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Title: Cat owners - your opinion please!
Post by: SteveX on 26 Apr 2018 09:00PM
Hello my friends,
I'd just like the opinion of cat owners or former cat owners.  I try to play with Sky as much as I can but it's hard really so I bought a laser pointer a few months ago and I sometimes use that to play with her, she goes tearing around chasing it all over the house.

but..  (yes, you knew that was coming huh?)

I've been told (on another forum, a motorsport one at that. hehe) that laser pointers are cruel for cats and should not be used.

and no, not because of hitting her eyes (I'm always ultra careful to keep it around her paws or further away) but that they said its cruel to cats as it is just very frustrating for them as they chase it around for ages and never actually catch anything.

So now, I'm wondering if I should stop using it to play with her, what are your thoughts?
Title: Re: Cat owners - your opinion please!
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 26 Apr 2018 09:27PM
Never used a laser pointer with my own succession of feline friends, but surely the cat does 'catch' something now and again, ie the dot of light that's being chased?

Anyway, a cat would soon let you know if it wasn't happy with a particular form of play - they just wouldn't participate in it!
Title: Re: Cat owners - your opinion please!
Post by: huhn on 27 Apr 2018 04:00AM
yes Kizzy, i think also the them.
Title: Re: Cat owners - your opinion please!
Post by: Sunny Clouds on 27 Apr 2018 03:05PM
One option is to give the cat a treat after chasing the laser.  It could be a little crunchy snack or it could be a cuddle.  'Catch' the laser, 'catch' the treat.  If you don't want to give the cat an extra treat, you could play catch the laser just before ordinary meal time, perhaps alternating with other games.

But I agree with Kizzy that if the cat wasn't happy, it wouldn't play, so if the cat seems happy, then keep playing.
Title: Re: Cat owners - your opinion please!
Post by: Fiz on 27 Apr 2018 06:19PM
I think a little treat after the lazer game sounds like a plan. But there's no way a lazer game with a cat is cruel Steve, you've got to love some people with their opinions that they just have to voice.
Title: Re: Cat owners - your opinion please!
Post by: Monic1511 on 27 Apr 2018 07:38PM
Steve
if a cat doesn't want to play it will just look at you and give you a look that says You humans are stupid if you think I'm chasing that, and then go back to sleep.  Yes give them a treat but my lot would want the treat anyway.
Title: Re: Cat owners - your opinion please!
Post by: SteveX on 27 Apr 2018 08:19PM
Thanks all and yes I think the treat idea is a good one!
Title: Re: Cat owners - your opinion please!
Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 28 Oct 2018 05:59PM
Our two male cats dash around chasing the laser dot skidding on the laminate flooring and avoiding crashing into things including each other. I am careful about their eyes and how long we play for. I guess it is like giving kids sweets too much is not good for them but some now and then is a treat.

If you can attach a key chain to the light and that way when you can drop it onto to one side when you stop playing Sky will associate the noise with the game. I found this out by chance because Oscar taps the chain with his paw when he wants me to pick it up and play with him

Another game we just discovered yesterday is putting pebbles on my desk and him swatting them left and right. It does mean there is some tidying up to do afterwards and that means not everyone use the idea.
Title: Re: Cat owners - your opinion please!
Post by: AndMac on 02 Nov 2018 05:33PM
I got offered cat toys on a fairly regular basis to review by Amazon at one time, and offered them to a friend of mine who owned four cats.

 He declined, on the basis that his cats were far too lazy to play with toys, they did chase each other occasionally, but that was the extent of their play, other than the one cat who hunted, despite her belled collar.

So, from this, I gathered that you can buy a cat all the toys that you like, but you canít make it play. Whoever  thinks using a laser is cruel has a weird idea of cruel.
Title: Re: Cat owners - your opinion please!
Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 02 Nov 2018 08:46PM
I acquired Oscar when I was away from the board earlier in the year and I am not sure if I talked about it here or posted a photo yet. Anyway here is a photo  >biggrin<

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Title: Re: Cat owners - your opinion please!
Post by: auntieCtheM on 03 Nov 2018 09:34PM
Aw, Oscar is luverly.
Title: Re: Cat owners - your opinion please!
Post by: ATurtle on 04 Nov 2018 01:21PM
Sorry if this is too late, but major (to me) problems with my health have kept me away.

Cat toys are, to my mind, are a waste of money.  A bell in a plastic cage ball has stayed by the food bowls for months.  The home made fishing pole (a five foot length of 6mm dowel with a pull cord from an old window ventilator) is by my chair and is often played with by Mally (5 years old), Missy being 15+ just looks at it!
Title: Re: Cat owners - your opinion please!
Post by: Fiz on 04 Nov 2018 03:52PM
I missed the crucial word toys in the above post there Tony and was shocked and expected a barage of people regailing how much their cats are worth to them but it's okay, I read it twice. My glasses are on order and should be ready this week!

My cats only liked small toys containing catnip aka weed for felines.
Title: Re: Cat owners - your opinion please!
Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 05 Nov 2018 04:08PM
Thank you Auntie  >biggrin<

Oscar is growing up to be be strong and athletic, my only worry is he has not reached an age where I can think he is old enough to have road and people sense. I will be so glad when he has had his first then second birthdays.
Title: Re: Cat owners - your opinion please!
Post by: lankou on 05 Nov 2018 04:23PM
Where has insert picture gone?

https://funcatpictures.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/fun-cat-picture-have-you-asked-the-dog.jpg (https://funcatpictures.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/fun-cat-picture-have-you-asked-the-dog.jpg)
Title: Re: Cat owners - your opinion please!
Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 05 Nov 2018 04:24PM
 >lol< >lol<
Title: Re: Cat owners - your opinion please!
Post by: auntieCtheM on 05 Nov 2018 05:48PM
I have just lost a pair of furry ear-muffs to the dog.  Grrr.
Title: Re: Cat owners - your opinion please!
Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 26 Nov 2018 11:47AM
Here is a missing post and there may be another lost in space that I cant find.

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