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Distract your cat with these video game apps

Photo: Birol Bali (Shutterstock)

Photo: Birol Bali (Shutterstock)

If you happen to be a cat person, you know that keeping them entertained is no easy task. Sure, cats spend much of their day sleeping, but when they’re awake, they’re screaming for food, climbing on the keyboard during a Zoom meeting, or running around the house. Since these shenanigans inevitably happen if you don’t have the time or patience for them, it’s always helpful to find new ways to keep them entertained. That’s why there are gaming apps for cats: they can chase fish, pounce on lasers or hunt squirrels, all from the safety of their own home.

While the selection of games for cats is, oddly enough, still quite small, there are several good games you should try, most of which are free or cheap.

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Catfish 2

Available for iOS and Android, this free app lets your cat hunt for fish in a pond, complete with cat-friendly sounds. This includes the ability to personalize the fish and pond, which seems important.

Games for cats!

Available only for iOS, this free app bundles six games: Fishing, Laser Pointers, Mouse Chase, Bird Catch, Squirrel Hunt, and Fly Madness. In other words, there’s something here for every type of cat.

Cat alone 2

Cat alone 2The sequel to Cat aloneis a free app available for iOS and Android. Cat alone 2 offers eight levels for your cat, including a red light, spider, feather, mouse, dandelion seeds, water drop, fish and firefly. It also offers a selfie mode, which allows you to take a picture of your ferocious fighter in action.

Cats Playground

This app, which is only available for Android, costs $1.99 and lets your cat chase a mouse, laser pointer or fish. Although it is a paid app, the advantage is that there are no ads, which reduces the risk of your cat accidentally clicking on a link.

How to get your cat to play the damn game (for real).

Given the opposite nature of cats, who are willing to do anything but what you actually want them to do, getting them to play a gaming app sounds tricky at best, and impossible at worst. Try offering the game on an iPad, as the larger screen size encourages more play, and lower the lights so they can see the graphics better. You also want to have a screen protector to prevent scratches and paw marks from damaging your screen. It also helps to be patient because chances are you’ll ignore it one day but enjoy it the next.

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