Lange Foundation almost a year ago. He's an extremely well-loved Maine Coon mix whose arrival coincided with the arrival of our iPad2. We headed straight to the apps store with kitty in mind. Here are the five tried and true apps our cat loves.
1. Paint for Cats Nate Murray is the genius behind this app. A plump rainbow colored mouse rushes around the screen and when your cat taps it with his paw the thing squeaks loudly and splodges color on the page. Nice feature: You can easily email the pic to your Facebook page or Twitter account. $1.99
2. Game for Cats is also by Nate Murray. There are two games - mouse trap which doesn't interest Tom and the laser light game which he could play for hours. A small red glowing ball bounces around the screen and if the cat hits it makes a high-pitched exploding noise. There's a new butterfly level which we haven't tried yet but sounds cool. Nice feature: There's a score, which means my kid's also love it. $1.99
3. Apps for CatsTiny bugs crawl over the screen and the longer you play the more bugs appear. Keep clicking through to find the bugs on the lightest background - they seem to work best for us. Nice feature: When the cat hits the bugs a meow sounds which seems to keep Tom even more engaged. 99 cents
4.Cat Piano, Jr. A keyboard that plays cat's meows. I have to admit that this freaks the cat out a bit...and the dog. But it makes us laugh! Nice feature: Volume control. The meows can get super loud. Free.
5. Bugs Smasher We play a very pared down version of this where we don't really compete. It's all about squishing bugs. Not very Buddhist of us, but pretty fun for the kids and the cat. Nice feature: The bugs are realistic and the cat responds to the cool squashing sounds. Free
We'd love to know if your cat has a favorite game. Just leave a comment below.