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(Mother Nature Network)   No matter how fun it is, you're only farking with your pet's head if you make them chase an uncatchable dot using a laser pen   (mnn.com) divider line 145
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2012-07-27 08:36:46 AM  
On the up side, your dog will likely take the bullet for you, if you are ever targeted by a sniper!
 
2012-07-27 08:57:15 AM  
It seems to be the small yappy dogs that enjoy this - coincidence?
 
2012-07-27 09:11:40 AM  
If my cat even sees me pick up the laser pointer or hears the little click it makes when you activate it, she will immediately start begging me to play with her.
 
2012-07-27 09:36:23 AM  

Sybarite: If my cat even sees me pick up the laser pointer or hears the little click it makes when you activate it, she will immediately start begging me to play with her.


Same here with my roommate's cat. If I reach for it, she's already looking for the dot.
 
2012-07-27 10:19:01 AM  
Why else would you have a pet?
 
2012-07-27 10:21:22 AM  
We were kind of poor growing up, so some nights my parents would have us play the game "Catch Tinkerbelle"; which included a flashlight in our sparse living room with the lights turned off.
 
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2012-07-27 10:21:49 AM  
There are several videos floating around of big cats chasing laser pointers too. It's not just a small pet sort of thing apparently.

We have a couple of semi-feral cats that live on the property. One of 'em likes chasing the laser pointer when he doesn't know where the device is. If he can see us with it then he realizes something's up and he backs away.
 
2012-07-27 10:22:24 AM  
The greatest use of a laser pointer with a dog
 
2012-07-27 10:22:26 AM  
The dogs, cats, and PETA will get over it
 
2012-07-27 10:22:42 AM  
I've solved this problem with my cat: when she tries to eat the dot, I turn off the laser.
 
2012-07-27 10:23:16 AM  
My cats love these things. I don't think it drives them crazy. But then cats are far more imaginative than dogs when to comes to play. They can make a toy out of anything.
 
2012-07-27 10:23:26 AM  

neritz: Sybarite: If my cat even sees me pick up the laser pointer or hears the little click it makes when you activate it, she will immediately start begging me to play with her.

Same here with my roommate's cat. If I reach for it, she's already looking for the dot.


Have two labs, a cat, and a min pin. The min pin could give a crap, and she's got a ridiculous over the top prey drive. The cat ABSOLUTELY knows the light is a projection from you, and will go back to you and smack the laser in your hand if she doesn't like how you play with it. The labs go nuts.

Because it's a game. What this guy has "discovered" is just that playing with a laser pointer isn't very much exercise, but dogs love it, so it's their favorite game. It also lets the owner be super lazy, so for a lot of owners, it becomes YOUR favorite game, and your dogs are JUST SO CUTE. Then your dogs get all hyper from being constantly stimulated, with very little actually exercise. Big shocker, that leads to behavior problems.

A weary puppy is a well adjusted puppy.
 
2012-07-27 10:23:59 AM  
One of my cats is so over laser pointers. He either ignores it now or he just watches my hand, but not the dot.
 
2012-07-27 10:24:22 AM  
Oh great. After years of messing my cat up with the laser pointer, she's going to snap and shoot up a movie theater.

Hey "pet shrinks" who pretend they can read animal's minds: Fark off.
My cat seems to be entertained when high on catnip, and chasing a laser pointer, and it entertains the hell out of me, so bite me.
 
2012-07-27 10:24:53 AM  
I've had about a dozen dogs through my life... none of them ever had any interest in this nonsense. It was the stupid cats that would always fall for it.
 
2012-07-27 10:25:15 AM  
I use a 50mw green laser... Hell, I want to chase it too. ;-)

/remember to never ever make eye contact with the thing.
 
2012-07-27 10:26:09 AM  

Ennuipoet: On the up side, your dog will likely take the bullet for you, if you are ever targeted by a sniper!


LOL. I am surprised that I haven't been made fun of in a movie.
 
2012-07-27 10:27:20 AM  
meh. I was kinda skeptical of motherjones on this until I saw who the quoted, a guy who rightfully understands that cesar milan is full of shiat. So I guess no more laser pointer play with animals then. Maybe blinky toys instead?
 
2012-07-27 10:27:47 AM  

readbot42: Ennuipoet: On the up side, your dog will likely take the bullet for you, if you are ever targeted by a sniper!

LOL. I am surprised that I haven't been made fun of in a movie.


it hasn't been made fun of in a movie. Ftfm.
 
