Kitty City NM Gets iPet Companion

| January 16, 2016 | 6 Comments

Kitty City NM Gets iPet Companion

iPet CompanionA few years ago, I visited Kitty City NM in person and was really impressed by their facilities.  Kitty City NM is a no-kill cat shelter in Alamogordo, NM.  It is an awesome facility for kitties that are looking for new homes.  Ed reported that in 2015 they adopted 307 cats and we pulled and transported 81 cats and kittens from high kill shelters to no-kill shelters in northern NM and CO

I stay in touch with the operator of Kitty City NM, Ed Denton.  Ed recently wrote me to tell me that they now have iPet Companion, funded through a grant, at their facility.

The iPet Companion system allows website visitors from 172 participating countries to interact with adoptable cats using interactive toys placed in the room and a “live” video camera. The camera rotates 360 degrees and can zoom in on the cats playing with the toys or just catch the cats napping in their beds. The camera and the three toys can all be controlled from your home computer.

To play with the cats click through to Kitty City NM’s website here. Once the camera system links up with your computer you can get into the “queue” to play with the cats by clicking the icon. Each visitor that is in the “queue” is allowed 2 minutes to play once it is their turn.

Kitty City NM is hoping  that this new system will help Kitty City with increased adoptions, donations, volunteers, and visitors to the cattery. We hope you enjoy playing with the kitties!

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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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  1. Patti Johnson says:

    Awesome post, Jenny!!! How wonderful is this technology! I went out and tried to play but the kitties are sleeping right now and I’m not sure if I was doing it right. The camera was moving around but I don’t know if the toy was doing anything (as I couldn’t see it). One little multi-colored kitty in a cat tower was stirring. I’ll try to do more later…

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

  2. Teresa Reid says:

    What a wonderful inventive way to generate interest with all these beautiful and very deserving angels. Sure do hope that it helps each and every one of them find homes faster and generates lots of funding as well. Thanks for sharing and will go to the site to check it out!♥♥♥

  3. Christy says:

    LOVE this idea!

    Probably just me, but the execution of it not so much…

    Anyone have any tips on making this work (besides me getting a brain transplant!)?

    I tried on Safari, Firefox and Chrome and didn’t see anything happening. I could see the cats but the controls didn’t result in anything other than really, really slow response times for the camera. With regard to the toys nothing happened at all.

    The interface is VERY old school and I found it odd that to control the camera the programmers chose letters instead of the seemingly intuitive up/down/left/right arrow keys. Still, even using the keys whether held down constantly or pushed/released didn’t do much because the response from the camera was so slow that by the time it moved your time ran out.

    What am I doing wrong?!

    • Jenny says:

      here’s what ed said:

      “You just have to be patient…. Its not responsive like an xbox game, you have to have decent speed internet and wait for all the ads on the page to load then the camera will load up. In order to use toys or the camera you have to hold the button down rather than just a click. They may just be clicking on the buttons and see nothing happening or they are not waiting long enough for the camera to load when they go to the room.”

    • Patti Johnson says:

      Oh, Christy! I lurve your comments so much. Brain transplant…lol (I know what you mean!) It’s a very frustrating tool to use. I was able to see two kitties sleeping. A black one and a white one with brown and black patches. I tried to move the toys but have no idea if it worked or not. When I would hold down the number for the appropriate toy and the letter for the associated movement my view of the room would change (so I know I was moving the camera in some way…I’m assuming each toy must have a camera mounted on it then). Still, lurve this idea. I suppose for folks with much better broadband speed than I have are really enjoying this. 🙂 <3

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