In a similar style,
the PetPace is a
collar that you
strap onto your
kitty and use to
track his vital stats
pulse, activity levels,
calories burned, and respiration patterns. Consider it
a Fitbit for your cat. By sharing the
data with your tech-savvy vet, you
can both get a better understanding
of your feline’s general well-being or
The health monitoring scene continues onto your smartphone, with
apps like The Pets Directory and
iPetCare letting you track vaccinations, vet visits, medication schedules, and basically acting like a virtual manual for your cat. But
the real feline fun comes
from the more frivolous
side of mobile cat tech.
Fun with Apps
is a devilishly warped app
that records your voice
and turns it into a
series of meows,
just like if you
to your cat.
While it’s likely
all finagled by a
the various cat
noises are lifelike
enough to perk up
your real world cat’s
ears and give him a
ing. (Hey, it’s good for
Keeping on with the antics,
Cat Paint allows you to kitty-up
your social media photo game by
adding cats to any camera phone
photo — complete with lasers coming out of their eyes and the option
to mash a cat’s head onto your
friend’s body, because you know
you’ve always wanted to.
When it comes to mobile cat
video game thrills, your first stop
should be Neko Atsume:
Kitty Collector. It’s basically
like a Pokemon for feline
fanciers and charges you with
building up and caring for
a clowder of cats in your
I’m also a fan of
and sized cat
breeds on top of
each other until you
“form a tower of cats
high into the sky.” That’s an
ultimately futile goal that real world
cats would surely appreciate.
While I’ve yet to see Mimosa show
an interest in engaging with Neko
Atsume and MewMew Tower on my
iPhone, she might be willing to final-
ly get on the tech bandwagon with
the imminent launch of the Mousr.
Billed as the world’s first artificial
intelligence cat toy, it teases that it
will “bring the excitement of a Tom
and Jerry cartoon right into your
living room.” In practice, this means
the tech mouse toy will adapt to
the play needs of your cat.
As Michael Friedman from the
makers, Petronics, told me, “We
find the part of a game that is most
interesting to a cat — the stalking
— is the reason a lot of owners get
bored during playtime. That’s the
great thing about Mousr’s artificial
brain — it never gets bored.”
The future is now — are you
Phillip Mlynar like to
consider himself the
world’s foremost expert
on rappers’ cats. When
not chronicling the
antics of his own cat,
Mimosa, on Catster.
com, his musings on music can be found
at NYLON, Red Bull Music Academy, the
Village Voice, and Deadspin. He tweets at
@phillip_mlynar and rues the day he utilized an underscore in his Twitter handle.
1 HUMAN TO CAT TRANSLATOR Spook your cat by communicating with her in meow speak.
2 POWER NAP APP Rest like a cat with this feline-themed alarm clock.
3 TICKLING CAT Because who doesn’t want to tickle an anime cat’s belly?
4 ZODIACATLITE Daily horoscopes personalized for your kitty.
5 CAT SIMULATOR ONLINE Play as a cat, and explore the world around you from a feline’s eye view.
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