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:
Cat licking was once featured on an episode of TLC's "My Strange Addiction," except with actual licking. With this brush, human cat-lickers would presumably reduce the risk of getting hairballs.
PDX previously used Kickstarter in 2013 to launch an automatic, electronic cat toy called the Shru. Although the toy was fully backed, there were some complaints about its reliability.