New Feature: Test Your Mobile App With Cats

After months of hard work we’re thrilled to finally introduce cats to our tester panel. To access our cat panel, simply login to your account and choose “Cats” as your preferred species. Watch the video below for all of the details:

Frequently Asked Questions

My cat would like to join the panel. Are you accepting applicants?
Yes! While not every cat has what it takes, if your cat can clearly explain her thoughts while she uses mobile apps, isn’t camera shy, and loves making technology better, please let us know.

Does your enterprise service also cover cat testing?
Yes! For those who need to conduct large number of tests or moderated cat tests, we provide comprehensive enterprise plans. You can get feedback from hundreds of cats, analyzed and synthesized into easy to digest findings reports, without ever having to do so much as empty a litterbox.

Is moderated testing available?
Yes. As with human testing, remote moderated testing is available in enterprise plans. In the case of cat testing, in-person moderated testing requires an additional fee of $100 per test. This covers the cost of the safety equipment for our interns, as well as the extra insurance that our legal team requires us to purchase.

How long are the videos?
While a typical human tester video is about 15 minutes, we’ve found that the value of feline input drops significantly after 2-3 minutes.

Do cats get paid like human testers?
Yes. We insist that the cats get paid directly, rather than the owners receiving the pay. However, due to the extra expenses of room cleanup and replacing scratched tablet and smartphone screens, cats receive less pay than humans.

Human testers receive payment through PayPal, but since PayPal does not yet allow cats to have accounts, we offer alternative forms of payment, including cans of cat food, or stock in major North Atlantic fisheries.

Are other species being considered?
Yes. In addition to humans and felines, we are actively exploring additional species options.

Can I have the cats sign up for something that requires a credit card?
Yes, as long as you can provide a dummy credit card. If this is a requirement of your test, you must indicate so in the Additional Requirements section during the test ordering process. Only about 29% of our cat panel understand how to type digits.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/lindquist.kristin Kristin Lindquist

    Yes! We’ve been wanting to test our site with the Cat demographic for forever! Thank you, usertesting.com!

    • http://twitter.com/IAmPhilSharp Phil Sharp

      We’re happy to help!

  • http://www.reviversoft.com/ Mark Beare

    I just ran a test with a cat that said she was from New York. I’m so unhappy with the result. It just walked in circles pawing at the keyboard and then lied down and went to sleep. Can I get a refund?

    • http://twitter.com/IAmPhilSharp Phil Sharp

      I’m sorry to hear about that Mark. Do you happen to know if this was the cuplrit?

      • http://www.reviversoft.com/ Mark Beare

        That’s her! I would recommend that you remove her from the testing panel

        • http://twitter.com/IAmPhilSharp Phil Sharp

          Yeah, that particular tester is particularly sleepy. She promises to improve next time :)

  • PETA Girl

    I am offended that you would use these poor animals for testing purposes.

    • Hairy Ballafonte

      Those down-voters do not understand irony!!

  • visitor

    NNgroup posted April Fool’s article on mobile usability for cats.

    Was this coordinated in any way?

    • http://twitter.com/IAmPhilSharp Phil Sharp

      It’s April Fools’ Day today? What a coincidence :)

      (Nope, not coordinated.)

  • Cathy Uselton

    LOVE THIS! This email & video totally made my (04/01) day!

    • http://twitter.com/IAmPhilSharp Phil Sharp

      We’re glad that you liked it Cathy!

  • Cathy Uselton

    One more thing: Can I sign my cat up as a tester?

    • http://twitter.com/IAmPhilSharp Phil Sharp

      Yes! While not every cat has what it takes, if your cat can clearly explain her thoughts while she uses mobile apps, isn’t camera shy, and loves making technology better, please let us know!

  • http://www.facebook.com/locke.melody Melody Locke

    Purrrfect for 4/1!

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