Want to turn your Firestick or Android TV into an unlimited on-demand streaming device? Then you need CatMouse – the top movie and TV show app gaining popularity among cord-cutters.
This in-depth guide will teach you how to install and use CatMouse for free access to all your favorite entertainment!
A Quick Introduction to CatMouse
Before we get into the installation process, let me give you a quick overview of what CatMouse is and why it has become so popular lately.
What is CatMouse?
CatMouse is a free streaming app that provides free access to thousands of movies, shows, documentaries and more. Just search for any title, pick a stream, and start watching instantly!
Some stand-out features that make CatMouse a favorite streaming app:
- Slick and intuitive interface for easy navigation
- Constantly updated library with both new and classic titles
- 4K and 1080p streaming support for high-quality video
- Multi-language subtitles for foreign language content
- Real-Debrid integration for premium high-speed streams
- Trakt sync to track what you‘re watching across devices
- No disruptive ads or clickbait popups
A Little Background
CatMouse was created as a fork of the popular Terrarium TV app by developer CatFiles. After Terrarium TV was shut down, CatMouse was developed from its open source codebase and has since surpassed the original with new features and improvements.
The app sees frequent updates to squash bugs, improve performance and add more content. CatMouse is not available on any official app stores, but you can easily download and install it using the Downloader app on your Firestick, Fire TV or Android TV box.
Why People Love CatMouse
With free movies and shows from Netflix, Prime, Hulu and cable channels, CatMouse provides endless entertainment for free. No wonder it has millions of happy users across the globe!
According to a recent poll on the official CatMouse website, over 80% of users switched from apps like Kodi, Cinema HD, BeeTV and other popular streaming apps. The reasons they cite include:
- Huge library of 4K, 1080p and SD quality streams
- Faster streaming speeds and fewer buffering issues
- Slick and intuitive interface for quick navigation
- Regular updates with more content and bug fixes
- Advanced support for Real-Debrid and Trakt integration
Additionally, popular Firestick blogs like Troypoint, FirestickTricks, FireStickFans and TechDoctorUK all recommend CatMouse as the top movie/TV app in 2022 owing to its rich streaming sources, fast performance and ease of use.
Clearly, CatMouse brings together an unmatched combination of high-quality streams, fast streaming, and powerful integration features that makes it a favorite for casual and experienced streamers alike.
Now let‘s get into how you can get CatMouse up and running on your streaming device!
How to Install CatMouse on Firestick & Android TV
The process to download and install CatMouse is quick and straightforward. It should only take 5 minutes to complete.
Here‘s a step-by-step walkthrough:
Step 1) Turn on Apps from Unknown Sources
Since CatMouse isn‘t available on the Amazon App Store or Google Play Store, you need to enable installation of third party apps in your device‘s security settings.
On your Firestick or Android TV device, go to:
Settings -> Device Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> Allow Apps from Unknown Sources
Turn this ON. You may get a warning that this makes your device more vulnerable to unknown apps – don‘t worry, CatMouse is 100% safe when downloaded from the official site.
Step 2) Install the Downloader App
The Downloader app allows you to directly install apk files on your streaming device. Search for "Downloader" in the app store and install it.
Step 3) Download the CatMouse APK
In the Downloader app, go to the Browser tab. Enter the URL
catmouse.rocks/app-release.apk in the text box and press Go.
This will download the latest version of CatMouse in APK format on your device. The file size is about 20MB.
Once the download is complete, you will get a popup for starting the installation. Press Install to proceed.
Step 4) Install from the APK
After you select Install, you may get a warning that the app is from an Unknown Source – don‘t worry, just click Install Anyway or Install Now to continue.
The CatMouse app will now be installed on your Firestick/Android TV device directly from the downloaded APK file.
Step 5) Delete the APK File
Once the installation finishes, you will see the message "App Installed". Press Done to close the installation window.
Next, go back to the main Downloader screen. Here, press the Delete button to remove the downloaded CatMouse APK file from storage.
This cleanup frees up space on your device since the APK is no longer needed after installing CatMouse.
Step 6) Launch the CatMouse App
Go back to the home screen of your Firestick or Android TV. Head over to Apps and you should now see the CatMouse app icon. Select it to launch the app.
The first time you open it, CatMouse will ask to enable notifications and overlay permissions – agree to both. And that‘s it! CatMouse is now ready for streaming movies and shows.
Wasn‘t that easy? With just 6 quick steps you can have the amazing CatMouse installed on any Fire TV device, Android TV box, Nvidia Shield or other streaming gadgets.
Now let‘s look at how to get the most out of CatMouse by setting up Real-Debrid and Trakt integration. This optional step massively boosts the streaming experience.
