Sunday, 30 January 2011

Light show

When I ordered the giant cat tray (highly successful, may I say; lots of room for cats who like to dig - mine have started that escape tunnel at last), I received a couple of free gifts.

One was a fluffy thing on a stick, a great pleasure to Hamish, but a bit too scary for Scooter, who fled from it at once. (How would those two little scaredy-cats have survived in the woods where they were found, I often wonder?)



And the other was a laser pointer, cunningly disguised as a mouse. With whiskers. Someone designs these things, imagine that - as a job! I could have done that! And been happy at my work, too.

The laser pointer has been a great success; I am now a prisoner in my own home, unable to go out to night classes to learn Esperanto, or Irish dancing, or racing bike maintenance. No, instead, I'm bullied by cats into providing free entertainment for them each night, all because of the opposable thumb thing.

Hamish is the lead bully; he sits and stares at me, and at the mouse, until I give in.








I've seen more of Hamish since the laser mouse arrived than in the past year. He waits patiently if it's switched off for a few seconds, and is the only one who has made a connection between the light and the mouse itself. Not as dim as he makes out, it seems.



Everyone loves it, except for Tosca, who isn't interested. Lottie, ever dignified, as befits being the household's Queen Victoria her superior status, is merely intrigued.




But not given to leaping about after it. Unlike a certain portly someone, who gets quite carried away.






And brings in his friend.



Millie loses interest quickly; she likes furry things to chase, preferably live furry things.





Esperanto for Beginners might not be so amusing, I guess....

20 comments:

Sue said...

Your animals crack me up. A laser mouse would have held my parents' dog (also called Flossie) in thrall. She would occasionally sit staring fixedly at the top of the dresser in a most unnerving way. Could she see something we couldn't?

mrspao said...

My cats love the laser pointer too. Lovely photos of the gang.

Hazel said...

Boy - my two cats would LOVE that light-mouse!

Catherine said...

Lasers ~ always so fun!
xo Catherine

June said...

Funny!
I guess *some* dogs can get a little OCD about laser pointers. But of course there are horror stories about everything under the sun.

HAZEL said...

I am going to buy a laser pointer next time I shop. The cats will adore it.

Kate on Clinton said...

It is great that you found a toy that draws out Hamish. It took almost 2 years to find what Lola likes - feathers, just like that first toy you pictured.

Val said...

My Uncle was a young copper in Brum before WW2 and they had a station cat that loved to exuberantly chase a torch beam. It was inevitable that eventually some one had a torch in their hand one night when the rather large Sargent bent over and someone shone the torch on his bum....

Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

Cute pictures. Looks like everyone is having a great time. I can drive my three crazy with the laser light,too.

flwrjane said...

Oh and I was just at the pet supply store today. If only I had read your post first. I think this would be a great hit at home, if a one eyed cat can follow a laser....

I'm sure we'll be back in a week or two. Litter and treats don't grow on trees.

xo jane

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

My father used to make Tinkerbelle "fly" round the room with the pre-laser trick of the sun and a silver spoon .Very small children were always intrigued .

Lucille said...

Well that worked for me! Tre komika cato.

the veg artist said...

We will think of you now of an evening, leading a dance lesson of cats and Flossie. It's exercise for Scooter, something that Hamish will join in with, bonding for all. Just don't go getting RSI on us!

annie hoff said...

I think that's lovely. Hours of fun - and the pets probably quite enjoy it too!

frayedattheedge said...

I'm still laughing!! Perhaps you could project an Esperanto textbook on to the wall, then use the laser to point to the words as you learn them, entertaining the cats as you go!

frayedattheedge said...

I'm still laughing!! Perhaps you could project an Esperanto textbook on to the wall, then use the laser to point to the words as you learn them, entertaining the cats as you go!

mountainear said...

What great fun - and fantastic pics of cats staring at dots! How about a short movie? Go on, you know we want you to!

Lynda (Granny K) said...

What fun! much better than TV, i'll bet!

judy in ky said...

You take the best cat pictures ever!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Hilarious!!!

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