Introduction: Laserholic Pets

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Here is a simple way you can easily keep your pets entertained if they like to chase the 1mw red lasers.
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Step 1: Get All the Parts

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1 Pet (preferably dog... or cat)
1 Pet Jacket/Sweater
1 Pack of Velcro Tape (radioshack has them)
1 1 mw Laser (petco has them)
1 Rubber Band
1 Scissor

Step 2: Prepare the Velcro Tape

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Cut the soft side of the velcro tape into two pieces. Remove the plastic protecting the sticky underside and wrap it above and below the button on the laser. The velcro tape will need some trimming to remove the excess so it fits perfect around the laser.

Step 3: Attach to Clothing

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Remove the plastic covering the sticky side of the rough velcro tape. Firmly attach to the pet's clothing on either the right or left shoulder.

Step 4: Entertainment Till the Battery Dies!

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Put the rubber band on the laser so it holds down the button allowing the laser to stay on and then attach it to the clothing on either the right of left side.
Posted by Laser Community member: FathomBoy91


shantinath1000 (author)2015-03-05

There are some serious behavioral problems that can arise in dogs if they play with lasers- they prey drive is activated but they are never able to satisfy the drive and as a result you have the potential for a neurotic dog with problems such as increased anxiety and obsessive light / shadow chasing behaviors- here is a link to an article that tells more about this-

jscott14 (author)2012-10-11

I have no idea why people think this is cruel. My cats know the sound of the click of the laser pointer and all get ready knowing it is play time. They love chasing the darn thing, and when I let them know it is over, they are fine and stop looking for it. They know it is a game. Animals are not as dumb as people think.

I think this is a great idea, and really gives them a good workout. Using a laser pointer with one of my cats actually gave her better eye/paw coordination. She had problems with putting her paws where her eyes told her something was (if you know what I mean), and after playing with the laser for a while, she was better able to hit her target.

Keep up the good work.

Mirime (author)2010-11-29

we do this with our cats and it dose help the one lose some wieght 23 pound 1/2 mainecoon and loves to sit on people's ribs

cormac3050 (author)2008-11-28

So, what happens if you shine the laser on the ceiling?? :-)

 they watch it attentively until it comes back down and them the fun begins again

13lovinghands13 (author)2009-04-30

About 10 years ago we had a Lab/chess that just went wild over our exercise routine of using a lazer light up and down a long hall. After about 2 years she started limping. We took her to a vet and she had torn her ACL. We had surgery to repair the knee joint ( $900 and lots of stress getting her to and from the surgery-150 miles each way). After discussing how we played with her to give her exercise during the terrible winters in SD the vet told us to never use the lazer with her again and that her other knee was at risk because of bearing more weight on it during recuperation. The other knee went bad and we had to put her down because the repaired knee could not hold her weight while recuperating. I will let you determine if you want to take the chance of surgery or not. We personally do not use this any more. I think using it with cats would probably be ok since they do not stop on a dime after going 100 MPH and turn around headed the other direction.

You've not seen my cats darting about, they can run into a room, turn around and dart back out again within a fraction of a second... ;)

 my cat all i can see is a black blur running through the living room......i am convinced she is a crack addict

golddigger1559 (author)2010-03-11

 zomg do do that on a tile floor i was playing with my aussie sheppard with a laser and she got some momentum and slid till she hit the was the funniest thing ive ever seen she even kept chasing the dam laser 

 dont do it on a tile floor

supergreenlaser (author)2008-08-14

This gives dogs/cats a false sense of reality. NOT GOOD FOR AMIMALS. This is CURLE! Do not use lasers on animals!

bdboatr (author)supergreenlaser2009-10-05

lasers, "curle"? Not so much. Vest to add masculinity to Santa's Little Helper... cruel.

clark (author)supergreenlaser2009-04-08


Ulthran (author)clark2009-08-19

Amimals? Curle? Don't you love it when people try to have a serious statement, but just mess it up? xD

clark (author)Ulthran2009-08-19

haha yes!

peach_fart (author)2009-09-30

petco has lasers and radioshack has velco tape?

theRIAA (author)2007-12-11

my dog doesn't even notice my 35mw green laser, i can flash it anywhere around him, and he just acts like nothings going on, i assume your dog would have a heart attack. and isn't that kinda cruel? wouldn't prolonged exposure to this device cause uncontrollable rage... in dogs?

dombeef (author)theRIAA2009-01-24

Me too my dog wont follow the light

FathomBoy91 (author)theRIAA2007-12-11

Actually he doesn't seem to respond to my 55mw greenie and i told my teacher about it... She recalls seeing somewhere that dogs may be colorblind or more sensative to certain colors... it was news to me because i always thought they saw black and white...

NetReaper (author)FathomBoy912008-06-14

Ya, I hear that they can see some colors, just not all. As humans our eyes are attracted to green lasers the most

The N3rD (author)NetReaper2008-08-19

well, not exactly "attracted to", just "most sensitive to" green.

NetReaper (author)The N3rD2008-08-19

ohh, excuse me. maybe since dogs can't see red they ignore it more, mine does.

