Letter: Virtual cat is already here

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Sir: When a friend relocated from Paris to London, he had to leave at a new home in France his much-loved cat. The acquisition of an English cat being impractical, he was delighted to discover an interactive computer program for a pet cat.

Programmed with all the personality traits of his fluffy French counterpart, "computer cat" is the ideal feline companion: he sleeps, purrs, plays and eats his virtual catfood - but he leaves no virtual messes. So take heart, R Sheppard (letter, 10 March), the virtual cat is here - and he doesn't need a litter tray.

LAURA CURTIS

London SW16

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