What We're Watching: How a DVD for Cats Got Me Hooked on Bird Videos

A photo of the Cat Sitter DVD case and an old TV.
Andrew Heinzman

I don’t know what I anticipated from Cat Sitter Quantity II, a poorly-printed DVD that guarantees to hypnotize housecats with hours of fowl pictures. At very best, it might give my cats a couple of mins of amusing earlier than discovering its strategy to my pile of ignored discs. However one thing peculiar took place once I fired up Cat Sitter for the primary time—I changed into hooked.

Cat Sitter Quantity II is the second one installment in a sequence of movies via GO CAT, the corporate well-known for its “Da Chicken” feather toys. GO CAT used to promote an array of Cat Sitter DVDs and VHS tapes via its site, along toys, catnip, and a CD-ROM stuffed with cat screensavers. Lately, the corporate sells its vintage Da Chicken toy and a brand new Cat Goals DVD, however no longer a lot else. (You’ll to find an archived model of the GO CAT site and an ISO of Purr-Fect Cat Screensavers at the Web Archive.)

The idea that in the back of Cat Sitter is discreet; it’s an unending loop of intimate fowl movies. Some cats cross loopy for it, whilst others see instantly throughout the facade (or simply don’t care a lot about TV birds). Consider it or no longer, the theory of Cat Sitter lives on lately via YouTube, the place titles like Movies for Cats to Watch and Calming TV for Cats rack up tens of hundreds of thousands of perspectives and, probably, generate critical advert bucks.

In fact, I didn’t know all this crap once I purchased the Cat Sitter Quantity II disc at a Salvation Military closing week. I similar to to shop for bizarre junk, and Cat Sitter appeared proper up my alley. Its dinky duvet artwork and “virtual catnip” slogans are simple to snort at, and hello, cats at all times love the toys that you simply least be expecting, so why no longer give it a shot?

After popping within the Cat Sitter disc, I needed to spherical my cats in combination and dangle them up in entrance of the TV to get their consideration. They stared on the TV a little bit and ultimately wandered off to seem out an actual window or play with an actual toy. However I left the video going. It’s an unending loop, in the end, and I figured that my cats would possibly come again to it. However they didn’t. Nonetheless, I stored staring at Cat Sitter.

I don’t know why I just like the unending loop of low-quality fowl movies. Perhaps it has one thing to do with the audio, which makes for hot background noise. Perhaps it’s for the reason that birds are lovely, or as a result of they provide me one thing to have a look at with out distracting me. All I do know is that I stay staring at fowl movies for cats on YouTube, and I stay enjoying the Cat Sitter disc on my junky little TV.

Copies of Cat Sitter are simple to seek out on eBay, and as I discussed previous, GO CAT sells a brand new DVD titled Cat Goals (which looks as if a widescreen take at the older Cat Sitter movies). However I recommend that you simply skip the DVDs and watch movies for cats on YouTube as a substitute. The Paul Dinning Flora and fauna channel is a great position to begin, with incredible HD movies like Movies for Cats to Watch and Mouse Movies for Cats to Watch. In fact, you’ll simply glance up “movies for cats” on YouTube and to find one that you simply like to look at. I imply—that your cats like to look at, yeah.

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