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Chessmind
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posted 03-03-2004 09:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
Hi. In other post a couple of us were trying to figure out if the lazer pointers that are made for cats are just as dangerous to their eyes as the office ones. Or if the cat ones are dangerous at all. Yes, I know the lazer should not be shined in their eyes to begin with.

One member found out that a class II label is safer.

Fleafly, you were the one that got me interested in the lazer pointer for my cat, so I got him one. So, I thought maybe you might know something about this. I still remember your pic of your cats all staring at the ceiling (U.F.O. pic?). Anyway, I threw away the package that the lazer pointer was in a long time ago. Then when I went to buy Handsome his food at the pet supply store they were all out of them, so I couldn't look at the warning label (if any).

Anyone know anything about lazers and cats eyes?

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iluvmykittys
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posted 03-04-2004 06:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for iluvmykittys     Edit/Delete Message
Wow, interesting! I bought my cat a laser pointer from Petco.com, and they love it. They just go nouts for it-chasing it all around the house. Its good exercise! However, I knew not to shine the laser at their eyes (so I only shine it at the floor), but I didn't realize/know that it could be more dangerous than that!? Keep me posted...

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fleafly
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posted 03-04-2004 01:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
I think that they are only harmful if they are shined directly in the cats or any other creatures eyes. Maybe the manufacturer would have a website with some info? I don't have my laser pointer anymore, it got lost somewhere. I want to get them another one. I hadn't even thought about them hurting their eyes!

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Katerina
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posted 03-04-2004 08:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Katerina     Edit/Delete Message
I think reflected lazer light is bad too, Does anyone know for sure.

Part of my Bachelor has linoleum floor and the laser sometime bounces off of it. For ths reason we play on the rug.

But if it's not harmful than we could play on the linoleum as well. for some reason she loves slidding across the floor.

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FMgurl43
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From:fort myers, fl. usa
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posted 03-04-2004 11:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FMgurl43     Edit/Delete Message
the one that i have 4 my cats i got from the vets office that i used to work 4 the doc would recommend them to everyone..i dont see if it would harm them why he would recommend them to ppl though but i dunno i to threw the package mine came in away. i have had it 4 2 years now and i use it daily sooo... keep me posted...

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Chessmind
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posted 03-07-2004 10:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
Update on laser pointers:

It seems like all laser pointers are harmful to not only cats eyes, but any animal and people. Class II lasers are less harmful than Class III lasers, however both can cause damage to the eyes if the laser is pointed at them. Both Class II and III are more harmful than looking directly at the sun. The FDA has placed a warning on all lasers.

Katerina: Yes, you are right. Reflective laser light is also harmful. So, when we play with our kitties with the laser light, stick to carpeted areas.

If anyone is interested in getting a broader explanation on laser pointers the website below is very informative.

Basically, laser pointers are safe, as long as you don't shine them in the eyes and as Katerina mentioned, be careful of reflective laser light off of flooring.
http://gary.myers.net/pointers.htm

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