...a word of warning to all my pet-owning folks out there. As you are "greening" your home to make the world a nicer place for generations beyond us, keep the following in mind and save $115. When you put natural (or full spectrum) lightbulbs/ lights in your home, your cat's eyes will look different when they reflect....you know that greenish haze that you see every so often in your cat's eyes? That's called the Tapetum. (don't ask me how to pronounce that...there are about 5 different ways and they all sound funny) Well when you put full spectrum lights in your home, suddenly you notice that your cat's eyes look....um...different...ALOT more often. You wonder why. You think "did i just not notice this before??" (aka: am i a bad mom?) Hmmmmm.....
Squeebert (aka laser balls!) in a new light
You ponder for a day or two. His eyes still look greenish hazy more than they ever did before. What could be doing that? Does he have an infection? Then his Beastly buddy conveniently (??) bites him in the eye during fighting. Off to the vet you go. He gets eye meds for a scratch and although the vet isn't able to see the "green sheen" problem, the vet tech does notice it. Which means that a) you're not out of your mind. b) going to have to see a specialist. c) Yeah, both.
When you get to the pet opthomologist (ching $ ching), he examines your kitty and proclaims "there is nothing wrong with this cat's eyes. Even the scratch is gone". How you rejoice!!! Soooooo happy. You leave the room of good news and suddenly realize you owe someone money. $115 to be exact. And although it is the best $115 you've spent in a very long time (as your cat's eyes are fine), you wonder how long it will take those new energy-saving light bulbs to recoup the $115 you just spent. How many full spectrum light bulbs does it take to spend $115?
Now you know. If you change the type of light bulb you use, the tapetum may weird you out for awhile. Have a glass of wine, relax, and change the light bulbs back.. Tapetum gone? Problem is light bulbs instead of cat's eyes. Wish i would have known.....
Ahhhhhhh knowledge.... here I sit, making the world greener, one vet bill at a time.