Category: gifts for cats

Aug 15

Cat-at and condo

Cat-at

the cat-at no shed cat… and while we’re thinking on that one, check the cat-at condo. note the swank interior.

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Apr 03

Hep Kitties in Wigs

If you didn’t already know, DFW is home to the coolest kitty accessories evah….Kitty Wigs!! Kitty Wigs are created by Julie Jackson and photo’d by Jill Johnson. And had you been in downtown Dallas in March you would have seen Gravy totally PWNing the megatron, and looking hep as all hell.

hepcaturday gravy in wig

Click here to pop over to WFAA to watch Jill’s interview.

Order a wig for your own kitty or Glamous Puss (the book) online at KittyWigs.com Each Kitty Wig comes in an attractive round metal wig case on a wig form and covered in a hair net to help keep its shape and luster.

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The Kitty Wig package also includes complete instructions for wig care, suggestions from professional photographers, and a mouse with rattle to help you direct Kitty’s stunned gaze. You also get some cards for yourself and a Kitty Wigs pin… The Skinny on Cats calls this the purrrrfect gift for kitty and cat lover alike!

<-- Here's, my Bob Wallace, trying to butt in on the action. He was kitty-wiggin' when kitty-wiggin' wasn't cool. Check out Bob getting his Irish on.

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Mar 30

US patent 5443036 – Method for Exercising a Cat

I’m going to cut right to the good parts, but here is where you can read the whole patent online.

Claims:

1. A method of inducing aerobic exercise in an unrestrained cat comprising the steps of:

(a) directing an intense coherent beam of invisible light produced by a hand-held laser apparatus to produce a bright highly-focused pattern of light at the intersection of the beam and an opaque surface, said pattern being of visual interest to a cat; and

(b) selectively redirecting said beam out of the cat’s immediate reach to induce said cat to run and chase said beam and pattern of light around an exercise area.

2. The method of claim 1 wherein said bright pattern of light is small in area relative to a paw of the cat.

3. The method of claim 1 wherein said beam remains invisible between said laser and said opaque surface until impinging on said opaque surface.

4. The method of claim 1 wherein step (b) includes sweeping said beam at an angular speed to cause said pattern to move along said opaque surface at a speed in the range of five to twenty-five feet per second.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Technical Field

The present invention relates to recreational and amusement devices for domestic animals and, more particularly, to a method for exercising and entertaining cats.

2. Discussion of the Prior Art

Cats are not characteristically disposed toward voluntary aerobic exercise. It becomes the burden of the cat owner to create situations of sufficient interest to the feline to induce even short-lived and modest exertion for the health and well-being of the pet. Cats are, however, fascinated by light and enthralled by unpredictable jumpy movements, as for instance, by the bobbing end of a piece of hand-held string or yarn, or a ball rolling and bouncing across a floor. Intense sunlight reflected from a mirror or focused through a prism, if the room is sufficiently dark, will, when moved irregularly, cause even the more sedentary of cats to scamper after the lighted image in an amusing and therapeutic game of “cat and mouse.” The disruption of having to darken a room to stage a cat workout and the uncertainty of collecting a convenient sunbeam in a lens or mirror render these approaches to establishing a regular life-enhancing cat exercise routine inconvenient at best.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Accordingly, it is an object of the present invention to provide an improved method of exercising a cat in normal day and night lighting environments.

It is a further object of the present invention to provide a method of providing amusing, entertaining and healthy exercise for a cat.

It is yet another object of the present invention to teach a method of exercising a cat effortlessly at any time.

In accordance with the present invention, a light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation (laser) device in a small hand-held configuration is used to project and move a bright pattern of light around a room to amuse and exercise a cat.

The method is effective, simple, convenient and inexpensive to practice and provides healthy exercise for the cat and amusement and entertainment for both the cat and the owner.

These and other objects, features and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the following description and accompanying drawings of one specific embodiment thereof.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a cat owner exercising a cat in accordance with the present invention.

exercising your cat

FIG. 2 is a plan view of a hand-held laser exerciser.

laser cat exerciser

Thanks much to our kitteh loving engineer friend Jakub Dudek! (The drawings REALLY deliver…why am i thinking “set phaser to stun”?)

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Feb 14

A Little Bling for Valentine’s Day

Why not give kitty all the fancy goodness she (or he) deserves?

soft safe cat collars

Beastie Band Cat Collars are cool collars designed exclusively for cool cats. Made of soft spongy and comfortable material, these collars stretch along their entire length for safety and are very light weight. They have a Velcro closure that really holds and a unique cut-to-fit feature that allows them to fit any size neck from a kitten to the biggest tomcat! Each collar does include a metal eyelet to allow you to hang essential tags. Beastie Band collars are decorated with clever and fun designs. All collars are 1/2″ wide and 12″ long and may be cut to fit.

Beastie Bands are safe AND sexy! The puuuurrrrfect Valentine’s Day gift for your Mr. Fancypants or Wee Princess Fluffernutter.

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