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Can You Play with Your Cat on an iPad?

Going by what Friskies says, the answer should be yes. Now, you can play with your cat on an iPad. Cat gaming brand Friskies has introduced a duel-species tablet game, “You vs. Cat,” available for iPad and iPad2 tablet devices.

Announced Thursday, March 15, it is claimed to be the first tablet game designed for two players – one human and one cat – to bring big-time competition to playtime. You can download the free game for you and your cat at YouvsCat.com and iTunes, and start playing together.

Cat-like reflexes will be put to the test when the human player launches up to five playing pieces onto the field where they tumble, collide, and bounce around.

By keeping an eye on the playing field, the cat scores one point for each piece captured with deft paw maneuvers and swift taps on the screen.

The gamer with the fastest paws – or fingers – wins the ultimate showdown and top gamer status as your household’s “You vs. Cat” champion, explains the company.

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Earlier, the Friskies brand had partnered with Pet Acoustics, a company dedicated to creating music products specifically for pets, to develop six musical tracks to inspire cats to play. (Read: Now, Playful Tracks Exclusively for Cats)

Friskies is keeping score of matches through the You vs. Cat World-Wide Leaderboard. This automatic scoreboard uploads game points in real time from iPads connected to the Internet. You can see the Leaderboard and track worldwide cat gaming domination at YouvsCat.com.

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“After such positive response to last year’s launch of several Friskies tablet games and apps for cats, we wanted to just keep pushing the play button. ‘You vs. Cat’ takes the fun of feeding cats’ senses through play to a completely new level,” said Alison Coburn, Friskies assistant brand manager.

“With this new game we’re continuing to inspire curiosity and discovery beyond mealtime and bring something completely new to the world of cat play.”

Friskies offers a variety of computer and tablet games and apps for cats, humans…and now cats and humans. GamesForCats.com launched last year features games including Cat Fishing and Party Mix Up.

But why is Friskies doing all this? Because it has to promote its products for cats. The Friskies brand offers a complete line of cat foods, including more than 60 wet, dry and treat varieties.

Friskies is manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare, a global player in the pet care industry.

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