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Why Runty is Getting an Automatic Laser Pointer for Christmas

Updated on March 1, 2013

Runty's Getting an Automatic Laser Pointer! Yay!

Cats need a lot of things. They need food, water, exercise, play, and most of all they need love! This Christmas I'm buying my cat Runty an automatic laser toy for cats and I know he's going to love it! There is no better gift for Runty and I'll tell you why. It could be the perfect gift for your kitty as well!

That wonderful feline to the left is Runty! He's two years old and is was born to a litter of 7 kittens, three of which live with me today. He loves laswer pointers, chasing bugs, and snuggling with his sisters.

Cat pictures were taken by the lensmaster. Product images from Amazon.com.

How Runty Came to Join Our Family - As Well as His Sisters

When Runty was born I didn't think I was actually going to get to keep him. There are a lot of feral cats living in my neighborhood and one was decided to have her kittens in our yard. We stayed clear because we didn't want to disturb her and have her abandon her kittens, but we did plan to get them when they were old enough to leave their mom and find homes for them. We also hoped to catch the mom in the process to get her spayed.

We planned to capture the entire litter when they were 10 weeks old. The local vet suggested not waiting a full 12 weeks because they would be more likely to pick up the habits of feral cats. Unfortunately, their mother took a few of them and abandoned the rest of the litter. We took them in and fed them kitten formula until they could eat soft food.

All but one of them quickly thrived. We found homes for most of them and fell in love with the remaining kittens and decided to keep them. The one that was struggling was little Runty. He was obviously the runt of the litter and was so tiny! We had to feed him using a syringe full of kitten formula and then kitten formula mixed with baby cereal for weeks before we would eat soft food. Eventually he started to eat on his own and started growing and flourishing.

Runty Now!

Boy has he grown! He went from being the runtiest, tiniest kitty in the litter to being a giant compared to his sisters! In fact, we ended up having to watch his food portions and help him exercise because at his size, even being a little overweight isn't good for his joints.

He loves to roll onto his back to get attention. If we aren't petting him he rolls on his back and meows so we'll rub his belly. He is also a lap cat. If I'm sitting and have my keyword on my lap, he'll push the keyboard off of my lap. climb on, and rub his face on mine. He's so lovey!

So, back to the automatic laser pointer...

FroliCat BOLT Interactive Laser Pet ToyCHECK PRICE

I looked at all of the different automatic laser toys for cats I could find, and there are a few, and I eventually settled on the FroliCat BOLT for a few reasons.

The first reason is that it also works as a handheld laser. Most of the time I like playing one-on-one with Runty so that's a huge plus! Besides, I love it when there is more than one way to use something.

Second is the automatic shut off. If I set this up for Runty he'd play for hours if he could. There have been times before where he's so tired he doesn't want to stand up but he'll keep playing. The automatic shut off keeps that from happening when I set it up in one room and go to work.

The last reason I picked this automatic laser pointer over others is the price! It's a lot cheaper than some of the Christmas gifts I've purchased for Runt in the past.

On a side note, I also spent some time on YouTube watching cats play with this toy. That really sealed the deal!

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Reasons Why

The FroliCat BOLT is the Best Gift for Runty

Runty Loves Chasing Lasers!

And Helps Him Fill His Need to Hunt

More than anything else, Runty loves to chase laser pointers. If you even say the word "laser" or pick it up to move it off of the table he comes running! He'll play until he's totally exhausted.

Why do cats like to chase lasers?

It's instinct. Cat's are hunters. Even when they live indoors and have no need to hunt for food, their brain is telling them to hunt. It's important to help cats feel that need by playing with them! You can use feather toys, remote controlled cat toys, laser pointers, and many other types of toys but it's all about finding what your cat likes best. For Runty, that's lasers.

He Needs the Exercise

Don't We All?

Cats in general need exercise, but Runty is not only physically larger than our other cats, but he's slightly overweight which could cause damage to his joints as he ages. We don't want that so we make sure to play with him often and keep him active.

Right now we use feather toys from time to time but he really doesn't like them. When we pull out the laser pointer he'll run laps back and forth through the house for as long as we're willing to play with him! It's so great to see him running, playing, and being happy. With this automatic laser pointer he'll be able to play even more.

