a comment below! Plus, watch an adorable video of the app in action below!