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Lions and Tigers and Kittens Playing on Tablets? Oh, My!

Toddlers playing with iPads. That is just so 2011.

The hot trend, as we prepare for 2012, is animals using touchscreens. First there was this bullfrog playing an Android game. Then there was the report of orangutans using iPads for video chat. Now, there’s this video of a cat playing Fruit Ninja.

That’s not all. There’s a dog playing Veggie Samurai, a bearded dragon lizard playing Ant Crusher, and even a monkey playing Angry Birds.

Some are actually targeting the market directly — like Purina, the maker of Friskies cat food. The company has a series of apps designed just for felines.

I guess it is probably a good thing that the iPad screen is made of Gorilla Glass.

According to Friskies, the iPad playing surface is kitty-friendly.

“We found that the bare glass screen on the iPad stands up to our cat’s claws with no problems, but please be aware that a cat’s sharp claws could damage add-on plastic film covers,” the company says on the technical support page for its cat games.

With additional reporting by Liz Gannes.


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