A man walked into my cat-house and placed his iPad on the floor.
The purpose of the visit was to film an episode of a program about cats. They came to spcaLA
(not affiliated with any other spca as there is no national/umbrella
spca) to film in our luxurious cage free indoor outdoor catteries. Part
of the program called for a segment involving cats playing the iPad game
Essentially, a mouse, butterfly or laser dot moves around the screen
and chirps if touched. The cat earns points for each successful touch.
could do nothing but cringe as I thought about claws, scratches, spray,
and hair balls, all attacking the iPad. There were, after all, about
20 cats lounging in that area. I couldn't watch.
Then it happened. Groups of cats surrounded the tablet. Some began to swat
at the moving targets and some just leaned in their heads and nodded
furiously as the others played. One enterprising cat sat on the iPad and
racked up zillions of points each time the mouse, butterfly or red dot
moved under him. Of course, we began yelling "unfair" and tried to
explain to the cat that playing that way could be considered cheating!
The cats however, ignored us and continued to pat the iPad when the
targets came out from under the offending cat.
one bossy cat who didn't want to share and caused some hurt feelings
the event was quite successful. There was no damage to the iPad and the
bruised feelings were quickly addressed and assuaged.
just in time for the holidays, that an iPad can be the perfect gift for
the cat who has everything, and the perfect donation for the cat in a
shelter who is homeless and has nothing.
Article first published as My Cat Needs an iPad on Technorati