Apparently, cats love Elon Musk’s Starlink Satellites just as much as we do. But for very different reasons.
In order to transmit signals, Starlink must install satellite dishes around the globe. Sometimes, the dishes are mounted to buildings or rooftops. But when the gadgets are sent to customers for personal internet service, most users choose to leave them at ground level.
And as of late, those low-lying dishes are creating a unique problem for the company. Because they sometimes radiate heat, the satellites have begun to attract stray cats.
With much of the United States experiencing heavy snowfall and sub-freezing temps, chilly felines have been searching for refuge. And they’re finding that besides Elon Musk’s Starlink dishes.
The high-tech transmitters have a “Snow Melt Mode” that has been running in most locations. And according to a report in the Tesmanian, the mode attracts cats in hoards.
“I was checking my dish with a thermal sight and it actually looks like the whole dish, even the backside is warm. So you might [find] animals under or around it in general if it’s ground-mounted,” an official Starlink Beta tester reported.
When the Snow Mode is activated, the dishes automatically rotate so they face the sun, which creates the perfect perch for birds, rodents, and other various creatures.
But when the dish is actually transmitting, it tilts in a way that makes it impossible for the animals to stay. So there is no risk for them to interrupt service while the Starlinks are in use.
However, the weight of the animals could break the satellites. So the company is urging customers to install their devices in a place where most land-dwelling animals can’t reach them.
Twitter Users Think Elon Musks’s Cat Problem is ‘Adorable’
Once Starlink subscribers caught sight of their satellite’s multi-functional capabilities, they began to post pictures on social media.
😆🐾 Meanwhile… Elon Musk’s “Starlink satellite internet customers have reported a very adorable issue with their dishes: cats love them” https://t.co/0xf5nsN5nc— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) January 4, 2022
“Meanwhile… Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet customers have reported a very adorable issue with their dishes: cats love them,” Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce wrote on Twitter.
“Starlink works great until the cats find out that the dish gives off a little heat on cold days,” Starlink user Aaron Taylor also wrote on the platform.
Another post showcases just how many cats fit into the shallow bowl-shaped gadget. In the particular picture, five cozy critters huddled for the camera.
Starlink works great until the cats find out that the dish gives off a little heat on cold days. pic.twitter.com/uyH3Kbqrie— Aaron Taylor (@Tippen22) December 31, 2021
“Starlink works great until the cats find out that the dish gives off a little heat on cold days,” @tippen22 commented.