I’m a full-time mom, so I really don’t have a lot of free time. However, when a friend of mine shared the Catleidoscope with me, I couldn’t resist taking a little peek. That five-second peek turned into a few minutes, and before I knew it, I had wasted almost an hour surfing cat-related online amusements.
I felt a little guilty until I had the brilliant idea to write a Catster article about the amusing websites that I found. That way, I could justify that it wasn’t a total waste of my time, or so I told myself. Was it a poor use of my time? I invite you to check out a few of these sites and decide for yourself.
WARNING: Time wasting is guaranteed, so make sure you’ve got a few minutes to spare!
The Catleidoscope is just like one of those handheld kaleidoscopes you had when you were a kid. Maybe that’s why it’s so much fun. However, instead of watching little pieces of colored plastic swirl around to form different patterns, you get use your mouse to create a psychedelic cat mosaic. The patterns change as you drag your cursor across the screen.
The Catleidoscope also lets you choose your favorite cat mugshot to twirl around on your computer screen. Simply pick a cat photo and watch the Catleidoscope change instantly.
The LOLCats website is a surefire time-waster, as there are thousands of lolcat photos on the site. Most of the pics are LOL funny and some are even ROFL funny. This site is definitely addictive — you can’t stop at just one.
You can also vote on the lolcat pics by giving them a thumbs up or a thumbs down. Plus, you’re also invited to submit your own funny lolcat photo for possible publication.
Cat Bounce is a mesmerizingly hypnotic website. You get to watch black-and-white tabby cats shake and bounce up and down, while the background color morphs into various shades of pastels. Cat Bounce even delivers a surprise when you click the "make it rain" link (it appears and disappears in the top right corner).
To get a cat to bounce, all you need to do is click and drag one of these furry guys to the top of your screen. Then, let it go and watch the fur fly.
Here’s a twist on the phrase, "It’s raining cats and dogs," except instead of rain, it’s snowing cats. Cat flakes are six-legged cat heads that look like creepy snowflakes. They randomly blow across your screen like an old school Windows screensaver.
Cat Flakes also lets you take control of the weather. Simply drag a slider to choose the number of cat flakes or to change the direction of the wind. Click a button to change the color of the cat flakes. You can also experience the unexpected when you answer, "Is that the worst day of your life?" on the control panel.
Sometimes the best time wasters are the simple things in life, and that holds true for the Bat Cat. A cartoon kitty dressed in a bat costume runs back and forth across your screen while meowing the theme song to Batman.
Of course, every superhero has a sidekick, and Bat Cat is no exception. Bat Mouse adds his squeak to the mix for a truly annoying yet strangely compelling musical ditty.
Circle the Cat is a strategy game that at first glance appears deceptively simple. The goal of the game is to encircle the cat by clicking on the light colored dots. Once you click, the dot changes to a dark green color. You’re supposed to draw a circle of dark dots around the cat, but each time you click, the cat moves a space on the board.
If the cat makes it to the edge of the board before you draw a circle around it, the game is over. It’s a bit like playing chess, but you’re facing off against a four-legged foe.
Remember the Bonsai kitten hoax? And who could forget about our favorite furry pals, Shiroi the Longcat, or Nyan the Pop Tart Cat? At KnowYourMeme.com, they’ve compiled an A to Z list of cat memes. It’s like the mother load of cat history on the Internet. Test your knowledge of online cat sensations by visiting the site and seeing how many cat memes you recognize.
Have we missed any of these crazy kitty time-wasters? Let us know in the comments!
About Holly Tse: Holly Tse is a green cat expert and lifelong environmentalist. Practicing Taoist and Dragon Spirit Guide who has experienced more than nine past lives and can bend reality at will. Totally into alternative healing, but her Achilles’ heel is reality TV cooking shows. As a Canadian expat, she uses an American spell checker for her Catster articles. Check her out at her website.
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