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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-22-2013, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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TOO excited?

We play with Rory (7 months old) plenty, and he has lots of toys. But I noticed when he first was introduced to the laser pen he got REALLY hyper. His breathing goes crazy, almost wheezing; his pupils go HUUUGE; his ears are going all over the place and I was wondering if he could be TOO excited?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-22-2013, 12:35 PM
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There is a level of excitement in my dog that I like to avoid but I have never seen any of my cats get *that* excited. Basically, if I think my pet's level of excitement is going to lead to injury then I try to calm things down.

Also, I personally don't play with laser pointers because my kitties are never able to actually *catch* anything and I worry that it will leave them frustrated. In dogs I have heard of playing with laser pointers leading to dogs who will attach shadows/light coming in the window.

Mine would rather play with a string or any toys I throw down the hall for them to chase... they just look so happy to chase after it and then prance back with it in their mouth.
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At my home, the huge dilated pupils are a sign that Nala's about to begin the Midnight Kitty Olympics and will be too busy running and jumping at full speed to listen to anybody and heaven help the other cat if she gets in the way.

Never an issue with breathing though.

If it's you guiding the play with a toy, I'd put it down after 10 minutes or so and give him a break.


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At my home, the huge dilated pupils are a sign that Nala's about to begin the Midnight Kitty Olympics and will be too busy running and jumping at full speed to listen to anybody and heaven help the other cat if she gets in the way.

Never an issue with breathing though.

If it's you guiding the play with a toy, I'd put it down after 10 minutes or so and give him a break.
Nah it's instant, I'm avoiding the toy for a bit
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I like the lazer pen, tires them out, which is a plus with active kittens. All I do is, when I'm done with it, I let them catch a toy, like one of the little mice. That way, they aren't too frustrated with not catching something and get a reward.

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I like the lazer pen, tires them out, which is a plus with active kittens. All I do is, when I'm done with it, I let them catch a toy, like one of the little mice. That way, they aren't too frustrated with not catching something and get a reward.

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I have heard of this and it is a good way to use the laser toy and still let them have the joy of catching something.
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TOO excited?

All three of mine get like this, including the 7 year old. They will have crazy sprinting moments when their ears will go back and they sprint/bunny hop around the house. I find its best to stay out of their way when they are like this unless they are causing trouble.

I agree, I try to avoid getting my dog like this. She is quite high energy and gets over excited very easily.


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