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SmartyKat® Loco!Laser™, retail $7.99
Manufactured by (Unknown) for SmartyKat® (
Last updated 10-11-12

What we have here is a "mouse"-shaped laser pointer specifically marketed for use as a cat toy.

It uses three LR44 button cells; "the laser pointer battery" -- the same power source used in most other "keychain-style" laser pointers and portable lasers.

Power output barely tops 1.37mW (the safe maximum power output is 5mW); making this truly "cat eye safe" -- though you should never intentionally hose down your kitty cat with it -- well, not in the face anyway.

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

Press & hold down the button on the top of the product and direct the laser spot on the floor or low on the walls so that Patches or Nikki chases it. Continue to have fun with your cat for as long as you wish. Do allow them to "catch" the spot with their paw from time to time so that kitty does not become discouraged and subsequently become disinterested in the toy.

Release pressure on the button to turn the laser back off.

To change the batteries in this pet toy, use a small Phillips screwdriver to partially unscrew the screw holding the battery door in place (you need not remove it all the way), lift the door off, carry it to the wash room, and drop it into the plastic cat toliet so that your little furry fuzzbomb drops a fudge bunny on it and then dutifully buries it...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the three used LR44 button cells out of the battery compartment and into your hand (gently pry them out if necessary), and dispose of, recycle, or recharge them as you see fit.

Insert three new LR44 button cells into the compartment, orienting them so that their slightly raised sides (-) negatives face the spring for them in the compartment.

Screw the battery door back on, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad that you didn't huck that tailcap into the cat box so that your kitty could drop a fudge bunny on it now?

This is a self-contained laser , and not a flashlight meant to be carried around, thrashed, trashed, and abused - so I won't try to drown it in the toliet tank, bash it against a steel rod or against a concrete porch, let my mother's big dog's ghost, her kitty cats, my kitty cat, or my sister's kitty cats piddle (uranate) on it, run over it with a 450lb Quickie Pulse 6 motorised wheelchair, stomp on it, use a small or medium ball peen hammer in order to bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoñata, drop it down the top of Mt. Erupto (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piñata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout (located at Piñata Central {aka. "Party Central"}), with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; the cannoñata (also located at Piñata Central) is only used to shoot piñatas to piñata parties away from picturesque Piñata Island, and Mt. Erupto is an active volcano on Piñata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or perform other indecencies on it that a flashlight might have to have performed on it. So this section of the web page will be ***SIGNIFICANTLY*** more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

This is a directly-injected laser though, who's active components are the laser diode and the collimating lens. So it should withstand accidents better than a DPSS (diode pumped solid state) laser - the type of laser assembly found in yellow (593.5nm), green (532nm) and blue (473nm) laser pointers. These lasers have several additional components (crystals, filters, etc.) in the optical train, and you can knock them out of alignment by doing little more than looking at them the wrong way. And if any of these components are nocked out of whack, you'll no longer get your yellow, green, or blue laser beam.

Though you still do not want to intentionally drop your red-emitting laser cat toy because it's a precision optical instrument.

Power output analysis
Measures more than 1mW but less than 2mW on my LaserBee 2.5W USB Laser Power Meter w/Thermopile. This measurement was confirmed on my Sper Scientific Pocket Laser Power Meter # 840011, as the following photograph indicates:

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".

Beam photograph on a wall at ~8 feet.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the laser in this product.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the laser in this product; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 650nm and 660nm to pinpoint wavelength, which is 653.077nm.

USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis.
The beam is being vignetted (cut off) so severely that I am not able to differentiate the X- (fast) and Y- (slow) axes.

Image made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.

Test unit was purchased at a Safeway store in Federal Way WA. USA on 10-01-12.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

Fun "mouse" shape
Properly labelled for wavelength and power output
Pushbutton is firm, yet not too difficult to operate


Beam is rather significantly vignetted (cut off)
Not too water-resistant; care should be taken not to let it fall into cat's water dish

    MANUFACTURER: Unknown for SmartyKat®
    PRODUCT TYPE: Laser pointer cat toy
    LAMP TYPE: Directly-injected diode laser
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Very narrow spot
    SWITCH TYPE: Momentary pushbutton on upper surface of product
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; laser & lens recessed into a hosel for them
    BATTERY: 3x LR44 button cells
    WATER- AND URANATION-RESISTANT: Light splatter-resistance only
    ACCESSORIES: Batteries
    SIZE: 80mm L x 30.50mm W x 20mm D
    WEIGHT: 26.30g (0.930 oz.)
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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