Ebo is a smart robot companion for your cat. It is specifically designed to prevent loneliness and boredom of our furry friends while we’re not at home. It is a Kickstarter project. Ebo’s production status is 90 percent completed (as of November 30, 2019) and the shipping will probably be started in December 2019 (according to producers).
Some Features of Ebo
- It has an App, so you can control its moves remotely.
- You can also see your cat directly on your smartphone when you’re away using the live stream feature of its application.
- Ebo can record 1080p video.
- It is made from cat-friendly materials.
- It always lands on its feet – like your furry friend.
- Ebo can stimulate your cat’s hunting instincts.
- Combined with Ebo collar, you can track your cat’s steps and log the data. That way, you can see your cat’s activity and compare it to the global averages.
- It has built-in sensors for obstacle avoidance.
- You can set the playtimes. Ebo will automatically leave its dock once the playtime arrived.
- When the playtime is over, it can automatically return back to its dock and recharge itself.
- It can do a 360-degree scan of its area to make sure there’s enough room to play.
- It can even dance!
Indoor cats tend to be overweight – Ebo can help
Cats that are kept indoors may need encouragement to exercise. Some cats will play on their own but most of them need a companion to play with. They’ll most likely sleep and don’t play enough while you’re not at home.
That’s where Ebo comes in: it creates a world of interaction, fun, stimulation, and connection that helps your cat to thrive and develop to achieve the best physical and mental health that they possibly can.
Pet obesity has become an increasingly big issue over the years. According to several studies, the majority of American cats are either overweight or obese, mainly because of a lack of stimulation and exercise.
Cats who are overweight or obese have a mortality rate of about 2.8 times higher than their thinner counterparts and have a high risk of developing serious health problems.
Today, 60 percent of cats are overweight or obese in the United States. What’s more, 65 percent of cat owners incorrectly identify their overweight or obese cats as “normal weight”.
Ebo also prevents stress in cats
According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), “keeping your cat as a house cat will help keep them away from busy roads, but some indoor environments can become predictable and boring, leading to stress, inactivity, and obesity.”
The play also provides mental stimulation; as with physical exercise, mental stimulation is essential for ensuring your cat is healthy and happy.
You should still play with your cat
Ebo is really great and helpful, but you should still spend time with your cat.
A cat that lives indoors alone won’t have the freedom to interact with people/other animals outside and so you will become their main companion; make plenty of time to interact with them. You shouldn’t leave cats alone for long periods during the day and when they are left you should provide them with toys and food devices to help prevent them from getting too bored.
Ebo Kickstarter webpage
“Meeting the needs of indoor cats” on Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) website
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