Apple’s iPad tablet PCs have proved wildly popular among humans, but how will they fare among those with higher intelligence? A growing number of apps are being created for cats — not cat owners. Yes, seriously. The apps do for pets what they generally do for people: help them fight boredom while also letting them look cool.
Titles like ‘App for Cats,’ ‘Cat Game’ and ‘Cat Toy’ are free, while ‘Game for Cats’ starts free but can be upgraded by your cat for $1.99 (more on that later.) As you might expect, the apps are much more effective on iPads than other mobile devices, simply because of the larger format, but also because cats know a premium toy when they see one.
However, North Carolina animal conservators go further and teamed up with the “iPad Game for Cats” app, and let their several wild jungle cats playing a video game app on the Apple iPad. (Even white tiger cub plays iPad.) Are they having fun?! Check the video above to know the answer.
The “iPad Game for Cats” app has two levels. The first features a red dot against a black background. This is the free level. After your cat plays this (or not) for a minute or so, a button appears that asks whether you want to upgrade to the mouse level for $1.
If your cat is pouncing on the first level, it is quite possible that it can buy the upgraded version without your knowing it because an iTunes password is not always needed to make an in-app purchase. Check the New York Times’ article for the full story. [iPad Game for Cats via Gizmodo and NY Times]