Can Electronic Screens Be Harmful To My Cat's Eyes?
Electronic Screens Have No Doubt Become A Normal And Even Important Part Of Our Lives
Whether it is your TV, laptop, smartphone, or tablet, you know you spend significant time on them.
Since these electronic screens are lying around in your home, you might wonder if they have harmful effects on your cat. Is it okay for your cat to watch or look at a TV screen? Is it okay to let them look at your phone? Is it okay to watch your favorite shows with your cat?
We know that electronic screens can have a negative effect on us. However, does it also harm your cat’s eyes? Let’s find out.
Can Electronic Screens Harm The Eyes Of My Cats?
Under normal circumstances, the short answer is generally no. Electronic screens have little effect on your cat’s eyes. However, having too much screen time can lead to temporary problems.
In humans, when we watch too much TV or use our phone continuously over a long period of time, it can cause eye strain and even headaches. Your cat could also experience the same problem.
Moreover, there’s one particular technology that might negatively affect your cat --- LED lights. There are TVs, smartphones, and other electronic devices that are made with LED screens.
While you may not notice it, LED lights actually flicker, but they flicker so fast that these flickers are invisible to the human eyes. This is not the case in your cat.
To your cat, the LED lights, especially the cheap ones, have a strobe-like effect on his eyes. Cats are more sensitive to LED lights than humans and thus, you would find some cats who are not that really into looking at electronic screens.
For this reason, don’t let your cat watch videos for more than an hour. Not only that but if watching TV, don’t let him sit too close to the screen.
Other Possible Problems
It is not only the eyes that you should be worried about. There are a few things you need to consider when letting your cat watch electronic screens.
One is the sound of electronic gadgets. Cats are more sensitive to sound than humans. In fact, humans can only pick up sounds that range in frequency from 20 Hz (cycles/second) to 20,000 Hz. Consequently, cats can hear frequencies of up to 45,000 to 64,4000 Hz.
This means that there are noises that your cat can pick up that you don’t. They can hear the fan spinning inside your computer. They can hear the tiny sounds from your TV. They can detect noise that can be annoying. While these minute sounds may not be bothering you, they might already make your cat uncomfortable and stressed out.
Another issue you should consider is safety. Make sure your cat doesn’t get too excited to the point that they pounce on the TV or run around and trip on wires.
If your TV sits on a shelf, he may stumble upon it and your TV falls on him or on the floor. If your TV is mounted high, your cat may fall or injure himself when trying to pull the TV toward him.
So, if your cat becomes too excited in front of an electronic screen, be sure to supervise him at all times.
There is more to know about this topic. Unfortunately, not much research has been done about the effects of electronic screens on your cat. With this in mind, it is always best to err on the side of caution. So, just limit your cat’s screen time and add more activities to his daily schedule.
If you have any concerns regarding your cat, please don’t hesitate to speak to your vet. He can discuss more details about your feline friend, the effects of electronic screens, and healthy activities for you.
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