Cat News Friday: iPet Companion allows you to play with shelter cats from the comfort of your home

If you need a kitty fix, and want to play with some live kitties online, check out iPet Companion, a website created by the software company Reach-in.

ipetcompanionCat News Friday highlights iPet Companion, a website that gives online users an opportunity to control robotic toys in shelters and get a better understanding of how a particular cat might fit into their household. Users can choose a participating shelter of their choice and see the animals play with the robotic toys in real time. They can manipulate the camera and controls to interact with the animals by swinging around feathers or twirling other toys via remote control. The camera can pan around the room.

According to iPetCompanion’s website, the idea is to allow potential pet owners an opportunity to play with the animals to determine whether their personality is a good match for them. This might result in more people coming into the shelters, certainly a laudable goal.

From Cat News Friday’s perspective the toys were a bit cumbersome, but what was great was to have an opportunity to get an inside view of some of the shelters around the country. To those that Paws viewed, they got a paws-up. It’s a great idea that need a bit of tweaking.

For more info on iPet Companion, click on the following link.

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