LA Good Questions: What is This Red Thing?!

LA Good Questions: What is This Red Thing?!

Grace Shu
Apr 24, 2008

AT reader Moneeka sent us this Japanese video of a cat playing with what looks like a red box on legs with an antenna attached to the top. (Warning: If you play the video, make sure you turn the volume down low!). She asks, I'm looking for a new toy for my two cats to play with that will distract them from scratching up the furniture. I've seen this red thing a lot lately in videos with cats playing with it and just wondering what it is--and if it's actually a toy for cats?

Dear Moneeka,

Apparently, that red box is a mini theremin, one of the earliest electronic musical instruments that is played by touching the antenna. So no, it wasn't intended for cats primarily...and we'd say you might be better off hitting up a pet store for some new toys for your kitties rather than go this route because the sound of that theremin could get annoying after a few...seconds.

Anyone have any suggestions for cat toys?

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