Oh, for heavens sake! In response to a previous post on cat laser toys.
Of course the max exposure time is calculated for human eyes. At least I assume as much. Given that 16 minutes is a fair amount of time, it’s my uneducated opinion that it still leaves a margin of safety for more sensitive eyes. Another consideration is the blink reflex. Safety of lasers, according to what I read yesterday, is also based on the blink reflex. In other words, it’s the reflex that instinctively protects the eyes. Your assignment, should you care to accept it, is to find out for me if the blink reflex on eyes more sensitive than humans is greater or lessor? This poses an interested study in and of its self.
However, as always, to be on the safe side, my “official” advice is that laser toys should all be banned for humans who are going to sit and stare at them in excess of 16 minutes. Since the maximum exposure time is unknown for cats, hence forth I would like to make it known that all cats guarded by humans who are worried about this shall also be restricted in their purchase of laser toys, pointers, etc.
In future articles we may touch on the plethora of other dangers I expose my cats to on a daily basis: salmonella, tick and flea products, high places to fall from, vaccines, house plants, garden plants, airborne germs in the enclosure, germs I bring in on my shoes and clothing, allowing people to handle small kittens before sterilizing their hands (honest to God, I know breeders who will not allow their kittens to even be viewed until they are 8 weeks old, let alone handled), paper clips, electrical cords ….
And just think, I was going to discuss the dry versus wet food controversy, and now I’ve run out of time — lol. Don’t look so relieved!