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Robo-pets will replace the real thing in ten years — 13 Comments

  1. I have thought of a situation where robo-pets might be useful – vetting of potential owners by shelters.

    We’re all aware of the problems with pets that people get on the spur of the moment and lose interest in it after a few days. Perhaps, shelters could rent out robotic pets so that people can decide if they really want a pet. Like those computerised newborn dolls used to put young girls off wanting a baby, the robo pet could be programmed with the need to be fed frequently and given sufficient attention. It might also help parents make the decision on whether their children are ready for the repsonsibility of pet ownership.

  2. As an entertaining gadget I can see a robo pet as a fun novelty toy, but it wouldn’t come anywhere close to replacing a real animal.

    I love the feel of fur or the gentle vibrations of a purring cat the warmth of their belly when they’ve been curled up sleeping and their independent nature. I wouldn’t get any of that from a robo pet.

      • Dr Rault greatly underestimates the joy of living with a real cat if he believes that robo pets will replace the real thing in a decade.

        Back in 2001 a Japanese firm produced a robot cat called the NeCoRo. The concept was to provide feline companionship to those living in homes which forbid the real thing. There was also the suggestion that NeCoRo would make a good “therapy” pet because of their lap-cat qualities. An initial 5,000 were manufactured to test the market’s reaction. Whilst they sold out quickly, I don’t think any more were ever manufactured and they now command high prices on the re-sale market.

        I found a video clip of a NeCoRo Youtube and interestingly the guy says he got it because his wife wouldn’t allow him to adopt a 4th real cat. I have to say it’s better than I’d anticipated and these particular robo-cats were programmed with a “feeling mechanism”, meaning they could disply displeasure as well as happiness.



  3. Well, this reminds me of the dolls that people (mostly women) buy, and pretend they are real babies. This is a huge market,for women who can’t have real babies. And I believe that they’re very pricey. They are more than just dolls. Women treat them like babies. I’ll have to look up the information, but I saw it online sometime ago.

    This is a little different than the pet robot, because the purpose is to give the woman something to care for, not the opposite!

    What a strange culture we live in!

    • I can actually see this coming about. Not universally but a significant number of people opting for robo-cats when they have refined the technology so that it really satisfies the emotional needs of some pet owners. A lot of pet owners probably do project their emotional needs onto their pet rather than truly interacting and seeing their cat as a sentient individual with a personality and emotions of his own. The human is terribly messed up and fearful.

  4. Michael, for me, robo-pets will NEVER replace my babies. . however, I agree with you for the *idiots* who treat the anipals as property not living, breathing, feeling beings. . .those folks (and those who abandon or abuse anipals) DESERVE machine pets. . .but they will never truly replace the unconditional love bond of the real anipals for me. . . ♥♥♥

  5. I have an older model of a Robo Pet. It’s a cute diversion but no way would it replace a fur and flesh pet. The robot dinos I have are actually way more entertaining. All the robot cat does is purr, meow, and walk forward. The dinos prowl around the house, roar, fart, talk, get angry and laugh. Samirah treats them like they’re her buddies and cuddles with them every chance she gets, which is ironic because she definitely does not like other cats.

    • Thanks for your first-hand review, Serbella! And I like the fact that Samirah treats the robots as her buddies. Perhaps, then, robo-cats would be good for other cats in multi-cat households. Nah, on second thoughts I don’t think so.

      • You’re welcome, Michael. I don’t think so either. Samirah is the only cat I’ve ever had who doesn’t run from those robots. The rest of them hissed and hid from them. She’s kissed the robot cat on the nose, but seems to prefer the dinosaurs, especially Chomper and Godzilla.

  6. Not in my house! There is NO WAY any plastic and metal could EVER replace flesh and blood for me!!! The feel of soft fur and the sounds of purring can’t be imitated. Only a real cat or dog will suffice. But I agree with the final statement of the article: People who are not suited for live animals will do quite well with fake ones.

  7. Oh HELL NO they won’t! Part of the joy of having a cat is the unpredictable nature that’s part of the personality. The expressions my cat Mandy gives me when she looks up as I hold her are priceless. How she jumps on my back when I meow down at her isn’t possible with a fake cat.A robot could NEVER do the things a real cat does and even if it could the emotions wouldn’t be there!

    Michael check your email please 🙂

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