Petting cats virtually (2014)

In memory of Mikei Nekko, my beautiful cat

In memory of Mikei Nekko, my beautiful cat

“Pet the kitties” is a “revolutionary new app that emulates the experience of petting cats.” Inspired by my severe cat deprivation, it was conceived and created on a long train ride between Munich and Vienna. It enables users to pet cat gifs, which respond by becoming animated.

I scoured the internet for the cutest cat gifs available and designed the user experience. (Tired of a cat? Simply stop petting it, and a new cat will soon appear!) Lucas Garron did the coding (and populated our original, offline version of the app with gifs from his collection).

You can try it out here or contribute to the project here. The experience is best on touchscreens, but you can also pet cats using your mouse pointer. No cat-and-mouse joke intended.