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Cat laser toys are perhaps the favorite, most maddening of all cat toys. Cats love chasing the laser dot up the wall, across the floor, and even onto the dog. Laser pointers are useful for exercising cats and letting them use their natural prey drive to “hunt” the little red dot.
But all laser pointers are not created equal! Things have changed since the days of “click it” and “probably not stick it” handheld kitty lasers. Those simple gadgets are good to have on hand as are some others that use technology to keep you, and your kitties, thoroughly entertained.
First, a Public Service Announcement from…cats:
Why cats love laser toys (and how to use them safely)
Cat eyes are great at picking up movement, and many cats love to chase things. So it makes sense that a tiny, bright, quickly-moving light keeps some cats so engaged.
However, some cats get obsessed with chasing after the little red dot and they can become frustrated when the dot disappears, leaving them empty-pawed. Cats need the satisfaction of catching their prey.
For that reason, experts recommend finishing up a laser pointer play session by swapping in a toy your cat can actually “kill”. After a few minutes of fun with the laser, switch to a wand, or stuffed catnip, toy so your cat can sink their claws into something tangible.
Now, on to the cat laser toy fun!
Nothing kills a fun play session like dead batteries! Thankfully, this laser pointer has a rechargeable battery that works with a standard USB charger. Your cat will love chasing the red LED light around, and you’ll love the white LED flashlight function. Plus, a UV light setting helps you locate kitten “surprises” (i.e. pee stains) in the dark.Buy Now on Amazon
Looking for a more hands-off approach to cat laser pointer toys? This “droid” laser toy sticks to a window with a sturdy suction cup. Simply press the “on” button, and it engages your cat in ten minutes of random-pattern laser pointer play. Just remember to give your cat a treat after their play sesh is up so they can experience “catching” their prey.Buy Now on Amazon
This cute cat laser pointer toy is a good choice if you want something more interesting than a tiny flashlight. Even better, it’s a bargain. For under ten bucks, you get two paw print laser toys with soft silicone buttons.Buy Now on Amazon
KONG makes some of the best pet toys in the world, and their simple laser pointer is a winner. It’s shaped just like the classic KONG toy and works with the touch of a button.Buy Now on Chewy
This interactive, adjustable cat laser toy can be set to slow, fast, and variable speeds to match your cat’s pace. The cool diamond structure makes it a cute home accessory in addition to a fun cat toy.Buy Now on Amazon
This hands-free cat laser toy employs a rotating mirror to cast random laser patterns around your room. There’s also a manual mode if you want to get in on the action too.Buy Now on Chewy
This laser toy will look cute in your house as well as entertain your kitties. The bird has a weighted base so cats can bat at it and the motion activates the laser. Two toys in one!Buy Now on Chewy
Speaking of two toys in one, this combo laser pointer/wand provides the best of both worlds for cats. There’s the uncatchable, irresistible laser but also colorful hanging ribbons that will give your cat both the chase and the catch. Winning!Buy Now on Chewy
OK, now things are really getting good. This laser toy shines out a random beam while also moving about your house like a Roomba. Don’t worry, it shuts itself off after 10 minutes so your kitties won’t get too overstimulated. If only it actually vacuumed, too!Buy Now on Chewy
This rechargeable ball spins around the house on its own for up to 40 minutes while tempting your kitty with an LED light similar to a laser, but in a more “killable” form.Buy Now on Amazon
This little mushroom has both a laser and a rotating feather toy to drive your kitty absolutely wild. It rotates in four different modes, including a “quiet”, mode so you can get things done while your cat gets her exercise.Buy Now on Amazon
Unsure which laser pointer toy to get for your cat? One of the best things about cat laser toys is their affordability. We recommend picking up at least two different types to find out which one your cat likes best.