I was more referring to the line... but, yes, a dot sends them nutty. I
reckon I could actually kill one of ours through exhaustion as they
don't seem to know when they're worn out.
Indeed, I never knew cats panted until I got a laser pointer...
Ours did, until they figured out that even when they caught it,
Would you believe: US Patent # 5,443,036
"Method of Exercising a Cat".
"A method for inducing cats to exercise consists od directing
a beam of invisible light produced by a hand-held laser
apparatus onto the floor or wall or other opaque surface in
the vicinity of the cat, then moving the laser so as to
cause the bright pattern of light to move in an irregular
way fascinating to cats, and to any other animal with a
We have two cats a tiny, bright (for a cat) black one and a rather dim but
very loveable fat grey one. The grey cat will run the entire length of the
house, sliding to a crashing halt each end chasing that little red dot,
until exhaustion, . The black one on the other hand shows absolutely no
interest at all. It took me months to figure out that she could actually see
the dot but just isn't interested in chasing it unlike all the local
wildlife or indeed string.
I read a long time ago, that if a fly lands on a horizontally installed
steel girder, the girder will sag from the fly's weight. Of course, the
sag can only be measured with some very expensive equipment that none of
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String also involves the use of grey matter. Something that is lacking in
most people today. You have to know how to do it to do it.
Everything that is done with a laser can be done with string, measuring
tape, level, and half a brain. Except, that is, to throw a red dot out
there that the cat can play with.
Now, there are two lasers. Real lasers and play lasers. Real lasers can be
useful in throwing a line all around a room, or against a building, or
otherwise put up a mark that is easier than using the old ways. It is just
that they are very expensive, and one must know a lot about how to make them
work, and be sure that they are working properly. Anyone can throw up a
laser line, attach cabinets or molding, and be done with it. But, is it
right? Or do you end up with a kitchen full of crooked cabinets and molding
before you realize the thing is off?
Takes less time to do it the old way.
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