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Realistic cat plush? Anonymous 09/08/14(Mon)07:42 UTC+1 No.4405662 Report

I know that this isn't really what /toy/ talks about, but hey, there might be some of you on here who knows where I could go, or direct me to another board where this shit is kosher.

TL;DR version of my story: college kid 2000 miles away from home, no friends with cats nearby, clinically depressed, and cannot have a cat in the dorms. Would like to have a realistic-looking, cuddly cat plush to act as a therapy item in place of not having my cats.

My budget is about ~$50 USD.

Pic related, it's a cat plush I'm considering from Hansa.
Anonymous 09/08/14(Mon)07:46 UTC+1 No.4405667 Report

get one them what you callits, them seals japanese geriatrics use
Anonymous 09/08/14(Mon)07:52 UTC+1 No.4405681 Report

If you can spare a couple hours a week, you could probably volunteer at a local shelter helping and spending time with real animals rather than spending money on one of these. It'd probably be more therapeutic, too.
Anonymous 09/08/14(Mon)07:54 UTC+1 No.4405683 Report

I'm afraid I would get too attached to them, and make my symptoms worse. And I go to college in the middle of a city where, for some reason, all of the cat shelters I know of are like way far away and require lengthy public transportation rides to get to.
Anonymous 09/08/14(Mon)08:00 UTC+1 No.4405689 Report

Hansa generally makes the most realistic plush. But they're more "display" items that you want to keep nice. It's up to you if you want to cuddle those.

Auroa has a line called "Miyoni" that looks a little more deluxe compared to their usual plush. Not super realistic, but good for the price ($10-15). They aren't realistic but more guilt-free if you mess up their fur.

Ganz also has some cats in their Webkinz Signature line. These are typically more expensive retail because they have a code for an online game, but you can find them cheaper online because resellers will sell the plush and codes separately. Regular Webkinz mostly look like cheap shit.

But they might not be the same as a real cat to you. I guess it depends on how good you are at projecting onto inaninate objects.
Anonymous 09/08/14(Mon)08:03 UTC+1 No.4405697 Report

The Miyoni line actually looks pretty cute, so maybe I'll look into those. How cuddly is the Hansa stuff?
Anonymous 09/08/14(Mon)08:04 UTC+1 No.4405698 Report

wait, what? elderly japanese people use some kind of pet seal for therapy?
Anonymous 09/08/14(Mon)08:12 UTC+1 No.4405706 Report

a little robo seal
its hefty and soft and responds to touch and makes adorbable sounds
Anonymous 09/08/14(Mon)08:13 UTC+1 No.4405708 Report

Anonymous 09/08/14(Mon)23:05 UTC+1 No.4406924 Report

If you're willing to learn to sew, this pattern made in a longer good quality fur would make a very nice realistic and cuddly cat.
Given how little you'd need, you could probably make this out of a very nice quality fur and spend roughly $25 in materials. Plus you could get very attached to it since you made it yourself. There's also a fluffy ragdoll kitten on there too.

I also see some cheaper stuffed toys just searching "realistic plush cat" on Google. Gund makes a few nice ones (they even make an adorable and fairly real looking Grumpycat). I'm going to assume you don't want one of those rabbit fur ones that do the fake breathing thing though. Those creep me out something awful.
Anonymous 09/08/14(Mon)23:14 UTC+1 No.4406939 Report

If you want a floppy cat, this pattern can be used too. Its technically for Eevee-loution plushes but by adding on pointed small ears and a long tail it definitely works for floppy cuddly cats.
>no idea why its called rabbit.png
Anonymous 09/08/14(Mon)23:41 UTC+1 No.4406979 Report

Paro is a robotic seal used for therapy.

It's also really expensive, and slightly terrifying.

Anon, if you're actually depressed, you may be able to get special dispensation for a therapy animal.
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