All of us crazy cat owners secretly believe our felines are the most charming and talented creatures on the planet. Now we can prove it to skeptics and dog owners everywhere with Paint for Cats, an iPad painting app from the same nutty people that brought you Game for Cats, a laser pointer and mouse chase game for those of the four-legged, long-tailed persuasion.
Paint for Cats features a rainbow-striped mouse dancing around and off the screen in a manner designed to tantalize cats into smacking your iPad around. Every time a paw lands, a splash of paint gets added to the faux canvas.
We all know how fickle cats are about toys that are bought for them. I spent $1.99 on Paint for Cats and decided to test it out with some highly scientific experiments.
Test subject No. 1: Delia
Notes: Small black domestic short-hair shows immediate engagement with app. Rapid-fire pawing results in great depth of color. Resulting painting is reminiscent of Motherwell with an obvious Jackson Pollock influence. Makes a bold statement about the plight of polydactyls in an uncaring world.
Test subject No. 2: Archer
Notes: Large black domestic short-hair displays curiosity. A few tentative paw jabs show a lack of innate painting talent. Cat is soon distracted by a bird flying by the window. Session is over.
Test subject No. 3: Dashiell
Notes: Medium-haired gray tabby purrs intensely at the introduction of the app. Stares for a few moments and then runs and hides under the bed. Session is over.
Is letting my cats loose on a sensitive and expensive piece of computing equipment the smartest thing I've ever done? Nope. Was it worth it? Yep. I can't see any signs of damage from the all the claw clicking and I've now shared one of Delia's post-modern masterpieces on Facebook.
Paint for Cats may not inspire any great debates about what constitutes art, but it's about time the elephants had some competition.