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Competing cats

Posted by Richard on June 14, 2006

I don’t think much of "reality" TV — the contrived competitions in particular. In fact, I pride myself on never having watched Fear Factor, Survivor Whatever, the Trump thing, the "weird people living together" thing, or any of the competitive singing, dancing, skating, and traveling things.

But the latest idea for a reality TV show sounds purrr-fectly delightful:

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ten cats in search of owners will spend the next 10 days in a New York store window, their every move caught on camera for a reality TV show on which they will compete for best sleeper and mouse-catcher.

The show is the creation of a petfood company and will be shown on cable channel Animal Planet, as well as on the Web site where viewers will be asked to vote off one feline contestant each day.

The cats, chosen from shelters around the country, will compete for loudest purr, most prolific sleeper and who can catch the most toy mice. Kitties who get the boot will be adopted into permanent homes.

In the tradition of reality shows, the company will hire the top cat as "Feline Vice President of Research and Development," responsible for taste testing and product feedback.

I suppose I’ll have to check it out. Although I have to wonder about the long-term entertainment value of a show that features cats competitively sleeping.


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