My Inner Scientist has, it must be said, some totally bonkers ideas at times. Sometimes, the ideas are good and need a little work, and other times they take a lot of work only to turn out not to be so good.
The latest example may fall into the latter category.
A Cat Cam.
That’s right, a tiny camera that is fitted to a cat’s forehead, which is set to take a photograph of anything that the cat finds remotely interesting.
The thing is, cats are free spirits. They aren’t interested in things that we’d expect them to be interested in, and are rather drawn somewhat to something else.
Shadowcat was my willing volunteer for this experiment, although I had to trick him into wearing the tiny camera… and even then he didn’t wear it for long. And he doesn’t like being tricked, as he pointed out with his extremely sharp claws.
However, he did take some rather good photos… but he poses for the camera far better than he takes meaningful shots.
In the above three photos of the intrepid photographer himself, the first one shows his reaction as I showed him the device I was going to place on his head, like a cap. The second shows how pleased he was to have been chosen for such a unique opportunity for a member of feline society to undertake. And the third one shows him with the intricate receiving device in the background, cleverly disguised as a tipped-over old dustbin. The antenna is clearly visible on the side.
Was Shadow hunting for mice as he was taking these photos? We’ll never know.
The thing is, the grass was so long, he ran head-first into a wall and destroyed the Cat Cam on its first outing. Ah well, back to the drawing board.
I’m already drawing up plans for a bird cam. I wonder how that’ll work out…
Oh, and no animals were injured in the making of this post.