The Random Yak

The Real Reason for the iPad

Filed under: Frivol — Random Yak @ 10:19 am on April 14, 2010

Suddenly, it all becomes so clear.

It’s a cat toy.

Link is safe for work (and kids).  I rarely suggest videos, but this one is pretty entertaining, at least if you’re interested in seeing what the iPad was really designed for.

Tip of the horns, Boingboing.


  1. I don’t usually spend that much on cat toys. Our one surviving cat finds enough amusement in playing fetch with “superballs” (and yes, he does fetch–drops ‘em right at my feet for another go). I have a bag of ‘em left over from a Vacation Bible School gig six years ago, and so far, although he “loses” them under the basement stairs (he likes to throw ‘em down the stairs and chase ‘em), if I go down about once a month, I can recycle ‘em.

    He does get a bit noisy some nights throwing his ball around and chasing it down. Yeh, if we’re not there to throw it for him, he does fine all on his own.

    $500 for a cat toy just seems… extravagant and unnecessary. Not what this tightwad would do.

    On second thought, it seemed to be amusing the human more than the cat, so it wasn’t so much a cat toy as a toy the cat was using to amuse his human. I wonder how the cat induced hi human to purchase the thing…

    Comment by David — April 15, 2010 @ 10:28 am

  2. When it comes to cat toys, I’m in your boat. Ours do fine with assorted flotsam and jetsam they find in the house. Probably doesn’t hurt that Smallest Cat confuses “cat toy” with “cat treat” and ate the last three “cat toys” we tried to bring home. Granted, she doesn’t read well, but under the circumstances it’s cheaper and more effective not to bother purchasing alleged “toys” when they find plenty to amuse themselves without.

    The one concession we’ve made is a laser pointer, which some people seem to think is cruel (apparently because the cats can’t “catch” the dot) but considering ours fully understand (a) where the dot comes from and (b) the fact that they can’t actually catch it, but insist (loudly) on the opportunity to chase it anyway…we’ll keep letting them do it.

    Comment by Random Yak — April 15, 2010 @ 1:40 pm

  3. Yeh, ours likes laser pointers too, but I refuse to keep buying batteries for the things, so… balls it is. *heh*

    Comment by David — April 15, 2010 @ 2:53 pm

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