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Flashlight in 3-week-old kitten?

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by NathanielClaw, Sep 18, 2020.


  1. NathanielClaw

    NathanielClaw PetForums Newbie

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    Hi guys! What happens if you flashlight a cat in the eyes for about 30 seconds (with intervals of a few seconds, not continuously)? One of my friends tried this to find out if his cat is blind or not. He didn't look blind, but may the light have done some damage?
     
  2. Linda Weasel

    Linda Weasel PetForums VIP

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    How about your friend takes his cat to a Vet, if he’s worried, rather than needlessly tormenting it?
     
  3. spotty cats

    spotty cats PetForums VIP

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    Are you talking about a near newborn as per the title or a grown cat as in your post?

    Young kittens eyes are far more sensitive.
    30 seconds is an extremely long time to be shining anything in anyone's eyes, at intervals or not.
     
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    Silverdoof PetForums Member

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    what makes your friend think the kitten is blind?
     
  5. NathanielClaw

    NathanielClaw PetForums Newbie

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    My friend flashlighted a 3-week-old kitten, as per title.. now we're worried he may have got some damage
     
  6. NathanielClaw

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    All vets are closed in these days in my town (I live in Switzerland). He was worried and sad thinking that his kitten was blind..
     
  7. NathanielClaw

    NathanielClaw PetForums Newbie

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    His eyes are fixed, he doesn't look at my friend's fingers when he moves them and, although he can walk a little, he can't orient himself. His eyes opened for the first time about 8 days ago..
     
  8. OrientalSlave

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    Your friend should leave the kitten to get on with growing up with it's mother. If his eyes only opened 8 days ago he isn't even 3 weeks old, and most kittens start toddling around that age.
     
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    NathanielClaw PetForums Newbie

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    He won't do it again, anymore. Anyway, do you think the kitten may have got damage?
     
  10. chillminx

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    It's possible, but too soon to tell as he is so young.
     
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