iPad Cat Toy

The latest cat toy is the iPad cat toy. This is a really clever idea but I have one massive doubt about it.

The iPad runs a programme that is made for a cat such a mouse or ball moving randomly around the screen. The cat tries to catch the mouse or ball with his or her paws.

Who would use their iPad like this? The screen is bound to get scratched as the cat tries to grab the mouse with his or her claws.

But wait a minute..Have these cats got claws? That is the simple and fundamental question that I have.

It is said that the iPad has a very durable screen. That maybe but if it is scratched all over it will lose some of that Apple chic. And the usual Apple owner likes that slick chic.

Don’t get me wrong. I would love it if the person who owned the iPad allowed a cat with claws to play with the device in this way. That would demonstrate the kind of prioritizing that I like. But I have a fear that the popular videos on YouTube showing a cat playing on an iPad cat toy involve a declawed cat – or am I being too cynical? It is very hard to tell but I have not seen claws out in these videos.

Here is a video:

and another in case the first one is taken off YouTube leaving the screen black.

What do you think?

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Feb 28, 2011
Such negativity!
by: Daniel

So many people complaining that cat owners like to amuse their pets with an iPad. What’s wrong with it? First of all, I personally wouldn’t just “leave the iPad” for the cat to play with. I might “let him play with it” but I certainly wouldn’t buy an iPad for the sole purpose of entertaining my cat! lol

I’m having the same doubts as to weather or not a cats claws would damage an iPad. So I recommend being safe! You can get screen protectors for just a few pounds. I’m expecting an iPad today, and the first thing I’m going to do is throw a gel rubber back protector on it, and a screen protector on it. If the cat manages to damage the screen protector then I’ll have to put my foot down on the issue.

But I assure you, when my cat plays with the iPad, I’ll be sitting there laughing with the cat. I’d play the wii with a friend, why not play catch the mouse with your cat. Take it in turns to tap on the mouse, engage with him or her. Or just laugh, giggle and point as I plan too. The cat doesn’t mind, he’s amused, I’m amused, there’s no loss is there.

So girls, get off your high horse, just because a tech gadget in involved doesn’t mean we’re neglecting the animal. Far from it, after all I’ll have just given my furry friend a £519 quid, uninsured iPad to play with! That’s trust that is!

Jan 10, 2011
according to comments cat has claws
by: Ruth (Monty’s Mom)

I came across one of these videos on You Tube, and in the comments the person posting the video stated that his cat was not declawed and that there was really no way the cat’s claws could damage the i-Pad. The person posting that video stated he was against declawing, in response to many people who were posting comments asking if the cat was declawed. Times are changing– I don’t think it’s as universally acceptable to declaw cats as it once was in the U.S.

The cats seem to like the i-Pad. Monty would love it. He keeps trying to play on my computer. If anyone gets a garbled, mysterious, random e-mail from me that makes no sense it’s probably from Monty!

Jan 04, 2011
1st cat had claws
by: Gail (Boston, MA USA)

The 1st video cat had claws. It’s tough to see, but if you look closely toward the end of the vid, you’ll see the cat’s claws when jumping from the iPad to the rug. I didn’t see the claws of the 2nd video cat though.

Jan 01, 2011
I think declawed
by: Barbara

Can’t be sure but I didn’t see any claws – on the cat anyway, the dog still has a full set. (Did you notice the cat back down when the dog arrived on the scene)I also think this is the height of laziness, akin to sticking the toddler in front of the TV or the PC. Cats, kids & dogs need interaction with family not some high priced techno-gimmick, that cat would have enjoyed playing with a piece of string dangled by the cat-carer just as much if not more than this wizardry. Instead of viewing it through a video camera that person should have been down on the floor playing with the cat.

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Jan 01, 2011
Hard to tell
by: Ruth

It’s hard to tell if those cats have claws or not as they move too fast, but I’d be surprised if they have.

I find it very sad that some people would rather buy an ipad to amuse their cats than to spend quality time playing with them.

Both the people and the poor cats are missing out on a lot of fun.

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