Daniel Hollands set out to adopt a cat, Apricat, last year, with a small hitch:
The RSPCA operate a traffic light classification for all the animals in their care, and upon our first introduction she was classified as green (to indicate that she was friendly), but by our second meeting a week later, she had been downgraded to amber.
Training Apricat proved to be difficult, with Apricat biting and scratching when being pet. This led to Project Wildcat, an IOT tracker using a Feather Huzzah8266, a button, and a 16×8 LED Featherwing to display the time from the last incident. Also, he built a cat-themed case to hold all the components.
As for Apricat? The author notes:
In truth, she had calmed down a lot before I even started making this project, and I think she’s truly feeling at home with us. So of course this project isn’t designed for punishment, instead it’s just a bit of fun and an excuse to build something, because we really love Apricat, and know that when she does bite us, it’s not aggressive, but instead just her playful way of showing she loves us.
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.