2012-07-27 10:28:13 AM  
I remember a story about a man whose dog was diagnosed with a terminal illness. He decided to give the dog his best day ever. One of the things he did was make up a fuzzy little red toy that he landed the dot on after a while. Gave the dog a chance to finally catch the laser.
 
2012-07-27 10:28:39 AM  
Not really sure because I don't have a laser pointer but I'm going to hypothesize that my dog probably would not give a tinker's damn.
 
2012-07-27 10:29:13 AM  
My dog does this with kites. Which generally unnerves the kids flying them.

BRB, gotta go tip over a box of mice in my living room.
 
2012-07-27 10:29:13 AM  
my cat just hears the click and stares at my hand instead of the dot. I'm not sure if that makes her brilliant or stupid.

However, if I bring this bad boy out:
www.thinkgeek.com
She's gone before it makes it 2 feet into the room. She can't figure out how it works, but it freaks the hell out of her.
 
2012-07-27 10:29:27 AM  
That's all well and good, but what I need to know is whether it's ok to attach the frikken laser to a shark.
 
2012-07-27 10:29:38 AM  
Now that the media has thoroughly crushed every shred of fun in the human realm as being bad for you, now it's onto domestic animals.

Red laser: Fun, or PROGRESSIVE LUNACY???
Tender Vittles cat food: Healthy for cat, or SLOW PAINFUL DEATH??
Dog sleeping on bed: Good for bones, or INCREASING NEUROMUSCULAR DEGENERATION?
 
2012-07-27 10:29:46 AM  
It's not a problem with cats because they are already clinically insane by default.
 
2012-07-27 10:30:19 AM  

Sybarite: If my cat even sees me pick up the laser pointer or hears the little click it makes when you activate it, she will immediately start begging me to play with her.


This. My cat will chase the red dot until he's literally panting like a dog, and he begs me for it as soon as he hears the jingle of the chain that's attached to the laser pointer. It's his #3 favorite thing in the world, after bacon and ice cream.
 
2012-07-27 10:31:05 AM  

farkingatwork: a guy who rightfully understands that cesar milan is full of shiat.


People who think Cesar Milan is full of shiat generally have trouble controlling themselves.
 
2012-07-27 10:31:55 AM  

Lenny_da_Hog: Why else would you have a pet?


My thoughts exactly. My favorite morning show duo says the same thing about kids- you only have them for your own entertainment.
 
2012-07-27 10:32:18 AM  

Mr Guy: The cat ABSOLUTELY knows the light is a projection from you, and will go back to you and smack the laser in your hand if she doesn't like how you play with it.


Cats absolutely know where the laser is coming from. My parents had a cat that loved chasing the laser pointer all around the house, but when he got sick and wasn't feeling great, he would just look up from the dot straight at the person with the laser pointer with a look of complete disdain.

I'm not really sure how dogs process the pointer though, I've never tried it with mine.
 
2012-07-27 10:32:29 AM  
lh4.googleusercontent.com
 
2012-07-27 10:32:36 AM  

AbbeySomeone: It seems to be the small yappy dogs that enjoy this - coincidence?


Our German Shepherd loves chasing those things and she's neither small, nor yappy.

She has a reflective collar and will move herself into sunbeams / moonbeams in the house to make a reflection for her to chase. We have to take her collar off at night so she'll go to sleep rather than stay up playing for hours.

I wouldn't say she's neurotic, but she's as bad with it as the boys are with video games.
 
2012-07-27 10:32:44 AM  
You know what's really fun to do with a cat? You get your laser point out and shine it on the wall. When your cat sees it, you throw a pillow case over its head and take it to the pound because cats suck ass.
 
2012-07-27 10:33:16 AM  
That's pretty much why I stopped using it with my cat. Not that it isn't entertaining to watch, but he would take on a confused and upset demeanor after "catching" the dot. There never seemed to be closure for him, and he acted aggressively after ceasing play - to us, to our other cat.
 
2012-07-27 10:33:22 AM  
 
2012-07-27 10:33:43 AM  
I have one of those automatic laser pointers that randomly spins the light around the room making playing with the cat extremely easy or lazy. She loves it for about ten minutes. She has figured out where the dot came from once and knocked the thing over. She promptly forgot about where the dot was coming from when I turned it in two days later.
 
2012-07-27 10:33:51 AM  
My cat will meow at me incessantly until I bring out the laser pointer. He knows he'll never catch it and he knows where the little dot comes from, but he can't help himself.
 
