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Cat Videos Go Interactive With PSPCA’s New Online Tool

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(Credit: Sarah Eremus/Pennsylvania SPCA)

(Credit: Sarah Eremus/Pennsylvania SPCA)

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By Molly Daly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Pennsylvania SPCA has unveiled a new interactive tool that allows feline fanciers to play with shelter cats from any computer.

If watching kitty videos online only leaves you hungry for more cat action, this tool’s for you. The Pennsylvania SPCA’s Sarah Eremus says the software, called iPet Companion, opens a live video window into  the shelter’s cat room.

“They can actually use a camera to zoom in, they can pan around the room, and then with the click of a mouse, they can click on different buttons that will send signals to different toys that have been installed in the room, and those toys will start to dance around, they’ll twirl, and the cats will get really excited and start to play with them.”

If they’re awake — but, because the feed is live around the clock you can always check back.

Eremus says the program gives shelter cats much-needed stimulation, while sparking interest on the human end.

“It will allow people who are in their homes to learn more about our cats, learn more about our shelter, and then come in, and meet the cats in person, and take them home.”

Find the link, and maybe a new member of the family, at PSPCA.org.

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