CES Las Vegas is the venue to show off new technology. The cat world has a new, smart treadmill (the Little Cat treadmill) which is operated by a smartphone and which features an LED light embedded in it which moves with the treadmill motivating the cat to chase it and run. It’s really clever.
It’s made by a Korean startup Pet Ding. The video provides me with hope that cats will warm to it and give it a go. However, the big question in the minds of potential buyers is, will my cat jump on and follow the light? It is not automatic that they will although cats are fascinated with pointer lights and this is very similar.
The manufacturers say 10 minutes exercise on the device should be enough. The device helps the cat’s guardian work out an optimum regime by calculating the cat’s BMI.
The machine also has an auto mode which provides ‘the ideal workout program for your cat and manage workout patterns’.
It’s is probably only for the well-heeled cat guardian because of its price: $1,800. My gut feeling is that 90% of cat owners couldn’t justify buying it or don’t have sufficient disposable income. And there will be a degree of skepticism I am sure but I wish Pet Ding the best of luck.