A blizzard of weather stories has been blowing through newscasts recently. Drought in the West. Wildfires in the Pacific rainforests. Record rainfall and flooding in the Southeast. The news has been dark and dreary. However, one thing is guaranteed to make a thunderstorm feel like a sunny day: Cats.
I was sure that someone had come up with a way to combine weather and kitties, and the Internet did not disappoint. I found several weather apps featuring forecasts to make any day better.
Weather Kitty is my favorite cat weather app. Users choose a set of cat photos to illustrate weather conditions. For $1.99, you have more choices, including Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub, Yoga Cats, and your own pix. It’s sister site Weather Puppy supports nonprofit organizations that help dogs, but Weather Kitty does not — yet. When I asked Suraj Hemnani, cofounder of Weather Puppy and Weather Kitty, why that was so, he told me they’ve been trying to find a national partner, which “makes more sense considering the user base of the app.” He made a point of telling me that many of Weather Puppy’s partners are organizations that help both cats and dogs.
With content provided by Weather Underground, Weather Kitty is a perfect pet weather app: accurate data, hourly and 10-day forecasts, and cats!
Kittehs dressed for the weather bring you a four-day furr-cast, translated into that bizarre form of Internet communication made popular by LOLcats.com. So, yes you can haz your cheezy talk and know whether today is a raincoat or sunglasses day. Cirrusly. And while I’m not really a fan of lolspeak, I have to give the folks at Weather Whiskers props for their attention to every purrfect feline detail. Examples (seen in the screengrabs above) include the kitty ears above the drop-down menu in the top left corner, the cat-shaped rain cloud or sun in their iconography, and my favorite: a tiny cat playing with the spinning circle that appears at the top when you pull down the screen to refresh.
A relative newcomer to the list of pet weather apps, Weather with Cat’s features best-dressed cats in clothing that not only is appropriate for the current weather conditions but also looks so good. Oh, and it also offers current weather and the forecast for the next 12 hours. These kitties are chill, no matter what the weather. However, the grammar geek in me wants to swat that unnecessary apostrophe right outta the name.
This very simple cat app shows the current weather for your location, including temperature, precipitation, and wind. Swipe to find out the forecast for the next four days. Users can choose which cat fur background they would like, including orange cat, tabby fur, and leopard spots. While it’s nice to see sunny days predicted for three days in row, this app could be easily improved with a more diverse set of pictures instead of the same photo for each day. Surely, the developers could find photos of cats in the sun. Or they could stop by my house, where the forecast is sun showers with a 100 percent chance of multiple cats.
Meteo Cat offers current conditions plus the forecast for the next several hours and several days, accompanied by a cute cat dressed for the weather. Probably best enjoyed by the human kittens.
What’s that? You want weather apps with dogs? Check out our review of dog weather apps on Dogster.
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About the author: Susan C. Willett is a writer, photographer, and blogger whose award-winning original stories, photography, poetry, and humor can be found at Life With Dogs and Cats. She lives in New Jersey with four cats and three dogs (all rescues) and at least a couple of humans — all of whom provide inspiration for her work. Refusing to take sides in the interweb’s dogs vs. cats debate, Susan enjoys observing the interspecies interaction among the varied inhabitants of her home — like living in a reality TV show, only furrier. In addition to Life With Dogs and Cats, you can find more Dawn, Athena, Calvin and Elsa Clair (and the rest of the gang) on Haiku by Dog™, Haiku by Cat™, and Dogs and Cats Texting.