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A cat you would never expect to see

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Cats are one of the most lovely and charming creatures on this planet. Sure, they walk their paths and at first, you may think they are rather individualists but that is not always true. Everyone, at least, likes animals and a lot of people want to have their own pet. However, it is sometimes not possible for them to have one because, for example, of the allergies. Approximately 15%-20% of people with allergies are allergic to cat’s and/or dog’s fur. It may seem like there is no other option for animal lovers who are allergic to them to have their own pet. You couldn’t be more wrong.

Elephant Robotics created a furless robotic cat called MarsCat. On their official website, they call the Cat as “she” so I won’t be different. The company tried to make her act and look like a real cat. I think they succeeded. The Cat sleeps, walks, meows, purrs and looks a lot like our furry friend. She can stretch, tap, show different emotions. The MarsCat can play with you because she sees the objects. She can hear you and you can even rub her chin and she will feel it. The Cat has 6 characters that you can create by yourself. It depends on how much time you play with her and pay attention to her. According to www.elephantrobotics.com – the Elephant Robotics official website – “She may be enthusiastic or aloof, energetic or lazy, social or shy. If you barely respond to her and try to play with her later, she may ignore you”. According to an article on The Verge, it will cost $1,299 but “$649 for the first 100 backers”.

This may seem like a pretty good solution for people with allergies because the Cat doesn’t have fur or the elderly because she is not that demanding as a normal cat. However, is it worth buying? Apart from the purchase cost of MarsCat, will it be a long-lasting relation as with a real cat or will it be just an expensive toy for a few weeks?

In my opinion, she wouldn’t replace a real cat and she might be even a little bit scary – a cat with lots of wires in it.  You have fun, a good time with a robotic cat and everything is great. In a while, you get tired of it, you don’t want to “take care” of it anymore so you just reset it or turn off and put it somewhere. You have a zero connection with her. When it comes to a real cat you have a responsibility and you need to do things connected with your pet, you have a strong relation with it. 

But, maybe that’s what it is all about – a great toy that you can use any time you want. Let me know what do you think about this idea!


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