Do you want to see your furry friend lose his tiny little mind? Do you want to watch your usually sedate, overweight (ahem, “fluffy”) feline tear about the room? Does the thought of your serious sidekick climbing the walls and ricocheting off furniture sound like a hoot? If so, you need a laser pointer.
I had heard other people talk about their kitties going crazy chasing the little red dot of a laser pointer and I didn’t entirely believe them. Why would a cat chase something it can never catch? Of course, that raises the question of why cats stare at things that are not there (like down the dark hall, at 1 a.m., when I’m home all alone). I decided to try a laser pointer on my cats.
It was hilarious. My two younger cats went immediately insane. They chased the elusive red dot up the stairs and down again. They chased it up the wall until I decided that the sound of cat claws on plaster is about as unsettling as fingernails on a chalkboard. They spun in circles until they collapsed- panting and exhausted. My eldest cat remained perched atop her cat tower throughout this riot. She watched the antics for a bit with minimal interest, eventually going back to sleep.
It appears that a laser pointer (or the little red dot it emits) is indeed a fabulous toy for most cats. Chasing that dot still excites mine even though we’ve been playing, almost daily, for weeks now. If you’d like to try out a laser pointer on your furry friend, a quick trip down the cat toy aisle at your local Petsmart or Petco will yield a variety of inexpensive options.
So what do you think, do you have any idea why a cat finds enjoyment in chasing something that’s not actually there? Try it, and share your insights as to what you think makes this so compelling to your cat.