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April 12, 2024 7:32 AM   Subscribe

meow.camera lets you watch live feeds from hundreds (thousands?) of cozy and custom-decorated cat feeders set up throughout various cities in China.

The organization that created the cat feeders is called 哈啰街猫 (Hello Street Cat), but each one is locally maintained by a volunteer human caretaker who keeps it clean and tops off the food supply. The cameras are used to track and identify the stray cats, and the organization says it has thus far led to the trap/neuter/release of over 25,000 cats. An official phone app apparently lets viewers donate to immediately release additional food/treats.

Here's a scrappy little English language wiki some fans have set up.

And here's some footage of a hedgehog!
posted by nobody (14 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
(Best is when two cats show up at once, or when they lounge around on top of each other for a while. It's currently nighttime, but note the whole thing is also a little more engaging during daylight hours, when you can catch a bit of neighborhood/shelter/shop context around the edges of the frame.)
posted by nobody at 7:32 AM on April 12 [2 favorites]

posted by dismas at 7:49 AM on April 12 [4 favorites]

As someone who takes care of a small colony of feral cats I can attest that having street cats to watch is marvelous; it's like a cross between an aquarium and a reality show. Following the drama that goes on in my yard is enormously entertaining.

There are probably street cats in your neighborhood who need your help. If you want to start feeding them, I highly recommend Alley Cat Allies, which is full of excellent resources. They've established a Feral Friends Network which can get you in contact with local people who can help you get a colony healthy and stable. There's also an active and helpful subreddit dedicated to helping feral kitties.

It's amazing how much of a difference you can make in their lives.
posted by MrVisible at 7:54 AM on April 12 [7 favorites]

Lol there's a badger eating at Ms Fellow.
posted by xthlc at 7:55 AM on April 12 [1 favorite]

Oh, this is what my day needed!
posted by maryellenreads at 8:59 AM on April 12 [1 favorite]

FYI, the web viewer linked will only display cameras being watched by someone using the app, which I can’t seem to find a link for on the iOS App Store.
posted by sixswitch at 9:07 AM on April 12

Ms Dress is sleeping behind her mound of chow :D
posted by Glinn at 9:49 AM on April 12

posted by Kitteh at 9:55 AM on April 12 [1 favorite]

FYI, the web viewer linked will only display cameras being watched by someone using the app...

Huh, curious. When clicking on cameras I've saved as favorites, I'll often see a "turning on feeder camera, please be patient" message, but maybe that's misleading? (Sometimes it does seem to get hung up on that message.)

...which I can’t seem to find a link for on the iOS App Store.

I haven't dug around to determine if this is actually by the original company (hence not linking to it), but "Purrrr! -feed online" looks like it might be an international version of the (China-only?) JieMao app. (This subreddit post is where I just saw it mentioned.)
posted by nobody at 10:09 AM on April 12

I don't know why I was startled each time I clicked on one and there was a cat. What was I expecting?
posted by The corpse in the library at 12:09 PM on April 12 [6 favorites]

I found one where a very sleepy cat was snoozing with its head cradled in the feeder opening.
posted by belladonna at 6:29 PM on April 14

This one -- right now, at least -- has three little kittens, one of whom just started pawing at the camera!
posted by nobody at 10:16 PM on April 14

Mod note: [btw, this fun and sweet post and MrVisible's comment (and Bob!) have been added to the sidebar and the Best Of blog!]
posted by taz (staff) at 3:19 AM on April 15

I'd somehow missed that the "Front" "Top" and "Back" buttons in the lower-right let you cycle between three different cameras. I've noticed "Top" often seems to show extra cats waiting along the edges (especially at this feeder, which I think might be inside of an animal shelter).
posted by nobody at 2:43 PM on April 19 [1 favorite]

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