Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Mac The Outreach Cat





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The note reads:
Meet Mac!
CMPL's Outreach "Cat"
Mac is a "Joy For All" Companion Pet.  He was recently purchased to accompany our Outreach Librarian on her visits to local senior residences.  Robotic companion pets have been show to comfort and amuse lonely people, especially people with Alzheimer's or Dementia.  When not busy visiting senior residences, Mac will be available for check out as part of the library's Tech To Go Collection.

I visited The Clinton-Macomb Public Library over last weekend, and was bowled over to see a robot cat on the counter!  I petted Mac, and you'll see that his head moves, and he purrs.  Mac was new to me, having not come across a cat robot before.  Of course, I would prefer a living, breathing kitty at the library, but for its purpose, this seems a wonderful, thoughtful solution.  Cool!

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24 comments:

Brian said...

Hmmmmm, I wonder what Simon would think of a robot cat?!?!

Sandee said...

What a clever idea. I love this. I want one.

Have a fabulous day. ♥

William’s Kith & Kin said...

How sweet! We've heard about robotic therapy dogs but never a cat. We think it's about time!

Tamago said...

Wow, Mac is so adorable! How he moves is amazing. I've seen robotic seal but didn't know there was a cat robot!

My Mind's Eye said...

Oh my CATS!!! Mac is adorable
I have never see a robotic cat!!
Hugs cecilia

Olka said...

God, that's creepy!
I think I don't like it, but a toy like this would be a grat idea for everyone who buys or adopts a cat for a gift...
2 months after Christmas are usually the worst, because all these missed gifts (pets) are going to be returned or kicked out from homes :( So this toy instead of real animal would be amazing for them!!

Summer said...

I think Mac is... um... kinda creepy! I know that at the hospitals I visit, it makes a big difference that I am a living, breathing kitty who responds in sometimes fun and unexpected ways. And the nursing home with dementia and Alzheimers patients that I sometimes visit... I think a lot of them would know the difference too, and their families who are visiting would CERTAINLY know!

The Creative Cat said...

That's very interesting they have one to check out. I heard a TED talk about a study that showed robotic pets helped people with dementia stay attached to daily life when they kept them in their environment, a good thing for people who can't actually have pets because of their physical or mental condition or their living arrangements. It would be kind of creepy, though.

Deziz World said...

Like you, we'd purrfurr a real kitty. And fur what they paid fur robot Mac, they could have saved several kitties. Big hugs

Luv ya'

Dezi and Raena

The Island Cats said...

Hmmmm...we're with you...a real kitty would be better.

Katie Isabella said...

I am amazed at Max. I'd like to know on down the line if he makes a difference in those he visits. I have never heard of a robotic cat. This is really a surprise.

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

A real library cat would be much better, but I think Mac would be good for people who aren't allowed to keep pets and really miss having a cat.

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

What a creative idea!

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

I didn't even know they had those! I was doing some research on pets for seniors and I saw that they have mechanical pets - but I never dreamed they'd be so close to seeming real. My Mom was in the memory care unit that had a ginger boy (real of course). She couldn't stop talking about the cat and I was so very grateful to Kahlua (his name) for being there when I couldn't - and interacting with her when I struggled to.

Feline Opines, the World from a Feline Point of View said...

Meowza! I hope The Female Human doesn't see this,she just might replace us with robotic cats! But then again, no robotic cat could have as much pourrsonality as we do!
Purrs & Head Bonks,
Oliver

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

I prefer the real thing too, but I agree, it is a good idea :)

John Bellen said...

What do real cats think of him when they meet him, I wonder.

M. K. Clinton said...

That is amazing and would be wonderful for people with disabilities.

Fr. Tom Fishworthy said...

It's the next best thing to a real kitty, I think and purrfect for people who might have allergies, too. - Tom x

Valentine said...

I would purr-fer that they had a live pussycat, too, but I guess that plushy is the next best thing. I wonder if it meows. I wonder if the folks at the library have looked in to the possibility of visits from a live cat. I know our friend Summer, is a "pet me" cat for cat shows and also visits humans in hospitals. Maybe there is a kitty like her in your area? Hugs.

Marg said...

Well I guess a robot cat would be kind of nice. He doesn't require food or cleaning up afterwards. He is cute.

Caren Gittleman said...

I think this is simply BRILLIANT! Just brilliant and I think it will bring tons of comfort to many people.

Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

What a lovely idea. I know people who wanted to try it but didn't want to invest in it in case it didn't work out. Now they can see if it will be liked before investing

Three Chatty Cats said...

Wow, that is very cool! While the real thing is better, this is clearly a great option for those that can't have one.