Beware the iPhone Light
HIYA!! SAVANNAH HERE!!!
I have something kind of fun and also scary to share today. First, I am sure everybody already knows about the things to beware if they use the light iPhones offer for flash and for videos, but Mom L was clearly not a recipient of that email.
The fun part is getting to watch me in action using
my our newest cat tower, It really and truly is just my size. I don’t go up high and the top of this one is right at the windowsill level. Heck, I haven’t even climbed up to the top yet!
But I totally have a blast jumping into the tunnel part and then playing with anything that comes near where my paws and claws are!
You can see that I like to appear as though I am not interested in whatever Mom L is bringing over. But then I get a bit curious and so have to take a better peek.
Finally, I get a good full on look at whatever she is about to use to entice me to play. Notice my whonky eye color? Yeah, we tried to photo edit them to make them look better, but we are pretty poor at that kind of photo editing. Just notice the size of my pupils in this next photo. We were doing this photo shoot in a darkened living room at night, so the flashy thing was in use.
And play we did. I was a crazepants cat for sure! I can even whip around inside the tunnel to get the feather if it shows up behind me…I am very fast. But, Mom L couldn’t get a good video because it was to dark in the living room. So she used the iPhone light for this video.
Mom L noticed after just a few seconds that I stopped playing and just sat really still.
Then she noticed I retreated inside the tunnel and would not come out. So she put the peacock feather up to my face and I could not see it! I was blind!!!
She yelled for Dad P, he came running. Mom L is a basket case when we cats are hurt and she was already holding back sobs trying not to frighten me. Dad P got close to me and also saw that I was bobbing my head, and not able to see. When he or Mom held their fingers close to me I could smell them, but I didn’t know what that was so I recoiled back into the safety of the dark tunnel.
Dad checked my pupils and he could almost see NO color in my eyes. Mom L called our friend, my retired cat DVM, before grabbing me to rush to emergency. Mom L just knew she had blinded me, her precious Savannah.
By the time Mom L got Dr Josie, I was starting to look around a bit as though I could see some things. While they talked, I finally jumped down from the tower and walked slowly toward the kitchen. I was fine after that.
Dr. Josie said my pupils were already dilated a lot to be able to see in the darkened living room. And the iPhone light, while NOT a laser, it is terrifically bright…too bright for my already dilated pupils and when I looked toward the peacock feather, I looked straight into that blazing light and it temporarily blinded me.
I am sure most of you already knew to be careful with use of an iPhone light around an animal at night or in a darkened room. But, Mom L did not. I am just fine, we even played a lot today, Sunday, in my new tower.
But Mom L won’t ever forget! So beware of the iPhone light when you want to video your animals in a darkened room…just sayin’…