It's a struggle now because he has a lot of energy but I simply can't play with him every time he wants to play. I'd like to, but I work from home so I need to be able to focus on that too. With his new gift I'll be able to set it up so he can play while I'm working and have our one-on-one time when I'm done with work for the day.

It Will Promote Bonding AND a Sense of Independence - Here Are All of Our Kitties

Playtime is important for a cat to bond with their owner and for cats to bond with each other. When they work together to try to hunt down the evil red dot, it helps them become closer. My three cats were from the same litter so they are already pretty close, but they always get along so much better after a nice play session together!

Since you can also hold this laser pointer in your hand you can play with your cat and bond with them and set it down when you need to do something and allow them to keep playing. This also helps them develop their sense if independence which is important for a feline. They like playing with you but they realize they don't NEED you to play.

I'm so excited to give Runty his present and see how he likes it, as well as his sisters!

Buy an Automatic Laser Toy for Cats on Amazon!

Think an automatic laser pointer will make a great gift for your kitty as well? Check out some of the different models and types available on Amazon and pick one up before Christmas day! Your kitty will thank you.

UPDATE

Runty absolutely loves his laser pointer. He's running around, playing, and having a great time. It's perfect for when we need to go to bed but he's still energetic. It turns off after ten minute so he won't get exhausted but it'll tire him out enough that he's ready for a cat nap.

I 100% recommend this toy for anyone wit a lazy cat or a cat who loves laser pointers.

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    • LPerry60 profile image

      LPerry60 3 years ago from East Coast United States

      Runty sure is a cutie :)

    • delia-delia profile image

      Delia 4 years ago

      Very cute story and a gift Runty will have fun playing with. Our Kitty loves chasing little lights, thinking it's a critter bug

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      Sharon Bellissimo 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      I have never heard of these toys - awesome for cats! Especially to keep indoor cats active.

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      Lovely story!! I'm sure Runty is happy with his laser!

    • malena10 profile image

      malena10 4 years ago

      We are thinking to buy FroliCat BOLT laser for our cat, she is indoor cat and we need something to entertain her. Maybe this will be her christmas present.

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      lionessprotector 5 years ago

      Runty is a pretty tuxie. I have an all black cat and a gray tabby (brother and sister) and we got a laser pointer for them, drove them nuts. It was hilarious.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Runty is one lucky cat!

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      Mary Stephenson 5 years ago from California

      Have a laser pointer, but since only one of my two cats has vision we will just stick with what we already have.

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      Riesling 5 years ago

      Iâve never heard of something like this before, this sounds really funny. I hope you cat is going to like it :-)

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      Nicole Pellegrini 5 years ago from New Jersey

      OMG I had no idea there were automatic laser toys for cats! What a great idea! Ours love chasing hand-held laser pointer beams. I may have to get one of these myself...

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice lens. Runty is a very lucky puss to have a owner like you. Thanks for sharing these laser toys for cats with us, it's the first time I have seen them.

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      DecoratingEvents 5 years ago

      Awesome gift idea for cats!

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      kab 5 years ago from Upstate, NY

      My dog does 25 laps around the back yard every night chasing a laser pointer like she's a greyhound (she's a cockapoo).

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      That's a great little present and if I had a cat I surely would be getting one of these, hmmm maybe Yoshi my parrot would like one ;)

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      Expat Mamasita 5 years ago from Slovakia

      Amazing!!

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      nightbear lm 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens, and your cats are gorgeous.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I don't have a cat but we have two little dogs that I suspect would find this a ton of fun to play with. Would stop them annoying the big dog for a while too...lol.

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      AmandaTWaH 5 years ago

      @greenlungsofpoland: Aww, I'm sorry about Princess. We originally had 4 kittens from the litter but one of them had lung problems and only made it through his first year. It was very sad. I'm glad you at least found a good home for your other kitties!

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      greenlungsofpoland 5 years ago

      That's a great idea they look like a very active bunch! We just lost one of our cat's Princess she was a stray and almost 15 we had her flown over from the states three years ago but bless her passed away peacefully in her sleep just yesterday! My previous cats Sookie and Jazz I had to giveaway to a wonderful lady who had a big old fashioned farmhouse in Mid Wales. When we left the UK for the States then Poland almost 4 years ago now! time flies. Beautiful lens super cats makes me want to write a cat lens now :) Thanks