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post #1 of 22
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I know many of you already play with your kitties with laser pointers, but I just tried one with mine for the first time last week. Pete went crazy (like he does with every new toy) but what really surprised was how much Katie LOVES it. She chases and pounces on the light like a kitten. It's been a while since I've seen her play like this. Gracie doesn't pay any attention to it at all, so guess it depends on the cat. But for those of who have haven't tried a laser pointer with yours, I'd highly recommend it.
post #2 of 22
I think I'll take your advice and pick one up this week. I love watching Sophie get all silly when she's playing!
post #3 of 22
I'll second that! My two LOVE the laser, and would run around chasing it til they collapsed if I let them! Great exercise, and I can play with them whilst sitting on the sofa drinking chardonnay!
post #4 of 22
I think most kitties love to chase the lazer lights. Be very careful though that you do not shine it in their eyes!
post #5 of 22
Jeremiah loved his from the get-go! The first time he played with it, he chased it around until his tongue was literally hanging out!
post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by Yosemite
I think most kitties love to chase the lazer lights. Be very careful though that you do not shine it in their eyes!

Very good tip!!

My kitty loves his lazer too!, all I have to do is pick it up and he starts to natter!
post #7 of 22
Yah we use the laser pointer with Zorro. We call it the "Red bug" and he goes insane over this thing!

The other cats have mild interest... but Zorro hunts it down & kills it.
post #8 of 22
Hubby tried to take a video on his phone of Max enjoying the laser light - I would move it back and forth qucikly (about 8 inches) and his head kept trying to follow it. Poor thing, looked like he was going crazy - but he enjoyed every minute of it!
post #9 of 22
My kittens go nuts for the laser! Its so much fun! Just get a cheap one at the dollar store to see if they like it!
post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by eilcon
I know many of you already play with your kitties with laser pointers, but I just tried one with mine for the first time last week. Pete went crazy (like he does with every new toy) but what really surprised was how much Katie LOVES it. She chases and pounces on the light like a kitten. It's been a while since I've seen her play like this. Gracie doesn't pay any attention to it at all, so guess it depends on the cat. But for those of who have haven't tried a laser pointer with yours, I'd highly recommend it.
I can't even pick my lazer pionter up with out Mandarin going crazy... I can be cleaning and she will hear me move it and will come running from the other end of the house from a dead sleep!!!!
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by emb_78
I can't even pick my lazer pionter up with out Mandarin going crazy... I can be cleaning and she will hear me move it and will come running from the other end of the house from a dead sleep!!!!

I have the same problem here
All of mine love it, but Vash will actually run/jump 8 feet up the door after it.
post #12 of 22
Luna and Beauty both love the laser light! And Patches like the fact that they're distracted with it...the distraction gives her the chance to pounce on them when neither are looking
post #13 of 22
We've been thinking about getting this for ours for a while now. Our Hobbes (who isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer) will sit for, literally, hours and stare at the wall because the light changed from a car driving by. It's adorable. A laser pointer just seems like the PERFECT toy for the goofball!!
post #14 of 22
Ditto what Yosemite said....be careful you don't shine those things directly in their eyes...it can cause retinal damage.
post #15 of 22
The first several times that I played with Sidney using a laserlight, she just went crazy - pouncing, wiggling her butt, chattering. chirpping. It was hilarious. But, being the paranoid mommy that I am, I started worrying that this playing (i.e. chasing after a "prey" and never being able to catch it) might do something horrible to her psyche. I thought: It can't possibly be good for a predatory animal like a cat to continually go after something but never being able to "catch" it. So I prohibited my brothers from overdoing it with the laser. Am I crazy/overprotective or what?
post #16 of 22
omg I LOVE the laser pointer!!! Jack Daniels goes INSANE with it!! I make him run in circles!!!!
post #17 of 22
My kitties go nuts over the laser pointer too!! It's funny to watch, they'll actually run into each other trying to get at it!!
post #18 of 22
Actually that is a big concern with laser pointers. I guess it really depends on the cats personality.

My cats LOVE it. We don't play that often here with it for the reasons you pointed out. Every now and then, it's a nice treat for them though. I just don't want them too hung up on it.

My ex usually uses his cell phone to shine a light on the wall to play with Riley when he picks the kids up. Riley sits and look at him and the wall every time he walks in the front door. It's kinda cute

Bobbie


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Originally Posted by jadedlaw
But, being the paranoid mommy that I am, I started worrying that this playing (i.e. chasing after a "prey" and never being able to catch it) might do something horrible to her psyche. I thought: It can't possibly be good for a predatory animal like a cat to continually go after something but never being able to "catch" it. So I prohibited my brothers from overdoing it with the laser. Am I crazy/overprotective or what?
post #19 of 22
Bobbie, thank you for validating my concerns! I am happy to know that, at least on this issue, I am not being irrational! lol I am sure on other things...
post #20 of 22
My Felicia loves the lazer light, while Beau pays no attention to it.
post #21 of 22
My cats love the laser pointer too. I read stuff about rewarding them for "catching" their "prey", so after any kind of chase game, I give them treats. I think I am being silly, but it just made sense to me, if they are hunting, they should be rewarded with tasty treats.

I thought I was tricking them, thinking that the red dot was some strange insect. Sam chased it for about 5 minutes, the first time I tried it out. And when I turned it off, he came over to me, sniffed at the pointer in my hand, and batted at it to make me turn it on again. They stare at the pointer, then look to see where it's shining to find the red dot. So, they are smarter than I gave them credit for.
post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by Sammie5
...rewarding them for "catching" their "prey", so after any kind of chase game, I give them treats...
Yes, that's a good idea. That's the way to do it.
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