I adopted Dawn and Athena together as kittens, and I did the same a few years later when Calvin and Elsa Clair came to live with us. The theory is that kittens from the same litter are bonded, and will enjoy each other’s company.
So much for theories.
Each of my four cats likes their space more than each other. Thus, when I want to play with the kitties, I always seem to find myself several appendages short, as I can’t play with everyone at the same time, and cat language has no word — indeed, no concept of — “share.”
When I flick a cat fishing toy at Elsa Clair, the other three cats know better than to get between our tiny dragon and her prey. They may watch, from the bleachers, preferably from the nosebleed seats. Failure to do so may result in sharp and pointy consequences.
Because of this, when I do attempt to play with several cats at time, I wind up with my arms stretched out, a pole in each hand, and another pole stuck in the back pocket of my Levis. Imagine one of those old-time one-man bands, but with cat toys.
It isn’t pretty. And, no, I will not post photos.
This is why I like electronic pet toys. Because I can set one up far enough away that one cat can play with it, while I entertain another. And I can keep an eye on everyone. (No cat should be left unsupervised when playing with toys.)
Recently, my cats were sent a FroliCat BOLT automatic laser light to test.
Just as the FroliCat FLIK is designed to appeal to cats who love to play with string, the BOLT is meant for kitties who want to get that elusive Red Dot.
It’s a pretty cool gizmo, and my laser-loving kitties — specifically Calvin and Athena — come running as soon as they hear the whirring sound that means I’ve turned it on..
The Red Dot zips and zooms, stops and starts, making it tantalizingly chaseable. An adjustable mirror allows me to control where the dot goes: near, far, on the floor, on the wall. I can also use the toy the old-fashioned way — freezing the dot and using the BOLT like an ordinary cat laser toy.
The BOLT is entertaining enough that two cats can almost share it. The feline version of taking turns is, “It’s my toy, until I get bored and walk away. Then it’s still my toy, but since you’re playing with it and I don’t want to get swatted, I’ll watch until you get bored. Or until I swat you and take over.”
Want to see it in action? Watch Calvin test it out in the short video below. Look for a few surprise visitors, including Athena — who was watching the toy the entire time.
DISCLAIMER: I was given a FroliCat BOLT to test — and one to give away — but was not paid for this story.
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