For some reason, Japan seems to be on the forefront of robotic technology. With a declining population and an increasingly elderly one, Japan has been searching for robots to take care of their growing elderly population. Their latest solution is to create a robotic cat that mimics a real cat except for the hard part of actually feeding and cleaning up after it.
This robotic cat purrs when stroked and even snarls if surprised. The idea is to provide companionship for the elderly without giving them the hassle of dealing with veterinarian visits, food, and litter boxes in the process. Perhaps if the Japanese perfect these robotic cats, they can sell them to the rest of the world as well and then we can all enjoy the benefits of a cat without any of the drawbacks.