|I always advise my clients not to use laser toys for playtime with their pets. Cats are tactile creatures, and when they pounce on their “prey” they want to actually feel something underneath their paws. Putting a paw over a laser light is an exercise in frustration.
People often move the lights too frantically, causing the cat to stop playing in a natural feline way and begin bouncing off the walls in an attempt to get the target. This isn’t how cats play. And in some cases, chasing laser lights can cause cats to develop a fixation with any flickering light — they may end up displaying OCD-type behavior.
Although manufacturers claim the laser toys are safe, always avoid shining the light directly into your cat’s eyes.
Pam Johnson-Bennett, CABC, is a certified cat behavior consultant and author of seven best-selling books. Her website is www.catbehaviorassociates.com
November 15th, 2011