Figuring out just how to keep pets entertained can be very tiring.
Of course, you don’t really feel like playing catch with your dog after a long day at work, or dangling strings over your cat’s head to stop them from destroying every piece of furniture in sight.
Luckily for those who are tinkerers, there is a simple way to keep your feline entertained for hours without you having to constantly buy new cat toys.
All you need to have an affinity for assembling electronics.
La Fabrique DIY has provided a video, which you will find at the end of this article, that explains just how to build the device, which has been dubbed “cat laser toy.” Text and photo instructions are available on Imgur.
The laser tower is securely glued to an Arduino board and attached to a laser module, all enclosed in an old Altoids box. The tower is composed of just two SG90 micro servos, attached to a pan / tilt camera platform mount, which allows it to move the laser dot around like a jumping insect. The instructions also suggest adding a resistor to weaken the laser’s brightness. After all, you probably don’t want to give your cat a headache.
Laser toy gadgets are nothing new in the pet space. Petcube Play, which allows owners to keep an eye on their fur-babies even when they’re not in the same location, comes with a built-in laser toy that allows pet owners to play with their pet when they’re not home. The product itself was initially launched on Kickstarter and according to a recent post on their Kickstarter page, it’s almost ready for shipping.
For the DIY-inclined, however, this cat laser device may just be a better (and cheaper) option!