Join Date: May 2008
Location: St. Albert, AB, Canada
The trick to it working without driving them nuts, IMO, is two simple things.
1. A defined start and end. I always say 'All done.' when I'm done playing any sort of game with our cats, and now they know that means that mummy is done and they need to go find something else to amuse them. That being said I don't get them all crazy riled up and leave them that way, I play until they're tired and then give them toys they like to play with by themselves if they still want to run a bit. You have to be fair, but if you're consistent about not starting again once you've said you're done they will eventually get it.
2. Give them something tangible when you're done. I always either toss them a toy where the red dot was last, or toss a treat there. That way they 'caught' it and can feel some satisfaction.
NEVER EVER EVER make the dot run under the couch, or the tv stand or whatever and then put it away. They'll sit there for ever waiting for the dot to come back out...that's how you create obsession and it just isn't fair to your pets.
Have a defined end, and give them something to chomp their frustration out on when you're done. As long as you do that you won't have any problems at all.
Becky and the cats: Jitzu (11), Torri (9), Doran (8 ), and Muffin (8 )
The boys at 8 - not