(ANIMAL ART) At the SPCA of Los Angeles, cats are making masterpieces. Cats use an iPad app to paint Pollack-like pictures with their paws by chasing a virtual mouse around the screen. These cats are up for adoption and the art they make is for sale to raise funds for the shelter. Read more on these artistic felines. — Global Animal
LA Weekly, Simone Wilson
So there’s this iPad app called “Paint for Cats.”
Here’s how it works: A little mouse scampers across the screen, prompting your cat (whom you must coerce into sitting still in front of your iPad) to take a whack at it. When paw hits iPad, the mouse makes a little squeak (incentives!) and a splotch of color shows up. And so on and so on, until you have a full screen of cat art.
A non-profit animal shelter in L.A. called the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) has taken this tomfoolery to the next level.
They actually had Animal Planet film the paint sesh in progress — the segment will be aired Saturday night at 8 p.m. — and are now selling the masterworks as greeting cards.
SpcaLA spokeswoman Ana Bustilloz says that since an Associated Press piece on the cats was unleashed onto the Internet yesterday, the shelter has already sold over 100 packs of cards. They go for $5.99 each.
(On that note, the AP must have had a really slow news day yesterday — or must finally be understanding that the Internet will click the crap out of anything relating to cats.)
So the shelter wins, Animal Planet wins and the appsters behind “Paint for Cats” definitely win. Can you say cross-promotion?
But Bustilloz insists that “for me personally, it’s for my shelter and my cats. … The cats are really engaged by it.”
Indeed they are. Photo evidence: