As an aside, did you know that Kyler and I rescued Future Cat in 2003 from a grocery store parking lot in Norfolk, Virginia, right after Hurricane Isabel passed through? He and Lola lived together as young cats in Virginia Beach (although during his stay in Brooklyn, Lola was terrible to him, but she's terrible to everyone except for me).
Oh, Future. He was so tiny.
You wouldn't know it by looking at his 22 lb. throw pillow-esc frame, but Future Cat is quite playful. He loves catnip toys, scratch pads, feather toys, and, most of all, laser pointers.
So I knew exactly what to get him for Christmas: The FroliCat BOLT ($19.95). The FroliCat Bolt is an interactive laser toy -- you can either use it manually or put it on a flat surface, in which case the BOLT generates a fifteen-minute perfect-for-cats bolting laser pointer sequence. You should have seen the joy on Future Cat's face as he unwrapped this gift under the tree (although he would have been happier if he also unwrapped 4 AA batteries, which don't come with the BOLT). You can currently buy the FroliCat BOLT on sale at Amazon for $16.62.
Note: I thought Future Cat would be fine with the BOLT, but if you're in the market for an automated laser pointer toy (and who isn't?), you should also know about the FroliCat DART ($34.95). The DART is marketed for cats and dogs. It generates 360 degree laser patterns, has variable speed settings, and features an adjustable timer (so, unlike the BOLT, it's not limited to fifteen minutes). The DART, however, has no manual setting. The FroliCat DART is currently on sale at Amazon for $27.99. [I love how stressed out the kitten looks in the promotional image.]
My own pets don't have any interest in laser pointers, but if your pets do, these FroliCat products keep 'em occupied while you take a break. $16.62 to keep this little devil happy and busy -- well worth it!