Not long ago, I read a forum post asking if you would buy your pet an iPad. I think the answer is an unqualified NO for most of us. But people do allow small children and pets to use their tech. I believe both small children and pets have the same capacity to damage your devices, so caution must be used with both.
The youtube video showing an elephant using a Galaxy Note was (in my mind, at least), bizarre. I would never ever offer my iPad to an elephant. Even a baby elephant. Then I started really thinking about pets and the iPad. My cats walk across the keyboard of my computers as though they were bridges built with personal invitations. But they rarely bother with my iPhone or iPad. Rarely – but not never. Sometimes when I’m playing Bejeweled Blitz, my youngest cat will try to help. At least I’m sure that’s his goal when he knocks the iPad out of my hands in an effort to connect the colored jewels.
So last night, I decided to get Jet Kitty his own iPad app. I wasn’t willing to pay for one, but fortunately I found Cat Toys Lite. This is an app made for cats, not humans. It features a pink mouse running back and forth in a box. That’s it. No scoring, no points, no Game Center. But maybe that’s why only Jet plays. The other two cats seem to require more of a challenge. I haven’t offered them any other iPad cat games though, but I may try some of the ones I’ve listed at the end of this post.
Enjoy the video below, showing Jet trying to catch the mouse, first with his paws, and then with his teeth. Needless to say – he is unsuccessful.
There seem to be a number of apps designed for your feline companions. It would be a shame not to indulge them – but be sure to use a good screen protector if your cat doesn’t believe in frequent manicures.