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SF cat toys

Wow, here’s a cat toy I would absolutely get for my cat if (a) he weren’t 18, and (b) I didn’t have a million dogs that would immediately destroy any cat toy.

Mousr, a super-smart cat toy from Petronics that has a time-of-flight sensor, a real-time operating system in a custom-built microcontroller, and A.I. programming all working on concert to convince your cat that it’s a mouse and not a tiny robot. Mousr can map its surroundings — and it even initiates a struggle protocol when it feels trapped by its predator. My cats absolutely love the struggle part.

Neat! 

The author of the post refers to this toy as eliciting your cat’s most disturbing behavior. Does that seem weird to anyone else? I don’t find my cat’s predatory behavior disturbing at all. I mean … doesn’t everybody already know that cats are predators? I think this behavior would be totally cute directed at a toy instead of a real animal. 

If I had indoor-only cats and no dogs, I would totally get this.

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2 Comments SF cat toys

  1. Robert

    Totally cool toy. I’d absolutely get one if I had a cat. As for disturbing? Nah.

    “God made the cat in order that humankind might have the pleasure of caressing the tiger.”

  2. Rachel

    Good quote! Very appropriate.

    Do you KNOW how many people on Quora ask “Where can I get a lion cub?” and so on? I would never have imagined that so many people have this romantic dream of caressing a tiger in their own living room. I’ve taken to pointing out that 66,000 people a year go to emergency rooms to be treated for cat bites, in the hope that these people can make the leap of imagination required to see that perhaps keeping a lion or tiger as a pet might possibly not be a flawless notion.

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