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The Modern Cat – Cat Apps — 6 Comments

  1. Our cats have their very own toy box with their favourite toys in which are homemade catnip rodents. The lid is folded over and both cats can open it and often do and extract a mouse or a rat to have a good old kick at. We have red and orange balls around, mostly where they hide them under the furniture lol and if a game with them is what they fancy, they hook out a ball and start rolling it around and if we can, we drop everything to have fun and games.Cats don’t have a long attention span so a few minutes of attention now and again surely isn’t too much for them to ask us for.
    Indoor cats especially need to have chasing and catching their prey games, I can well imagine the eventual frustration and giving up of the cats trying unsuccessfully to catch moving prey on a screen.
    What I can’t understand is why people get cats (or children or dogs come to that) if they aren’t prepared to spend quality time with them.
    Progress comes at a high price to the shared enjoyment of people and their children and their pets.

  2. Mine are going to stick to the Turbo Scratcher. I’ve read that cats need to physically catch what they chase or it messes with their mind. This holds true with laser toys as well as an ipad. Just don’t tell Furby about this…

    • Yes, I have heard that laser pointer toys are ultimately unsuccessful because the cat can never catch the prey. This may result in the cat being turned off eventually and becoming bored with the toy. This is very good point and an important one as it goes to the heart of the question as to whether the cat app is a good toy or not.

      It is probably true that most cat toys end up in a cupboard like children’s toys.

  3. I guess it is a form of what people call “progress” which day by day distances us more from what is natural. The same is happening to us.

  4. I think it’s a sad sad world when cats need electronic entertainment, it’s un-natural and for all we know it may be unhealthy for them too in more than the obvious way that it doesn’t give them much physical exercise.
    What is wrong with good old fashioned games with a ball, a long string, even a bit of screwed up paper, with those the fun you can have with your cat is endless and the quality time spent with him priceless.
    The thought of cats already many denied their freedom in unsafe places, some as Elisa said having had their claws taken from them too, having to rely on electronic games intead of real life games with their family fills me with horror as to the future health and happiness of many cats.
    Are they to be as many children are now, sitting playing electronic games on their own instead of having quality family fun?
    I do hope not.

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