Posted on Friday, April 29th, 2011

Shelter Cats go Digital in Oregon with Cyber Toys

Cat cam

A new technology allows you to interact with cats in shelters by manipulating their toys with your mouse.

Let’s say you are at your desk and aren’t in a productive mood. What you really wish you could be doing is playing with some kittens!

Thanks to iPetCompanion, pet lovers from around the world can play with cats at shelters in Idaho and Oregon. By visiting the home page of a participating shelter in Portland, visitors get a glimpse into the cats’ home while being able to manipulate a variety of toys.

Dr. Dennis Turner, an author and researcher in animal behavior at the University of Zurich in Switzerland says, “The basic idea of an online kitty play room is great for both people who are, for one reason or another, unable to play with their own cat, and for the kittens, to help with socialization, reduce boredom in the shelter and promote later adoption.”

Cat adoption is already up 16% for the Oregon Humane Society. With a response like that, we hope that more shelters will start using the application.

The Oregon Humane Society’s site is highly interactive, and is sure to become one of your favorite places to spend just a few minutes online – especially for anybody who loves playing with cats! For more information check out Aprori Control’s homepage, or visit the Oregon Humane Society’s site and play with a special cat today.