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  1. This is a great idea and I can’t wait to try it out. I have a spare laptop that I have “retired” to make way for my new one and now I know what to do with it. And speaking of Switzerland- I lived there for almost 3 years during my college years and 1 of my most memorable experiences there was to see a family of curly haired cats (probably Selkirk Rex cats) for the first time in my life. That was pretty exciting for me.

    • Wow, it’s nice to know you lived in Switzerland. One of the best places in the world to live, I think. I am thinking of setting it up too. I have an old PC laptop as well as an Apple MacBook.

  2. My ex girlfriend lives in Slovenia where I used to live and sometimes we would skype and she would leave skype on and pop out to the shop/store for 10 or 15mins. And one of our cats, Pepe, used to cry as soon as she was out of the apartment. I was able to talk to him through skype and calm him down just by responding to him whenever he made a noise. He would literally calm right down knowing somebody was in some sense there with him. It was amazing and skype also helped us learn that he had a problem and became anxious when there was no human in the apartment. A sort of double win. Otherwise we would have had no idea there was even a problem because he only did it after we were out. So only after I went away once for a few days and we talked on skype did we learn this was happening. He was so unhappy but as soon as he meowed I would say ‘Pepe – don’t worry (he knew what that meant) and he would calm down after repeating this a few times of him meowing and me responding. And he, unlike Gigi in the pictures above, was another cat who otherwise paid no attention to skype or who was on it – like it didn’t exist, except in those moment of being alone and hearing my voice even though I was not there.

    I had some very worrying mornings at work when Red did not come home. Once I even had a doctors appointment so I go a friend to call in and look out for him arriving home and she sent me an sms in my appointment saying he just arrived home and I was soooo happy. I sort of don’t know what I would do without it now. It’s so useful and I have gotten used to the security of always being in touch. I do mostly have my video off and microphone muted because then if I really need to check one of them is there I can call and they will come – except Lilly I think. Those pics are when I called Gigi over – she walked accross the laptop and sniffed it and then when she saw my face she just stared for a really long time. She totally responded. But I wont do it again for a while. I dont want her to ignore it like lilly does. That way if I am in France or somewhere and I don’t see her I can always call for her and she will come – so will Molly.

    It’s an extremely simple and effective way of keeping in touch. Hairless Cat Girl is right – I can see if the place gets broken into or if a fire were to start I am near enough i could race over in a car and be there within about 5mins (breaking every traffic law known to man). What I would like is the ability to remotely open doors and windows in case of fire. Then I would feel totally secure. I leave my front door unlocked so a neighbour could open it if they sensed there might be a fire but who knows if they would or not.

    LOVE the picture – I think that’s most exactly what she was thinking 🙂

    • “I leave my front door unlocked”. I presume you mean inside the black. That tells me you have a nice secure place. Everything is battened down here all the time 😉

      You make a nice point. I think this is a very important point. We don’t know what our cat is doing or how she feels when we are away at work. Your excellent set up allows you to understand your cat’s feelings much better. You can then respond. I think people sort of ignore the potential for a cat to feel insecure when separated from his or her human companion.

      I known my Charlie misses me massively when I travel. He goes into a reclusive mode and won’t do anything but sleep on my bed. This is one big reason why I don’t travel much anymore. He has me captive.

      I knew you wouldn’t mind me taking the Mickey out of you in the picture. The background went green when I cleaned up the foreground color which makes you look like even more of a dork 🙂

  3. As a cat-owner from the developing World of India and living in Mumbai, thanks to “P.O.C” for the education on computer technology in the developed World.Fantastic use of modern technology in pet care.I have personally visited Switzerland as a tourist and was left amazed at the standard and comfort of living of the average Swiss Citizen.In a recent survey Switzerland was considered the luckiest place for a person to be born on Planet Earth and so also the same applies for the pets of Switzerland.Skype has become common in developing country’s ,but, programming computers through skype for pet comfort is definitely a news item in the Developing World.

  4. Hi Marc,

    I would guess that you’re the “Marc” who often posts in the comments here at POC.

    Great idea and good use of technology. Looks like you found another good way to use Skype.

    While you’re away, it’s nice to be able to check in on the cats to see that they are okay and to say hi to them.

    That would come in especially handy if a pet had separation anxiety.

    You can also report any break-ins you might happen to see.

    I wish that I had something similar going on so I could contribute a bit more to this post.

    =^-^= Hairless Cat Girl =^-^=

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