We Try It: Cat Boredom Busting Laser Super Toy

I have three unique cats.  The oldest is approaching 19, and is clever and bitchy.  The middle cat is very affectionate and laid back.  The youngest isn’t terribly bright, but he does cute stuff.  He’s also a big fella, more on that later.  Anyway, as most cats are wont to do, all three of them get very excited about the laser pointer.

The Youngest will get so wrapped up in laser pointer games, he will stare at the last place he saw the laser beam for hours after we’re done playing.  Once, feeling impish, I turned off the hand-held pointer with the beam on a pile of books and papers, Youngest knocked them all down looking for his beloved beam.

Needless to say, as cute as it is, I have to do stuff and can’t spend the whole day pointing a laser beam around the room for my cat.  ThinkGeek.com (our affiliate, they’re not offering me anything to write this) is selling a laser toy for cats that may actually help Youngest feel less like he’s swallowed a sizable turtle.

The above is an actual action shot of Youngest playing with Bolt Interactive Pet Laser Toy (Here’s where the affiliate thing comes in. If you click and buy, we get a commission.) It’s 19.99 USD worth of cat entertaining with minimal human effort fun. I took it from behind the toy, and you should have seen the carpet dirt in high-res. He pounced just a second later, and rolled out of it with a grace I frankly didn’t think he was capable of.

Here’s Middle in another action shot. It’s as if she’s defeating a tiny Sith lord, hiding in her whiskers.

The Bolt runs on batteries, and looks a little bit like Wall-E’s buddy Eve. It uses a mirror mounted on a small, somewhat noisy motor to make the laser beam dance around. There’s a switch on top to control the range of how far the the beam goes. (Probably don’t want it shining into the neighbor’s house. We’ve all seen enough TV, that could scare the crap out of somebody.) If left unattended, the toy shuts off after several minutes. It kept all three of my cats completely enraptured for quite a long time. Oldest mostly watched the younger ones flipping around like fat kitty ninjas, but she got in a few swipes too. I am actually able to write this post without the sad, attention seeking moans of Youngest because of this delightful little toy.

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Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair.

2 thoughts on “We Try It: Cat Boredom Busting Laser Super Toy”

  1. I think my second son is part cat (duh). He loves lasers. Has bought a few for himself, even the overpriced (over prized?) green one at Radio Shack. He modified the weaker red one–courtesy of youtube videos–so it is more powerful. At least he can entertain himself, doesn’t need me to point it for him.

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