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" I think that computers today allow us one last opportunity to provide something like a level playingfield in America."
- William Gibson

Electric Cat (Robot Cat)  
  A robot presenting the appearance of a common domestic cat.  

...he had picked up the first malfunctioning animal for the day. An electric cat: it lay in the plastic dust-proof carrying cage in the rear of the truck and panted erratically. You'd almost think it was real, Isadore observed as he headed back to the Van Ness Pet Hospital - that carefully misnamed little enterprise which barely existed in the tough, competitive field of false-animal repair...

The electric mechanism, within its compellingly authentic-style gray pelt, gurgled and blew bubbles, its vidlenses glassy, its metal jaws locked together.

From Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Doubleday in 1968
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Compare to the robot cat from The Cat and the King (1946) by Raymond F. Jones and the robot dog from The Iron World (1937) by Otis Adelbert Kline.

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