Schnuh330 (author)2009-01-02

Great idea wish my cat would tolerate a jacket, or that my dogs would chase a laser. would love to see the video but it has been marked private.

dombeef (author)Schnuh3302009-01-24

Me too

Radioactive_Legos (author)2008-08-26

I laughed through the whole video....

conrad2468 (author)2008-08-20

my dog has add...or is really smart! he tries to catch it until he realizes he cant catch it then he gives up but ur dog is hell bent on getting that dot!

Sunny124613 (author)2008-07-17

OMG that dog is so focused on the laser!! My dog would get scared, (she is scared of any loud noises or any thing that comes as a surprise)

tac135 (author)2008-07-17

My one dog got obsessed with my laser, any time i would have a pen in my hand or anything that even resembled a laser pointer, he would go insane and start running around looking for the laser. I stopped doing it because of that, but i still do it for my cat, he isn't as crazy as my dog.

Joys (author)2008-04-03

hahah awsome gotta try this +1 rate

macca4life (author)2008-03-28

hey its splinter cell the dog

macca4life (author)2008-03-28

this is the best get a little race car atach (may not be spelt right) the laser pen to the car and drive t around a room and watch the dog chase it i remeber i did it to mine and note if they are coor blind they can still see the laser because the red dot in the dogs eyes becomes visible because its so strong and bold

cmzoo (author)2008-03-18

I do not advise playing light chase games with dogs as this can lead to obsessive-compulsive disorder, especially in certain breeds - such as border collies.

armadillozenith (author)2008-03-13

I had a cat Mitzi who was absolutely dedicated to chasing light. She would sit in the kitchen (where first daylight shone) and call for me until I would reflect a spot of light from a knife around the floor. This became a regular routine. She would 'pat pat pat' at the spot of light as I moved it round in a circle... first one way then the other... on and on... Since she would ask for it, I guess she liked it!! Not cruel. My other cat Subi though once slapped her for it ("stop that - you're making us cats look foolish" I guess was her objection). Sun also reflects in odd moving shapes on our room walls and ceiling from passing cars, a sort of abstract light show; Mitzi would leap up the wall for that too.

GorillazMiko (author)2007-12-12

your dogs legs look very skinny

FathomBoy91 (author)GorillazMiko2007-12-12

Lol yup thats how his breed is, muscle and bones....


chilali (author)2008-03-08

Nice idea! My dog loves to chase the laser light (and flash light). I toss down a treat when we end the game so he can finally catch something solid, and it's a clear signal that the game is done for now.

explosivemaker (author)2008-02-25

ha ha ha...nice one

emericanskater (author)2008-02-09

this is good i luv the idea but i nvr tried lasers with my dog i dnt think he will chase the laser but i could modify it so it works with a peice of food

Hawaii00000 (author)2007-12-19

My dog doesn't really chase lasers I'm not sure why but I lnow he's a very intelligent dog.

soapbox derby car (author)2007-12-16

I've only got one problem with might want to hook on the keychain to the vest so that if the laser pointer falls off, one's pet cannot choke on it.

ramedia (author)2007-12-16

I personally disagree with this. This isn't playful. The dog is anxious. Anxiety isn't play. I compounds until the dog is neurotic and obsessive. Your dog needs exercise in wide open spaces to be happy. Obsessive "games" like constantly retrieving balls, and chasing after lights they never catch lead to dogs with problems. Never do something to an animal you wouldn't approve for a human being. You could also dangle food on a string that is attached to a stick tied to them. Is that fun or just mean?

ymm424 (author)2007-12-16

This is a clever way to amuse your pet without having hands on. So how about devising a remote control so that you can remotely turn the laser on and off somehow? Perhaps a remote device that could push the button on and off somehow. Also, I read that dogs CAN detect blue and red...extremes of the spectrum. That would something you could test with these lasers!

redneckone (author)2007-12-14

This is definitly one of the most creative instructables in the contest... nobody else has worked on projects involving pets... awsome job

Maxx1 (author)2007-12-11

Lasers hitting the eyes no matter the wave length is cruel. Even if the pet likes the game. The eye damage YOU will have to deal with..

DeadlyDad (author)Maxx12007-12-13

Gentlemen, assumptions are assumptions, and facts are facts: a standard laser pointer used in this manner, where the beam is in almost constant motion, will not cause any eye injury. This is not a circumstance for the adage 'Do not look into laser with remaining eye'. ;)

FathomBoy91 (author)Maxx12007-12-12

No it is NOT hitting his eye.... I would never put any animal in danger like that! I had already checked that the placement was good... I even had a friend come over to verify that it was not putting him in danger in any way...

trooperrick (author)2007-12-13

This is pretty creative! But its seems kind of sad for the dog never to be able to catch it, I always whenever I play with my cats, turn off the laser right when they jump on it so they think they caught it, then three seconds later turn it back on. It keeps them playing as long as you want.

Chimera14 (author)2007-12-13

if only i could get my cat to hold still for me to attach it on him... XD still, good job!

mrmath (author)2007-12-12

I have to agree with the RIAA and Solaryellow. It a little on the cruel side. Only because it's never ending. I bet they love it for a few minutes, but if they don't settle down and just ignore it after 5 or 10 minutes, that goes into the cruel area. It's like tickling. My son loves being tickled for short periods. Go more than 10 seconds, or after he says stop, and it's heading into the cruel area.

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