Tonight, In a Very Special Episode of “Cat Vs. Laser Dot”

Zeus is confronted once more by his old nemesis.

What followed was not pretty.

By John Scalzi

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23 replies on “Tonight, In a Very Special Episode of “Cat Vs. Laser Dot””


I have always wanted a fast moving and realistic laser image of a mouse to give my indoor cat something to chase as exercise.

The results would be equally “not pretty”…

Hope Zeus is not too rattled.



I just have to open the drawer in which my laser pointer is stored and I have three kitties waiting to play. And they play until their tongues are hanging out and panting. We love this toy.

I’m with family in Ohio for the holidays. My parents’ cat hates me. Every time I go to pick her up without my parents around, she hisses at me. Plus, she’s scratching up the furniture and hacking up hairballs on my mom’s most expensive Persian rug.

Do they make a NERF gun with a laser sight?

We made the mistake of trying to play with our cats with a laser pointer a year or so ago.

Our 70lb dog saw the thing one time and decided he had to chase it too. Now we have to lock him up to play with the kitties otherwise things get broken & toddlers get bowled over.

I’ve got a few kitties around here enthralled with laser pointers. The one that really likes to play with it however, plays, then spends five minutes cleaning herself, and then wants to play some more for five minutes, then cleans herself again. I put it up after the second time.

My friends’ cat that I used a pointer on, played with it for awhile, figured out that it was the thing in my hand, tried to look at it directly with his eye, then gave up on it. He prefers the fishing pole with the feathers much better.

Years and years ago a person I knew built their own laser “rifle”, complete with telescopic sights. They used to play with the cats in the house down the block when people left their curtains open. The cat’s humans never figured out what was happening.

Bryan Price @ 11:

And here I must quote the Sign of Wisdom posted in the optics lab at my alma mater:


OK, I’m going to give away one of my bajillion dollar ideas here;

Somebody needs to make a Wii game based on kittens and laser pointers. It should play similar to the Tony Hawk games where you can trick off of any surface and it should have a house-builder so you can set up cool areas to play.

I got this idea while watching one of my cats run 5 feet up the wall and do a backflip while chasing the laser. I really expected a difficulty rating and score to pop up after he did that.

Second patent: A pet entertainment device for the entertainment of a pet.

Phew. I would have been lost without that clarification as to the purpose of a pet entertainment device.

Our cat batted laconically, twice, at my laser pointer and then gave me the “do I LOOK like an idiot?” stare. My darling spoodle, however, will chase it for hours, with the grin of a dog who knows no finer game plastered all over her face.

My wife made the mistake of buying a laser pointer for both me and my son.

Imagine if you will a cat beset by the evil forces of RedDottia, fighting the good fight, pouncing on that dot only to find that there is not just one glowy red nemesis but two!

Watching a cat try to decide mid-leap which dot to land on is rather amusing.


“Do they make a NERF gun with a laser sight?”

As Eofhan said, I don’t believe they make an actual laser sight, but they do make “tactical illuminators”, and many of the newer NERF guns (including the EBF-25 Vulcan) have “tactical rails” that allow you to attach NERF accessories.

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