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10 Best Apps for Cats: Games, Health & More!

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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If you’re short on space, keeping your cat entertained with various toys can be difficult. Most of us use apps on our favorite devices daily, and keeping our favorite felines happy while we’re working is as simple as downloading a few cat-friendly games.

Designing an app for a cat might sound strange, but there is a variety available for your favorite devices, whether you prefer Android or iOS. You can find interactive games with animated mice, health apps to help you track vaccinations, and even a few cat-related apps just for fun. First, we’ll show you the five best interactive games for cats. Then you can find the three best health apps for cats, followed by two great cat apps that are just for fun.

Top 5 Interactive Games for Cats:

1. Cat Alone

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Platform: Android, Apple
Free: Yes

Indoor cats don’t get many chances to practice their hunting skills, and this app gives them various creatures to bat at without making a mess. Along with the laser pointer and finger, the app enables you to choose between cockroaches, flies, butterflies, ladybirds, larvae, and lizards. All eight stages give cats plenty of things to play with.

This app is free to install on both Android and Apple, but it does contain adverts. These may distract your cat while they’re playing.

Pros
  • Eight stages
  • Choose between a laser pointer, cockroaches, flies, a finger, butterflies, larva, lizards, and ladybugs

Cons
  • Contains ads


2. Mouse for Cats

Platform: Android, Apple
Purpose: Simulation
Free: Yes

Mouse for Cats uses bright colors, animated movements, and sound to capture your cat’s attention. The game contains 11 levels with various mouse designs to keep things interesting. Your cat can even unlock three mini-games when they catch 100 mice. You can play along with your cat by moving the mice around to entice your kitten to play.

While there is an option to remove ads, it requires payment. Younger kittens are usually more interested in these types of games.

Pros
  • 11 levels
  • Mini games
  • Squeak sounds to capture your cat’s attention

Cons
  • Contains ads
  • Older cats might not be as interested as kittens


3. Cat Toy

Platform: Android
Purpose: Hunting game
Free: Yes

For cats that find animated mice overrated, the Cat Toy app gives a much wider variety of animated creatures that they can bat at. Along with the typical laser pointer, human finger, and a ball, your cat can match their wits against dragonflies, spiders, and frogs.

The adjustable speed enables you to give your cat an extra challenge and keep them interested longer. Despite this, the game doesn’t require much human input, so you can work while your cat is distracted.

Some owners have found that younger cats are more interested in the game, and there are ads, but you can remove these for a fee.

Pros
  • Six choices
  • Adjustable speed
  • Doesn’t require human input

Cons
  • Contains ads
  • Kittens find it more interesting than older cats do


4. Cat Playground

Platform: Android
Purpose: Simulation
Free: No

Instead of downloading multiple apps for your cat, Cat Playground enables you to entertain your cat through multiple games with one app. They can hunt lasers, fish, mice and play a game of whack-a-mole. The app keeps track of their score too, so you can reward them when they break their personal records.

Unlike some other options on this list, though, this one needs to be purchased and is only available on Android. Some owners also find the lack of speed controls for each game limiting.

Pros
  • Multiple games in one app

Cons
  • Requires purchase
  • No speed control


5. Paint for Cats

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Platform: Apple
Purpose: Painting
Free: No

Hobbies are always more fun when you have a friend to work with, and cats are an inquisitive bunch. If they’re always hassling you when you break out the paints, you can give them a canvas of their own with the Paint for Cats app.

You can choose the color palette that your cat uses, and they’ll paint a picture while they chase an animated mouse. When they’re finished, you can even print out the finished painting to create a gallery for your “Pi-cat-so.”

This app does require you to buy it before you can use it and is only available on iOS devices.

Pros
  • Your cat paints while they chase a mouse
  • Printable masterpieces

Cons
  • Requires purchase
  • Only available for iOS

Top 3 Health Apps for Cats:

6. Pet First Aid: American Red Cross

Platform: Android, Apple
Purpose: Medical
Free: Yes

The American Red Cross enables you to keep an encyclopedia of medical knowledge on your phone for emergencies. With support for both cats and dogs, you can follow step-by-step instructions and check for early warning signs to handle emergencies calmly.

