Catster reader Michele asks, “Are laser pointers dangerous for cats?” Well, Michele, have we got a song for you.
My Unbeatable Foe
By Sarah Donner
If you want to do a lazy kitty favors/Pull out a stimulating laser/It’s better than an episode of Frasier
Just be sure you don’t point it in their eyes/They have retinas that you could fry If the beam is ten milliwatts or higher
Oh, my unbeatable foe/I’ll go where ever you go/Oh, my unbeatable foe/I’ll go where ever you go
Try to curb laser beam frustration/After laser light show elation/With a tactile toy stimulation
When they’re done, don’t leave ’em high and hyper/Since no one wants to look like a sniper
Oh, my unbeatable foe/I’ll go where ever you go/Oh my unbeatable foe/I’ll go where ever you go
Sarah Says: My Dunkin is a particularly lazy kitty. Feathers on a stick and dancing girls just don’t do it for him. When I pull out the laser pointer, though, he moves like me at DSW when I see sequins on the clearance rack.
Some cat owners are reluctant to use lasers because of safety concerns. Cat toys from Dollar Tree aren’t burning anything but a hole in your wallet. These lasers are in the 5 to 10 mW range and considered safe by the US Food and Drug Administration (lasers that cut plastic are 75 mW!). Still, do not point them into anyone’s eyes!
To sustain eye damage, a laser needs to be in contact with the eye for more than ten seconds. My cats only maintain that much eye contact when I bring home takeout from Happy City.
Sources: LaserWeekly, Way of Cats, National Center for Biotechnology Information, eHow
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