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Cat Overstimulated/breathing heavily immediately with laser light?

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Today I introduced my 6-7 month old kitten to the laser light. However, after about 5 mins of playing and not very much running around long distance with it, he started breathing very heavily and I felt him and his heart was pounding, but he would not have been tired/exhausted. I think he may have gotten overly excited by it? I’m just wondering if it is safe to play with him. He’s calming down now about ten minutes after I stopped, but still seems to be breathing heavier than usual and is looking for the laser still excitedly/maybe panicking? He really loves toys and playing so I’m thinking maybe it was just too much for him? I should mention in general he is a very excited/energetic cat, he gets wired every time I take the treats out, etc. Thanks in advance for your thoughts on this!
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It's great to hear that your kitten enjoys playing with toys! However, it's important to be cautious when using laser lights with cats. While they can be entertaining, some cats may become overly excited or stressed when chasing laser lights, which can lead to rapid breathing and an increased heart rate.

In your kitten's case, it's possible that the intense play session with the laser light caused him to become overly excited or anxious. Heavy breathing and a pounding heart could be signs of stress. It's always a good idea to monitor your kitten's behavior during playtime to ensure their well-being.

To prevent any potential issues, you may want to consider the following:

1. Limit the duration of laser play sessions: Keep the playtime with the laser light short, usually around 5-10 minutes, to avoid overstimulating your kitten.

2. Provide alternative toys: Introduce other interactive toys that your kitten can chase and play with, such as wand toys or balls. This will help redirect their energy and provide a more satisfying play experience.

3. Engage in interactive play: Instead of relying solely on laser lights, engage in interactive play sessions with toys that allow your kitten to physically chase and capture them. This will give your kitten a chance to burn off energy in a more natural and fulfilling way.

4. Observe your kitten's reaction: Pay attention to your kitten's behavior and body language during play. If you notice signs of stress or exhaustion, such as heavy breathing, panting, or a racing heart, it's important to stop the activity and allow your kitten to calm down.

If your kitten's heavy breathing persists or if you have any concerns about their health, it's best to consult a veterinarian. They can provide a professional assessment and offer personalized advice based on your kitten's specific needs.

Remember, playtime should be an enjoyable and safe experience for your kitten. By being mindful of their reactions and providing appropriate toys and play routines, you can ensure a happy and healthy playtime for both of you.
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