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Old 03-07-2011, 10:20 AM
 
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Edward and I have always played every day with "da bird":

Amazon.com: Da Bird Feather Teaser: Kitchen & Dining

But this thing is hard, and I wonder if it caused the ulcers on both of his eyes? I threw it away and am using a soft play toy on the string now.

Anyone know?
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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As long as you didn't swing it full force into his face (and maybe even then) I don't think it would cause injury. I have one of these that we play with sometimes, and I haven't had any problems.
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Old 03-07-2011, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I don't know what you mean by "eye ulcers." Depending on where you are located, dogs can develop fatty deposits on their eyes, which is especially common in the southern U.S. Such deposits are not common in cats but can occur. It could also be many other things:

Northwest Animal Eye Specialists (http://www.northwestanimaleye.com/Corneal_Lipidosis.html - broken link)

Degeneration of the Cornea in Cats | PetMD

I would take your cat to the vet; I doubt that this has developed form playing with this particular toy (although I do wish it were that simple).
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Old 03-07-2011, 11:45 AM
 
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I don't know what you mean by "eye ulcers." Depending on where you are located, dogs can develop fatty deposits on their eyes, which is especially common in the southern U.S. Such deposits are not common in cats but can occur. It could also be many other things:

Northwest Animal Eye Specialists (http://www.northwestanimaleye.com/Corneal_Lipidosis.html - broken link)

Degeneration of the Cornea in Cats | PetMD

I would take your cat to the vet; I doubt that this has developed form playing with this particular toy (although I do wish it were that simple).


Please see the thread:

Yikes! red and weepy eye

It's herpes. We've been to the vet several times already.
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:16 PM
 
Location: In a cat house! ;)
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I don't know about eye injuries, but I do know someone that had this toy. Their cat was playing with this item alone and got his leg wrapped in the string part and the string part was also wrapped around the leg of a kitchen chair. The harder the cat tried to get away, the tighter the string got. Long story short, he almost lost his leg. He had to have surgery and such.
The above story may be an uncommon circumstance, but just something to keep in mind if you have string type cat toys.
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Old 03-08-2011, 05:18 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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Definitely a rare occurrence, but yes any string type of toy should always be stored out of kitty's reach when you are not playing. It's not meant for self-play.
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