Robo-kitties are not fur-real, says cat charity

12 May 2015
12 May 2015

Following reports that robots may replace pets in the future (1), Cats Protection’s Behaviour Manager Nicky Trevorrow said: "It's actually quite depressing to imagine that humans could ever end up sharing their homes with robot pets instead of real dogs and cats.

"Children especially learn so much from keeping animals and programmed affection is no substitute for the real two-way bond between a pet and its owner. And it's sad to think a lump of metal could take the place of a sentient being with a unique personality - there's nothing more comforting than a warm, purring cat on your lap.

"Cats Protection has thousands of cats in care in need of loving homes, who have so much to offer in terms of companionship, so we certainly hope this vision of the future doesn’t turn into a reality."

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Notes to Editors:
1. Animal welfare researcher Dr Jean-Loup Rault, University of Melbourne, Australia.
2. Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps over 194,000 cats each year through a national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 31 adoption centres.
3. Cats Protection’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
4. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland). Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity in all published material.
5. More information about the work of Cats Protection can be found at www.cats.org.uk