There’s little worse than getting all cozy in bed, only to realize you left the light on.
Most people dread having to get back out of bed to flip it off, but one cat owner shared a hack that may save you the trip out of bed.
Ali G, known on TikTok as user @alianimus, is a cat mom who found herself in the all-too-common predicament of being in bed, her bedroom light off, but realizing she left the living room light on. Naturally, she really didn’t want to get out of bed, but that’s when she had an idea: She’d use her cat to turn the light off.
If you’ve ever been around house cats, you probably know that many of them like to play. Cats are natural hunters and when they can’t chase mice, they’ll chase toy mice, feathers, and pretty much anything else.
Some cat parents use little red lasers to play with their cats, and that’s something Ali likes to do. She knew one of her cats would chase the laser, so she decided to point it at the light switch and see if her cat could jump up and turn it off.
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In a video shared on TikTok, she showed the hack in action and it actually worked! In the TikTok, you can see the laser turn on and point at the light switch. One of her cats instantly starts chasing it and jumps up and hits the light off.
She said in the video, “Life Hack: If you’re too lazy to get up and turn your lights off, just use your cat and a laser.”
Her video quickly went viral, with many people finding the hack to be genius. However, others were quick to point out that it could be dangerous for the cat and some even mentioned that lasers are not safe toys for pets.
The biggest concern with using a laser in this way is the potential for it to cause damage to a cat’s eyes. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, brief exposure to a laser on the eye can cause severe damage.
They said, “The natural protective mechanisms of the eye — such as the blink reflex — are ineffective against lasers with an output power greater than five milliwatts, and severe retinal damage may occur, even after momentary exposure.”
Additionally, many have noticed concerning behavioral changes in their cats after prolonged use of lasers for play.
Vet Street explained, “The potential problem with these toys comes because the cat can never ‘win’ the game. Even if a cat catches the dot there’s nothing there. The cat gets all worked up with no resolution — every time.”
They noted that laser toys have been “blamed for the development of compulsive behaviors such as excessive grooming,” due to the frustration the cat builds up. Essentially, they can make a cat go crazy.
However, a simple solution for that is to allow your cat to play with other toys that they can “win” with, such as a toy on the end of a string, a stuffed mouse, etc., in addition to the laser toy.
All cats are different, and when attempting a “hack” like this, please proceed with caution or speak with your veterinarian to make sure it’s suitable for your animal.
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