Click into cat-themed technology with
AI toys, devices to monitor health,
and quirky apps. BY PHILLIP MLYNAR
for Cat Lovers
Here’s a scientif- ically verified list of things my cat, Mimosa, enjoys: chasing after rolled-up
I’m watching you
pieces of paper, lounging in
cardboard boxes, burrowing
under the blanket on the
bed, stretching in sunbeams,
and staring with disdain at
the chirping Red-crested
Cardinal outside the window.
It’s safe to say that Mimosa’s not
exactly a technologically minded
kitty. Other than an early kittenish
spell where she seemed to show an
interest in following the ball in live
soccer games on my iPad, her pur-
suits and interests are old-fashioned
and rooted in the natural world.
We primitive humans, on the
other hand, have become besotted
with using technology to further
our obsession with the feline form.
Now that we’re all constantly
plugged into our smartphones and
spend much of the day gawking at
a computer screen, it’s only natural
that we’ve turned to technol-
ogy to keep us in synch with
The most talked about high-end piece of kitty tech at
the moment is the Petcube.
This small box is a tuned-up
Pet health tech
interactive camera that lets
you view HD video footage of
your cat at home while you’re out
at work, running errands, or on vaca-
tion. It also features a built-in laser
toy, which you activate and control
by running your finger over your
smartphone’s touch screen, along
with a sharing mode that allows
family and friends access to check
out and play with your kitty, too.
This fusion of interactive technology and cats has also made
moves into the pet health world.
The Tailio is a fully funded crowd-sourced product that promises to
monitor the well-being of your
cat through his litter box behavior.
Placed under the sacred pooping
station, it records data like your cat’s
weight, frequency of toilet trips,
and what it calls “elimination behaviors,” which I assume means those
crazy quirks of the litter box all cats
partake in. Changes in behavior act
as an early heads up for potential
future health issues. If the Tailio
could also actually
clean and replace
the litter itself,
they might really
be onto something.