With my new kitten/cat Urbie (I've had him a month, and after being a stray, he's totally at home)...he's come into his own!
We play with the flashlight. Unlike a laser, it has a very audible "click" when it turns on. After the second time, he'd hear that click and be ON GUARD!!!! Ready to rumble.
We also play with the feather/stick thing. But I now initiate all play time with the click of the flashlight. He likes to run and jump up like "SURPRISE", it's funny as can be, but I'm a little concerned because my 88 year old mum lives with us, and she broke her pelvis last fall.
But after a week of "initiating" the play time with the audible click, I think it's starting to sink in. When he initiates play with me, I still use the click of the flashlight to make it official.
Just thought I'd throw that out there.
Oh, one more toy idea. We got Urbie one of those cardboard scratch boxes that you put the catnip in. We put it in the middle of the floor (on the carpet) and he runs and jumps on it...it kind of surfs a bit. Maybe I'll stick a string on it and give it a yank, I bet he'd like that too.
The Empress, of course, disdains all of this activity, the only play she desires is for my mom to follow her to the kitchen on DEMAND, and of course, mega attention when she jumps on laps. Did I mention she will sit next to one of us, tilt her head a bit to make sure you're looking at her, and then just plop over. It's hilarious. I'll try to video it, I don't know how she learned to do that.