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We all know that cats rule the Internet. From YouTube to that Cheezburger site, it’s impossible to escape our feline friends. Cats and technology seem to go hand in hand. Fortunately for us, app developers have caught on to this trend and are creating a slew of cat-friendly apps so that your cat can take over your smartphone the same way it commandeers your keyboard. Here are three top apps for cat lovers:
1. App for Cats: If your cat is enthralled by pouncing on lint and chasing bugs, this is the app for you. It’s a simple concept: Bugs crawl at random over your iPhone or iPad, and try as they might, cats won’t ever be able to catch them. Judging by the number of videos out there on YouTube of cats going crazy for it, this app is a feline-friendly hit.
2. Petoxins: Did you know that lilies are notorious for causing renal failure in cats? With this handy app from the ASPCA, you will. This reference app includes pictures and names of toxic plants, as well as information about the problems that are caused when the plants are ingested. For anyone who’s nervously watched his or her cat disassemble an arrangement from the florist, this is a must-have.
3. CU-PetHealth: Brought to you by the experts at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, this useful app allows you to track your cat’s vaccine history, get reminders when your pet is due for medications, and even calculate the right amount of food that you should be feeding your cat. Although your cat may not appreciate the vaccination reminders, you will.
Whether you’re looking for fun games, health information or a place to store your cat’s medical history, there’s an app for that.
Dr. Jessica Vogelsang is a small-animal veterinarian from San Diego. When she's not at work or with her family of two and her four-legged creatures, you can find her blogging about life with pets at PawCurious.com. Dr. Vogelsang's blogs have previously appeared on The Daily Cat.
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