Talking Tom Cat

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Talking cat will thrill kids but may drive parents crazy.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 23 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 18 reviews

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Educational Value

Talking Tom Cat wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning. However, some teachers have noted it can be useful for special needs students who aren't speaking yet or who may have trouble forming words correctly.

Ease of Play

You'll figure out what to do the minute you say anything or touch the screen.

Violence & Scariness

Players can "slap" the onscreen cat, who will say "oof" when "punched" in the stomach or fall over and see stars when hit in the face. 

Sexy Stuff

The app is free, but is one of the most aggressive on the market when it comes to in-app purchases. Four "action" buttons are prominently displayed in the lower right corner of the screen, but it costs $2.99 to unlock them. Ads are also plastered across the top of the screen and the app never hesitates to prompt you to upgrade. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Talking Tom Cat is a virtual pet program. An alley cat will parrot your every word in a modulated tone. Kids will get a kick out of the altered voice, but parents might quickly reach for a bottle of aspirin. The free game is incredibly aggressive with its in-app purchase offers and runs ads at the top of the screen constantly. Those apps unlock additional actions, which include the cat passing gas. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4-year-old Written bytinav1 January 1, 2016

teaching animal abuse

The app is cute at first. But if the child touches the catc the wrong way? The cat makes it funny.
I do not think it is funny to hurt an animal
Parent Written byRose F August 21, 2017

unexpected cruelty

Talking Tom includes a dog that smiles and then hits the cat so hard that it jumps to the ceiling in fear. Hitting and animal cruelty is not something I want my... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byhell0 March 31, 2013

Cute App!

Hilarious! But here's the thing. Kids can say anything, like i"i love you" and other bad stuff. You can also take a video of the kitty and upload... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old March 28, 2013


Pretty Good! I got it.

What's it about?

Users speak to an animated cat and hear their words echoed back to them in a modified, deeper voice. While that's the main thrust of this app, you can also \"reward\" your cat with a glass of milk by pressing buttons in the lower left corner of the screen -- or have him \"scratch\" the glass of your phone or tablet, if you'd like. The cat responds to touch, as well. Gently rubbing him elicits a purr of contentment, but poking him too aggressively causes him to fall to the ground unconscious or say \"oof.\"

Is it any good?

Talking Tom Cat is the flagship in Outfit7's successful line of "Talking Friends" apps. The main purpose of the series is for an animated on-screen character to repeat what you say to it in an altered voice. It's a fun diversion, with a few features thrown in on the side -- like pouring your cat a glass of milk -- but it's a one-trick pony that eventually does get old (generally much faster for adults than for kids). Still, the cat remains a favorite of kids. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: June 13, 2012
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 48.90 MB
  • Publisher: Outfit7
  • Version: 2.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.1 or later; Android 1.5 and up
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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