- Why Laser Toys Aren't Good for Cats
Why Laser Toys Aren't Good for Cats
The most entertaining cat toys for humans are laser toys. Cats go absolutely crazy over the red dot, and we go crazy over the videos and memes full of laser pointers and frantic paws.
Laser Toys Don't Create a Satisfying Hunt
As mentioned in our guide to interactive toys, cats play by hunting. A critical part of the hunt is the satisfaction of capturing their "prey." A laser pointer ignites the cat's desire to capture, and watching them run all over the room and up the walls might appear to be incredibly enjoyable for them. The reality, however, is that the infamous red dot is not tangible prey. The cat will end the play session without a capture and remain frustrated after playing.
The Tale of Finn the Cat and His Red Dot Neurosis
Family Cat Shop's fur boy Finn was just a few months old when he first played with the red dot. He was normally a very docile and shy kitten but once the red dot came out, he went NUTS. At the time, we thought this was a good thing. We were excited to see our normally subdued cat so active and interested in play!
A day after we had played with the laser toy, we noticed Finn looking around the house in a very worried way. He was looking all over the room, behind furniture, up the walls and ceiling, and was absolutely restless. This was unlike our docile kitten, so we tried calming him with petting and attention. This did nothing to soothe him, and it wasn't until we finally did our own research to discover that the recent red dot battle had rendered him absolutely on edge to satisfy his hunt.
He was on a mission to find and capture the red dot.
Needless to say, we felt terrible for causing so much upset for our cat. We quickly switched to tangible hunt and capture toys and discovered a drastic change in his demeanor back to his normal self.
Alternatives to Laser Toys
Always remember that your cat is a hunter, and he wants to capture his prey. Enable your cat to succeed at this goal every day, and you will have one happy kitty!