While it isn’t a replacement for veterinary care, the app teaches you how to handle minor emergencies. It also enables you to make multiple pet profiles to keep track of veterinary appointments or recurring flea treatments. You can even use it while you’re traveling so you can always find the closest pet-friendly hotels or emergency clinics.

Unfortunately, this app only contains information for cats and dogs and doesn’t have anything for other pets.

Pros
  • For both cats and dogs
  • Step-by-step instructions for emergencies
  • Early warning signs
  • Locates nearby emergency vets and pet-friendly hotels
  • Multiple pet profiles

Cons
  • Not a replacement for veterinary care
  • No support for other pets

 


7. 11pets

Platform: Android, Apple
Purpose: Reminders
Free: Yes

Whether you have one cat, several, or a menagerie of different animals, keeping track of everything can be a challenge. 11Pets enables you to make each of your pets a personal profile that contains everything from their medical history, vaccination reminders, and your favorite photos.

Unlike many other modern apps, 11pets doesn’t require an internet connection to work, enabling you to keep your information up to date even without regular access to Wi-Fi.

It’s not only beneficial for pet owners. Groomers and animal welfare organizations can use the Groomer or Adopt apps to keep track of their businesses. Some users find the database difficult to navigate, though.

Pros
  • Suitable for pet owners, animal welfare organizations, and groomers
  • Doesn’t require Wi-Fi
  • Set up reminders for pet care
  • Suitable for multiple animals

Cons
  • Can be difficult to navigate


 8. Chewy

Platform: Android, Apple
Purpose: Shopping
Free: Yes

When it comes to shopping for pet supplies, Chewy is one of the most popular online stores for all your cat’s needs. If you find yourself with free time when you’re away from your computer, the Chewy app enables you to keep track of your auto-shipping orders and shipped packages.

You can create profiles for each of your cats and receive recommendations for toys, food, litter, and other supplies. The app also enables you to keep track of your favorite products in case you want to buy them again.

Some users dislike the fact that Chewy uses FedEx to ship packages, and there is no way to choose your preferred shipping service.

Pros
  • Enables you to manage auto-shipping
  • Receive recommendations for your pets
  • Favorites list
  • Track packages

Cons
  • Some owners dislike using FedEx

 

Top 2 Just for Fun Apps for Cats:

9. Cat Scanner: Breed Recognition

Platform: Android, Apple
Purpose: Education
Free: Yes

If you’re looking for a fun app, the Cat Scanner analyzes pictures of your cat and gives you their breed information. While it’ll never be as accurate as a DNA test, it’s a fun, free way to see which breed your cat looks like. It also includes a collection feature that enables you to keep track of cats that you’ve scanned.

For extra fun, you can also scan friends and family — the human ones — to find out what felines they resemble!

The free version does contain ads, and despite the claims, the scan feature isn’t always accurate.

Pros
  • Tells you your cat’s breed based on a picture
  • Collection feature
  • Enables you to “scan” people

Cons
  • Contains ads
  • Designed to be fun more than entirely accurate


10. MeowTalk

Platform: Android, Apple
Purpose: Entertainment
Free: Yes

If you’ve ever wondered what your cat is saying, MeowTalk translates their meows for you. The app recognizes 11 different “intentions” and tells you what your cat is feeling and their state of mind. These “intents” include happiness, defensiveness, requests for attention, and even calls to kittens by mother cats.

You can also help the app learn your cat’s vocabulary by telling it what your cat is saying when it misinterprets. It’ll take a few tries, but the app will eventually recognize your translation instead.

MeowTalk enables you to download the audio history, but only if you purchase a monthly subscription; this also removes the in-game ads.

Pros
  • 11 intents
  • Learns and recognizes your cat’s meows
  • Enables you to tell the app what each meow means

Cons
  • Contains ads
  • Subscription required to download audio history

Conclusion

These days, we’re never too far from our phones, but our pets are a big part of our lives too. Combining technology with the responsibility of caring for cats only makes sense.

Whether you need to keep your playful kitten entertained or to help remember veterinary visits, there’s an app suited for your purposes. This list contained the top 10 apps for cats, from hunting games to pet health and scheduling reminders, so hopefully, you found the best ones for you.


Featured Image Credit: Eric Isselee, Shutterstock

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