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Having a laser pointer and a cat

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by elicross, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. elicross

    elicross Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 26, 2010
    SC kind of like having a radio-controlled car. You can sit in one spot and make him scoot all around the room.
  2. jhundt

    jhundt Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 23, 2003
    that sounds like fun... I'm getting me a laser pointer so I can play too!
  3. Westerly Sunn

    Westerly Sunn Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 28, 2006
    S.E. North Carolina
    I have a Torpedo level with a laser that we keep sitting out for that very purpose... :lol:
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  5. LGOberean

    LGOberean Poster Extraordinaire

    May 31, 2008
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    Yeah, we have two cats, both just a little less than 3 years old, so they're both still kinda feisty. My wife came home with one of those laser pointers a few weeks ago. I guess she figured they weren't feisty enough. :rolleyes:

    Celeste, the Siamese/Tabby mix, quickly caught on and just stared up at me; she'd located the source, and then couldn't be bothered.

    OTOH, the gray & white Little Orphan Annie (rescue cat, obviously) just goes nuts with it. As in I can run her in circles for so long I wonder why she don't puke. :twisted:

  6. Telenut62

    Telenut62 Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 29, 2008
    Eugowra, Australia
    There's a bit of a danger you'll leave poor puss "unfulfilled" so switch to something that can be caught and “killed,” such as a real toy. Your cat can then wind down with the satisfaction of having won the game, with “dead prey” to show for his/her hunting prowess.
  7. hilljr170

    hilljr170 Tele-Meister

    Jul 18, 2011
    Mission Viejo Ca
    Our cats literally climb the walls going after them. Good way to get a belly laugh.
  8. thumbpick

    thumbpick Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 22, 2012
    i hope its not on top of a pistol
  9. Shepherd

    Shepherd Friend of Leo's

    Jan 17, 2008
    Maple Ridge, Canada
    After reading some of the threads posted lately ....
  10. HoodieMcFoodie

    HoodieMcFoodie Doctor of Teleocity

    Oct 22, 2007
    Tamworth, 'straya.
    Just don't do it while the cat is flying the helicopter.
  11. Larry F

    Larry F Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Nov 5, 2006
    Iowa City, IA
    I have also heard that it is a good idea to end the session with a physical object that they can grab and kill. But the laser pointer is such fun with those guys.
  12. LarsOS

    LarsOS Tele-Holic

    Oct 24, 2011
    I do the laser pointer thing with my aquarium fish. They go nuts too, trying to kill and eat the dot.
  13. Fenderbender60

    Fenderbender60 Tele-Holic

    Jan 16, 2004
    Richmond, Indiana
    My oldest daughter does this with her cats. Very funny stuff. But what we find even funnier is our other dauhter has a pitbull that goes crazy over the laser pointer. He'll chase it as long as you will let him. This is the first dog I've seen that will do this. We tried it with our dogs and they looked at use like we were crazy. Lol
  14. Skub

    Skub Friend of Leo's

    Jul 28, 2010
  15. uriah1

    uriah1 Doctor of Teleocity

    Feb 12, 2011
    We just got one with our new maine coons.. Love it..worried that I might
    accidentally hit their eye while they are chasing it?????
    any concern?
  16. jimd

    jimd Friend of Leo's

    Nov 3, 2006
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Our cat is terrified of the laser pointer. It will run him right out of the room. He's a bit jumpy at certain things. We have a couple of balls that flash little led lights when they are bounced and he hates those too.

    SPUDCASTER Friend of Leo's

    Sep 7, 2010
    whitebird, idaho
    Had a Blue Heeler that would go nuts chasing the dot.

    The Border Collie could care less.
  18. zwayne

    zwayne Tele-Meister

    May 16, 2011

    Patent US5443036

    (I love the drawing; maybe he's exercising kitty because he got mauled too many times?)
  19. BiggerJohn

    BiggerJohn Friend of Leo's

    Jun 1, 2009
    My cats ignore the laser pointer. They would rather chase a ball of wadded up paper or an insect.
  20. elicross

    elicross Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 26, 2010
    Yeah, I always follow up by tossing some Temptations treats for him to "catch" and eat. Not enough treats, I hope, to cancel out the exercise he just got. :lol:
  21. elicross

    elicross Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 26, 2010
    I think any eye contact would be extremely brief and harmless. These "toy" laser pointers aren't powerful enough to do eye damage unless you stare right at them for several seconds or more. Still, I always hold the pointer up high and angle it down to the floor, just so there's no chance of direct eye contact. And I wouldn't use one of those green laser pointers that can burn paper, of course. :p

    Everything I've read about laser pointers says the only danger is that the cat could be frustrated by a thing he can chase but never catch. Some vets even think this frustration could eventually lead to compulsive behavior in cats. So it's good to have a treat or another toy handy -- something tangible the cat can catch after he's chased the laser for a while.
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