If you search “cats react to robot cat” on Google or YouTube, you will see user Such Wow’s viral compilation video of curious felines carefully inspecting its lifelike robotic counterpart. If you haven’t yet, you can watch said video below:
According to the Cat Behavior Alliance, our feline friends are instinctively curious and inquisitive animals driven by their nature to survive and stay safe. May they be wild or domesticated, cats find any changes to their environment a potential threat. Being the smart creatures that they are, they would proceed to investigate with the utmost caution, much like how they reacted to the robot cat from the clip above.
Do they enjoy being a detective? Science says they do! The Cat Behavior Alliance explains that these curious animals have anatomy built for exploration, which explains why they often go out on their own to explore the outside world only to come back home after you have gathered a search party for them.
As nature’s curious explorers, pet owners are encouraged to keep their feline friends mentally stimulated through playtime and toys. Give them the ultimate experience of both by getting them a robotic cat of their own!
Robotic cats are programmed to have lifelike features of their live counterparts; they can purr, move its tail, walk, and for some models even “breathe”. With these features alone, a kitty would naturally be drawn to investigate, interact, and later on play with it.
If you make your robot cat purr, a kitty would immediately hear this and approach it even if it was at the far end of the room due to their sensitive ears. Since felines are also gifted with a great sense of smell, they would proceed to sniff the robot cat to investigate if they are real or not. After determining that it’s the latter, your kitty may start playing with it.
Although it does not replace a real playmate, a robot cat can still make for a great playtime and toy for your kitty. It can also be a companion for your feline friend in case you have to leave home for a bit.
A word of caution, be ready for a lot of cute and hilarious videos of your cat and its new robotic best friend coming your way! Do remember to share them for the whole world to watch, it would be a shame to miss out on these videos.
There are models that can cost up to a hundred dollars, but prices can vary depending on the manufacturer, its features, and where you purchase them.
There are a lot of robot cats available in the market and are easily purchasable online. You can look for the best robot cat for you in this guide and find out where you can buy them.