If you’ve ever watched a cat lick itself or another cat and thought, “I wish I could lick that cat, too,” there’s a Kickstarter project just for you.
LICKI is a silicone brush shaped like a giant tongue that will supposedly allow you to bond with your cat by licking it.
“Cats groom each other as a form of social bonding,” the Kickstarter page from Jason O’Mara of PDX Pet Design stated. “There’s also evidence to suggest that cats view and treat their human captors as large cats. As a human, you’re left out of the intimate licking ritual. At best, you have a one-sided licking relationship with your cat.”
In theory, the LICKI would help the affection run both ways, no actual cat-licking necessary. On the other hand, it does look pretty weird.