Appointments: (02) 6251 1444
16-18 Purdue St, Belconnen, ACT
(Parking via Gillott Street)
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 1:00pm

Canberra Cat Vet Blog

Laser pointers - harm or good?

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Cats and laser pointers. Name a more iconic duo. Unfortunately for our feline friends, laser pointers are often used in potentially harmful ways.The problem with laser pointers is that they lack an endpoint. Nothing is ever physically caught. Even if the cat is “successful,” there's no reward. Such pointless play can cause some cats to develop a compulsive disorder. Instead of engaging in normal activities like playing with their owners or even eating, these cats will spend a large portion of their day chasing things that are similar to the laser pointer light, such as shadows or reflections.
But that doesn't mean you need to stop using laser pointers.They're great for exercising cats and giving them the predatory stimulation they need. Use it in a way that's more effective by adding a clicker.
Here's how it works: The cat is trained to associate the sound of the clicker with pleasing its owner and with the promise of a tangible reward. Once it's clicker trained, the cat is periodically allowed to “catch” the laser light, at which point the owner delivers a click followed by a tasty treat. In this way, the cat knows that it's won and that something good is coming.

Search Blog

Recent Posts


cat containment roundworm tapeworm fits drinking more play introductions inflammatory bowel disease African wild cat cage blocked cat poisoning eye vaccine new year outdoor cat weight control worms return home love mass fluid pills appointment in season training sense of smell poisons blood pressure advantage panadeine home introduce twitching panadol introducing petting cat urine appetite vocal vomiting not eating AIDS castration changed breeder Hill's Metabolic off food feline AIDS breathing difficult socialisation sun hole blood test panleukopenia joints thirsty yowling eye infection unwell rub fat wet food best veterinarian information night itchy allergy cta fight vaccination heart disease weight activity anaemia snuffles whiskers enteritis rash food puzzles photo competition enclosure diet marking lump tumour dental dry food desexing thyroid cat vet grass gifts scratch sore ears cystitis kibble hospital catoberfest dental treatment crytococcosus checkup blood eye ulcer attack blockage sore gasping cryptococcosis adipokines paralysis tick opening hours vomit holiday calicivirus treat best vet decision to euthanase flu blind bladder stones pet insurance wet litter feliway litter box bladder New Year's Eve holes body language sneeze nails old cat dementia poisonous change hunters kittens snake bite behaviour change tablet introduction depomedrol echocardiography furballs cranky snakes client night feline herpesvirus meows a lot urinating aggression moving stress toxins desex string heavy breathing high blood pressure blue senior senses fever massage cortisone pica lick lilly hiding mince sick touch cat worms poison fear hypertension foreign body scratching post RSPCA kitten teeth noisy breathing urinating on curtains or carpet chlamydia stiff antibiotics hunter spey kidneys hungry allergy, diabetes overweight indoor cats paracetamol snake pet meat pill sick cat christmas fireworks strange behaviour pain killer cat fight fleas hunting microchip mouth breathing obesity diarrhoea panleukopaenia stare into space flea prevention skinny rough play sore eyes panamax tartar brown snake kitten deaths urination snot asthma check-up tooth kidney award hyperactive birthday aggressive train salivation dehydration aerokat antiviral skin fight spraying urinating outside litter paralysis cat history pheromone polish rigid head biopsy ulcers bump obese radioactive iodine on heat plaque cat enclosures health check open day bed learning bite holidays cancer mental health of cats lame ulcer lymphoma worming carrier best clinic ACT enemies dental check herpesvirus hyperthyroidism obsessive compulsive permethrin new cat old urine spraying prey cat friendly seizures odour grooming cognitive dysfunction when to go to vet pancreatitis holes in teeth head FORLS hearing vision euthanasia painful insulin thiamine deficiency exercise straining poisonous plants sucking wool fabric hairball hypertrophic cardiomyopathy intestine discount examination kidney disease cat flu skin cancer sensitive stomach behaviour Canberra Cat Vet pred pain sudden blindness cat FIV water plants abscess hunched over furball revolution paralysed blood in urine constipation tick computer free diuretics eyes slow restless litter scale pet groom cat enclosure nose scabs flea treatment feline enteritis mycoplasma aspirin laser pointer jumping toxic visit goodbye hard faeces rolls snakebite pain relief thirst liver cat behaviour weight loss renal disease drinking a lot wobbles new kitten face rub IBD lilies anxiety collapse bad breath signs of pain Canberra xylitol kitten play spray house call vet visit competition scratching dymadon prednisolone cough snuffle tradesmen unsociable annual check virus open night blindness runny nose physical activity best cat clinic home visit sensitive abscess,cat fight ribbon comfortis arthritis corneal ulcer runny eyes conflict dilated pupils ulcerated nose lily headache wool heaing


A calm, quiet haven for cats and their carers staffed by experienced, cat loving vets and nurses.

Canberra Cat Vet 16-18 Purdue St Belconnen ACT 2617 (parking off Gillott Street) Phone: (02) 6251-1444

Get Directions