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Motion sensors surround your
otherwise innocent seeming cat
feeding bowl. On the approach of
said kitty, simple robotic object
avoidance algorythms kick in.
Hidden wheels under the bowl
send the food skittering about the
floor, attempting at all times to
stay a certain distance away
cats and other obstacles. This
provides kitty with a stimulation of
the natural hunting instinct which
might otherwise be suppressed by
the daily feeding ritual. Kitty will
then be fed, satisfied that they are
a mighty hunter, and too tired to
I knew it sounded familiar.
[ldischler, Jan 11 2007]
Shows I didn't do my research... [theleopard, Dec 14 2011]
It appears that this is now a thing ... [8th of 7, Aug 10 2020]
||fluffy is skidding around the kitchen and she needs the exercise.
||Well searched there [ldischler]. I
had only looked in the home:pets
category, not in the food:pet food
one. The linked idea is remote
controlled, not autonomous, but
then [8th of 7]'s anno says //if the
bowl had PIR movement sensors it
could automatically scuttle away
from any approaching heat
||Mmm. Borderline, but probably
||I see where you're coming from, but i just don't think this would prevent my cats from bringing in a decapited bird and sicked-up mice? Would be a great way to pass time though... How long could i go tormenting my cat who enjoys biting me?.. endlessly.. Bun from me +
||Bun for the mess this would create alone.
||Also, a study in successful idea naming. This was essentially a previously posted idea with a less snazzy name that only got two buns.
||Oh, bum. I did one two years after this as well!