Cutting cats for medicine

Cats have forward facing eyes like humans and are born with very poor vision like babies. That vision improves as they grow and 'learn' how to see as the brain cells develop. The result is they are perfect for research into eye development and how that may impact on human eye development especially eye problems in children. Cardiff university has been experimenting with kittens by sewing the eyes of five kittens for 2 to 5 days, 11 were brought up in total darkness and 15 in normal conditions. All 31 had brain surgery before an induced death.

Source Daily Mail 2012 University of Cardiff

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