2012-07-27 10:36:05 AM  

Katie98_KT: Mr Guy: The cat ABSOLUTELY knows the light is a projection from you, and will go back to you and smack the laser in your hand if she doesn't like how you play with it. The labs go nuts.

This. my cats KNOW the light is my doing.


My cat knew it also - sometimes (in typical cat fashion), she'd look at the dot, then look at me as if to say: "Your magic fails to delight me, human. Now make with the turkey." Other times, I could get her running full speed across the ~30 feet of my living/dining rooms.

It was awesome - she'd be running full bore, and just start running vertically when she hit the wall. She could usually get up to the light switch 4-5 feet up.
 
2012-07-27 10:36:31 AM  

kittyhas1000legs: I've solved this problem with my cat: when she tries to eat the dot, I turn off the laser.


Some cats want the sense of completion. My cat chases things, but will stop chasing when the 'game is over' so to speak. Chasing a bundle of feathers? Lick them into oblivion. Chasing a fuzzy mouse? Lick the fuzz off. Chasing a toy with a jingle bell on it? Remove the metal ball from inside the bell.

I still don't know how she always manages to do the last one.
 
2012-07-27 10:36:43 AM  

AbbeySomeone: It seems to be the small yappy dogs that enjoy this - coincidence?


My sister's 150 lb mastiff would disagree.
 
2012-07-27 10:36:46 AM  

Katie98_KT: Mr Guy: The cat ABSOLUTELY knows the light is a projection from you, and will go back to you and smack the laser in your hand if she doesn't like how you play with it. The labs go nuts.

This. my cats KNOW the light is my doing.


My dog does, but my cats think its the most awesome farking thing in the universe.

The dog just likes to bite the beam.
 
2012-07-27 10:36:53 AM  

Louisiana_Sitar_Club: You know what's really fun to do with a cat? You get your laser point out and shine it on the wall. When your cat sees it, you throw a pillow case over its head and take it to the pound because cats suck ass.


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2012-07-27 10:36:55 AM  

fireclown: my cat just hears the click and stares at my hand instead of the dot. I'm not sure if that makes her brilliant or stupid.

However, if I bring this bad boy out:
[www.thinkgeek.com image 600x600]
She's gone before it makes it 2 feet into the room. She can't figure out how it works, but it freaks the hell out of her.


What in the Great Hamster is that thing?!?
 
2012-07-27 10:37:32 AM  

trappedspirit: The dogs, cats, and PETA will get over it


FTFY. PETA never gets over anything.
 
2012-07-27 10:38:26 AM  
I love using them with my cat. When he's full of energy and running all over thr place like an asshole, I bust the laser out. I let him chase it for a few minutes, then have the light go under the closet door and turn it off. He then sits there, sometimes for hours, just quiet and staring at the closet door waiting for it to come out again.
 
2012-07-27 10:39:15 AM  
I have yet to see a cat with an attention span long enough for this to cause any "damage". Plus cats are not exactly sane to begin with. Our cat (who adopted us when the neighbors who owned her up and moved) requires several different toys per session. Hmm...not unlike the wife.

Anyhoo, she has decided it's fun to play on the old couch I have in the basement. It's not up against a wall, so I can "hide" on one side, she on the other, and she leaps on the back of the couch to catch my hand. Last night, she was just staring at me, and I did the old Belushi eyebrow thing. Freaked...the...hell...out. Ran off, came back, waiting for me to do it again, so I did. After that it was five minutes of "Whoa! Do that again!".
 
2012-07-27 10:40:39 AM  
I prefer the small piece of duct tape applied to the tip of the tail trick.

/Great way to "unwind" a dog, and frustrate a cat.
 
2012-07-27 10:41:42 AM  

neritz: Sybarite: If my cat even sees me pick up the laser pointer or hears the little click it makes when you activate it, she will immediately start begging me to play with her.

Same here with my roommate's cat. If I reach for it, she's already looking for the dot.


If only fooled my cat for about 2 minutes. Then she gave me this "Oh you" look and walked away.
 
2012-07-27 10:42:06 AM  
Man I must be a real dick to my dog. She LOVES chasing the dot. Of course, everyone but her can "catch" it. I will have to going and have someone cover the dot, so to speak, with their hands or feet and immediately turn it off. As soon as the person moves, it goes right back on.
 
2012-07-27 10:43:44 AM  

Julieahni: One of my cats is so over laser pointers. He either ignores it now or he just watches my hand, but not the dot.


My cat is the same. He made the connection between my hand and the dot, and now he doesn't give a shiat.

Much like this
 
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