Cats are, far and away, my favorite thing to look up on YouTube when I need a laugh, but for some reason it is the combination of cats and technology that fascinates me the most. Here are three of my favorite videos to watch featuring our furry feline friends and various electronic devices.
Posted in April of 2007, “Treadmill Kittens” has 2,586,280 hits as of April 2010. The video features two cats attempting to run on the treadmill. If you listen closely, you can hear the sound of their attending humans as they turn up the treadmill ever so slowly. No one gets hurt, but it is fun to watch as first one of the kittens slips to the end and rather than giving up, moves to running two legged before hopping back on completely for an attempted four legged run. Meanwhile, the other cat jumps on and off the treadmill at random intervals, attempts to run, does not do so well at that, and falls off. You still have to give both cats credit for trying; you do not see either of their owners on that treadmill, do you?
Kitty on a Roomba
From December of 2008 comes “Kitty on a Roomba”. For those who missed the whole Roomba thing, it is a small robot used to clean rooms. Shaped like a discus or flying saucer, it wanders around the room cleaning the floor and bumping into things to change direction. What I love about this video is the nonchalant attitude of the cat. He sits on this flying saucer as it runs into the toilet not once, but twice without so much as a flinch. It is almost surreal, which makes me wonder if this is the normal attitude for that particular cat or if he happens to be sedated somehow. His dismount is too clean for sedation though, so he is probably just a real cool customer. Since 2008, “Kitty on a Roomba” has garnered 898,498 views.
Iggy investigates an IPad.
This is my most recent favorite, “Iggy investigates an Ipad”, and it actually has the most views out of the whole set with 4,810,114. Why do you ask? Because it is a cat playing an IPad which apparently has a piano program on it. No, he will not be the next Mozart, but Iggy, the cat, is apparently bright enough to figure out making the screen do what he wants within a matter of seconds. My personal feelings on the IPad are that it really is not that great, but it might be fun to see if my dog, Godzilla, can manage to figure the thing out as quickly. I do not think she would, but that is more a question of interest than intelligence.
Cats and technology, together they can make for some interesting moments and those interesting moments should be shared on YouTube so that all the world can enjoy them too.