The Perfect Cat Toy
June 2, 2006 7:14 AM   Subscribe

At long last, the perfect cat toy (link goes to embedded video) has been discovered. Warning: it's kind of expensive.
posted by jonson (20 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Can't get the video to load, but it's the world's most expensive string, right?
posted by mkultra at 7:24 AM on June 2, 2006

No video for me either. Anyone got one that works?
posted by agregoli at 7:33 AM on June 2, 2006

Declawed, I assume.
posted by peeedro at 7:38 AM on June 2, 2006

Oh noes, Vimeo has been hacked!
posted by soundofsuburbia at 7:56 AM on June 2, 2006

I think this was in the b3ta newsletter as well. The site will be well and truly fuxx0red.
posted by Jofus at 7:56 AM on June 2, 2006

Adorable, I love it! The kitten is cute too.
posted by revgeorge at 8:00 AM on June 2, 2006

I couldn't get it to work in firefox but the downloaded .mp4 version played. Spoiler: it's a kitten swatting at a mac laptop. kind of cute.
posted by exogenous at 8:01 AM on June 2, 2006

That's all it is?

Damn, that's disappointing. Glad I didn't have to watch to find out.
posted by agregoli at 8:15 AM on June 2, 2006

It's mega cute. FF no go, IE ftw.
posted by parallax7d at 8:19 AM on June 2, 2006

everyone knows the perfect cat toy is a laser pointer. i am not a cat person, but if you give me a kitty and a laser pointer, both myself and the cat will be amused for hours.
posted by kneelconqueso at 8:19 AM on June 2, 2006

Not declawed, apparently.
posted by Happy Monkey at 8:30 AM on June 2, 2006

That was adorable.
posted by cleverusername at 8:32 AM on June 2, 2006

Can't read the direct vimeo link (Safari), but I suspect that the video might be the same as was previously mentioned here (which, strangely, works for me).
posted by Mr Stickfigure at 8:38 AM on June 2, 2006

posted by Scoo at 8:41 AM on June 2, 2006

Worked perfectly fine for me in Firefox.
posted by Rhomboid at 10:11 AM on June 2, 2006

Mr. Stickfigure's version worked for me.

We have 5 cats, four of whom are Maine Coon purebreds. Maine Coons are those big longhairs that breeders call "Gentle Giants". Velicoraptors with fur is a more accurate description. They don't just play with things, they work as a team. A swat team. A parrot expert who said one of her birds could hold off a household of cats heard we have MCs and said "You can never have birds. I've heard about those cats. They work as a S.W.A.T. team."

We spent $30 on a motor driven whirling mouse thing that was supposedly indestructible. I spent half an hour trying to figure out the odd instructions and assembling it, turned it on. All the coons and the half-breed kitten surrounded it as soon as I turned it on. So far so good, the cats are interested in it. In five minutes time, they bent the metal arm, stripped off the cloth tail, and burnt out the motor by hanging on the mouse with all their considerable muscle.

The laser pointer works great until the biggest ones start throwing their weight around while chasing the red light and bodies start flying, furniture and lamps are tipped over, etc. I like in a zoo.
posted by Ber at 11:37 AM on June 2, 2006

Man, can't somebody post some lame music video or something?
posted by ancientgower at 1:09 PM on June 2, 2006

The kitten video was cute, but this cat gets its kicks from a much cheaper toy.
posted by rosemere at 2:06 PM on June 2, 2006

SWAT team sounds about right. My former roommate had a Maine Coon who used to lie in ambush for hours waiting for her chance to pounce on my cat, who was about 1/3 her weight and half her intelligence.

Upon catching my cat, she would quickly force her to the ground and give her a vicious grooming... just to show her who's boss.

Oddly though, she had a phobia of laser pointers -- point one near her and she'd flee to the other end of the house and clean herself frantically for several minutes. My cat, on the other hand, will whine and beg for me to bring out the laser pointer on a daily basis.
posted by Foosnark at 5:19 PM on June 2, 2006

My cat, of course, doesn't understand that the pointer makes the dot, but she figured out the correlation extremely fast. Whatever it is about those laser pointer dots, cats seemt to find them extremely stimulating to chase. And since the stimulus is so very strong, anything and eveything associated with it becomes part of condition almost immediately.

So if my cat even sees me holding the pointer, her eyes immediately dilate and she goes into high-alert mode. My pointer is a little combo mini flashlight thing with a pointer—it uses two buttons and the laser button is momentary. She can hear that distinctive quiet little "click" from far away, much farther than I would expect. Bam, she comes running and is on alert. I don't have anything which stimulates her nearly as much, with the possible exception of any CD/DVD trays mysteriously opening and closing.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 9:23 PM on June 2, 2006

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