Level Up with Real-Debrid and Trakt
The CatMouse developer focused on making integration with premium services like Real-Debrid and TraktTV as seamless as possible.
Setting these up unlocks more high-quality streams and watch progress syncing across devices. Here‘s how to connect them:
Real-Debrid merges torrents and hoster links to give you a massive library of premium ultra-fast streams.
Benefits of Real-Debrid with CatMouse:
- Access thousands more high quality links in HD and 4K
- Virtually eliminates buffering by boosting streaming speeds
- Watch new movies and episodes instantly upon release
- Unrestricted downloads for offline viewing on any device
To set up Real-Debrid:
Sign up for a paid Real-Debrid account at real-debrid.com. They offer affordable plans starting at just $3 per month.
In the CatMouse app, go to Settings and find the Real-Debrid option. Tap Authorize Account.
An authorization code will appear. Make note of this code.
On a PC or mobile device, go to real-debrid.com/device and enter the code. Approve access.
That‘s it! Real-Debrid is now linked to CatMouse and you will see way more high quality streams.
I highly recommend using Real-Debrid if you want the best video quality and fastest streaming speeds in CatMouse.
Connect Your Trakt Account
Trakt helps track everything you watch across different devices, share lists with friends and get notified of new releases.
How Trakt improves CatMouse:
- Syncs your watch history so you always resume where you left off
- Lets you build a unified watchlist for all your media
- Get alerted about new episodes of your favorite TV shows
- Build custom playlists that stay in sync across devices
- Follow friends and see what media they recommend
To link Trakt:
Create a Trakt account at trakt.tv or use their mobile app. It‘s 100% free.
In CatMouse, go to Settings and find the Trakt option. Choose Authorize Account.
Enter the authorization code shown on the screen into trakt.tv/activate to approve.
Customize options like auto-sync, watched notifications etc. in the CatMouse Trakt settings.
And that‘s all there is to it! Trakt integration makes it really easy to manage and track your media across different apps and devices.
Start Streaming Movies & Shows with CatMouse
Once you have CatMouse installed and connected to Real-Debrid and Trakt, you have unlimited movies, shows and more at your fingertips.
Here are some quick tips to start streaming:
Browse sections like Movies, TV Shows, Most Popular etc. to find media
Use the search bar to directly look for a specific title
Tap on a movie or show poster, then pick a CDN that has fast streaming
Select the "Play with Subtitles" option to enable CC in your language
Long press a title poster and choose Add to Favorites to save it
See your favorited media and playlists under the Watchlist section
Adjust video quality in Settings to limit bandwidth usage
Enable stats and history in Trakt to track watch habits over time
In case you run into any issues like buffering, links not loading etc., the next section covers some common troubleshooting tips.
Troubleshooting Tips for CatMouse
CatMouse is generally very stable and glitch-free thanks to constant updates, but sometimes you may face minor hiccups. Here are some quick solutions:
- Try lowering video quality in Settings to reduce bandwidth usage
- Restart your router and firestick to refresh internet connections
- Enable a CDN like GEForce NOW for optimized streaming
- Use ethernet instead of WiFi if possible for faster speeds
- Check that your Real-Debrid account is still active and authorized
No Links Showing Up:
- Double check that Real-Debrid is linked if you want premium streams
- Try reauthorizing your Real-Debrid and Trakt accounts
- Clear cookies/cache and restart CatMouse app
- Check for a new app update and install if available
Error "Video Not Available":
- This can happen when streaming copyrighted content – stick to free public domain media
- Ensure Apps from Unknown Sources is enabled in Firestick/Android TV security settings
- Reinstall latest version of CatMouse and try again
Trakt Not Syncing:
- Make sure to authorize Trakt account within CatMouse app
- Double check Trakt scrobbling is enabled in CatMouse settings
- Re-authenticate Trakt and check status at trakt.tv website
App Crashing/Force Closing:
- First step is to restart both the app and your streaming device
- Update CatMouse to latest version if update is available
- Uninstall app, clear cache and data before reinstalling afresh
For any other problems not listed here, your best bet is to visit the official CatMouse website‘s FAQ page or support forum. The developer is quite responsive to user complaints and pushes fixes in app updates.
Well that sums up this detailed guide on installing the amazing CatMouse streaming app on Firestick, Fire TV, Android TV and other devices!
I hope all the steps were clearly explained and you now have CatMouse working smoothly for you. With the huge movie library, superior streaming speeds, and integration with Real-Debrid and Trakt, you will be entertained for hours on end.
Let me know if you have any other questions in the comments! I‘m always happy to help out a fellow cord-cutter. Enjoy everything CatMouse has to offer. Happy streaming!