I have had Cat Fishing 2 on my iPad for some time now. The app is free from Friskies Purina and most cats will enjoy trying to catch the fish as they swim around. My cat is older but he still enjoys watching the fish.
Downloading The App
Seller: Nestle Purina
Ages: This game is rated 4+ but do not wait until your cat is 4 yrs old to play this. I am not sure why it is not rated for all ages. I bet that babies would find this game engaging as well.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.
Cat Fishing 2 App Details
Orientation: Cat Fishing 2 is in portrait orientation and does not switch back and forth from portrait to landscape. It really does not matter because the only thing at the top of the screen are the stats for how many fish your cat caught, and I doubt that your cat is going to care how well he scored in Cat fishing
Sound: There is no sound to go with Cat Fishing 2. I think this app would be more intriguing to Cats if it engaged their sense of hearing as well with splash sounds. It would be more fun for the cats if it made noises when they placed their paw on the pad.
Catching a Fish: The fish swim around and if your cat puts a paw on one briefly it will disappear after a second. If the cat keeps his paw on the fish it will wiggle around a bit before disappearing. Fish are colored in four colors, It seems that from one game to the next the colors will vary between yellow, pink, blue and green.
Levels and Scoring: Cat Fishing 2 is divided into three levels. In the first level large fish come up one at a time and swim around the screen. All the fish in level one are the same color. The cat scores 10 points for each fish caught.
In level two fish come out in pairs of two different colors. The scoring on level two is 20 points per caught fish.
Finally in level three, the fish come out three at a time in three different colors. The cats score 30 points each.
If you are keeping score, Cat Fishing 2 saves your high score.
Can Cats hurt the screen with their claws?: This is a good question that a friend brought up. My cat does not have front claws but I wonder if a cat with claws would put them out and could harm the iPad screen. I doubt that a cat would put it’s claws out but would be curious to know what others experiences have been. Even if the cat did put out it’s claws I am not sure if it would really damage the iPad screen.
How well our Cat liked Cat Fishing 2
Our Cat Tinkerbelle seemed intrigued with watching the fish swim around but did not try to catch any. I think a younger cat might find this more fun and would engage with it more. Our cat is 13 and has some health issues so I was not surprised that he just watched it.
It definitely caught his attention and I could see that he was following the fish around with his eyes. This might be a great way to tell if your older cat might have a vision problem.
We tried it a few times and he mostly just watched it. You could show the cat how to catch the fish but I do think a young cat will probably try to get them the same way they go after a laser pointer.
Final Thoughts and Rating
This is such a cute app and most cats will enjoy it. My cat really was intrigued with watching it. I think if the app had sound to go with it, my cat might be more inclined to engage with it.
The app gets 4 stars from me for being free, fun, and unique. I took off one star since there is no sound to go with it. The fish are visually stimulating and wiggling just like a real fish.
If you have cats and an iPad I would definitely try this app.