Originally Posted by DreamingRecover
...From what I've seen it can cause frustration and confusion because it doesn't follow rules that most cats can comprehend...
Many cat "experts" share this opinion and totally do NOT support the use of a laser toy under any circumstances.
I think that is ridiculous. Our kitties are all feral rescues, and we work with ferals. They all used to be outside chasing butterflies, crickets, flies, moths, etc.
The laser pointer is simply a modern "bug." Not a single one of our cats has EVER caught a fly. It darts around, disappears where they can't see it for a while, flies out of their range - just like a laser pointer. And then it disappears. Just like a laser pointer.
I think they are GREAT for indoor exercise. It is the ONLY thing that gets our kitties RUNNING to chase something. For da Bird and other wand toys, they'll leap around a bit - but they will not BOLT from one end of the room or into another room for anything but that red dot.
If you are concerned about the frustration issue, before you play, stick a treat under a handkerchief. When you are done with the laser play session, make it disappear under the edge of the handkerchief. Then there's something not only to "catch," but to eat as a reward.