My mom has latched onto a 3 foot high santa decoration on a stand. I need to find something smaller. The stuffed animals don't work for her. The robotic ones I have seen are so expensive.
I bought a mechanical dog for my husband - There were times that he would interact with it like it was real. It had some sort of a sensor so it would respond if he moved. I had it sitting on a stool next to his chair. I have seen the cat too. The lady that had that one slept with it, it sat on a table in front of her during the day. - she was very attached. I think I paid around 100 dollars.
I just bought a cute cuddly dog with some mechanical capabilities for around $40. It pants, whines, barks, etc. she seemed to like it. https://www.hammacher.com/product/animated-plus...
Nope but it sounds interesting. Many blessings and good luck finding something besides Santa.