iPad Apps for Cats. Really?!? Beth Snyder September 17, 2011 This is just…different, isn’t it? Granted, I do not own an iPad, so maybe there is a market for this. But on a purely practical basis, I find this even more ridiculous than the iPad and iPhone apps for babies. I don’t know about you, but if I spend a few hundred dollars on an electronic device, I tend to discourage pets and small children from playing with it. Maybe it’s just me. The height of silliness to me is that these games are supposed to engage your cat’s hunting instincts. Which on the surface sounds like a great idea, so your cat doesn’t get lazy and complacent hanging around the house all day having food put in front of him. However. Especially if your cat has claws, does it really seem like a good idea to encourage him to attack your iPad? There are several varieties of apps, ranging from a simple laser dot that moves across the screen (as if you couldn’t just use, say a laser pointer on the floor like normal people do) to a changing variety of bugs and rodents your cat can chase. There’s even one that allows you to control the movement of whatever your cat is “chasing” on the screen. Here’s the thing, though. The screen of an iPad is, what, something like 9 inches by 8 inches? How much exercise is your cat really going to get? Of course, you could view this as a pet-sitter when you have to leave your feline companion alone for several hours at a stretch. But if your cat is anything like mine were, you know how horrifying a thought it is to leave your iPad powered on somewhere your cat has access to while you’re not home. Pretty much the best you can hope for when you get home is to find it broken in the corner. At any rate, if iPad apps for cats seem like a better idea to you than they do to me, these are available starting at free and going up from there, depending on what variety you would like. Source: Gizmag Share This With The World!