It’s no secret that cats have good eyesight, especially in the dark. But, alas, tragedies happen in the lives of some Pets – they go blind. There may be several reasons:
- incorrect intrauterine development of the kitten or birth trauma;
- mechanical damage;
- age-related changes;
- complications after advanced eye infections.
The latter serves as another reminder that for any inflammatory process that affects the cat’s visual organs, it must be shown to the veterinarian. After all, in some cases, vision can be restored or its complete loss can be prevented.
However, if this has already happened, if you decide to take a kitten that is blind from birth, or if blindness gradually occurs due to the venerable age of the animal, do not despair. The main task of the owner in this case is to provide your pet with complete comfort.
Instead of sight, the main sources of information for the animal will be smell, hearing, and touch. Therefore, it is necessary to focus on them.
How does hearing compensate for the lack of vision?
Let’s start with the fact that cats (especially kittens with childhood disabilities) do not lose their hunting instincts and do not stop wanting to play. Therefore, any toys that “determine” their location will come to the rescue. These can be cat rattles or “squeakers”. But keep in mind that when hearing performs a compensating function, it becomes too sensitive. Any sharp sound can be perceived by the cat as a danger. Therefore, if the toy is too noisy or too loud and unpleasant to squeak, it can frighten the pet.
By the way, it is worth calming a blind cat if you accidentally dropped something loudly, broke it, or even in the case of a household quarrel. For the same reason, a cat can hide in a secluded place if guests come to the house and unfamiliar voices are heard, especially a male bass.
Make it a rule to warn a blind cat that you are coming into the room, going to stroke it or pick it up. And in General, communicate more with her, so that she understands: next to the native owner, who will not harm her. Therefore, she is completely safe and can relax.
How does the nose compensate for the lack of vision?
Another analyzer that plays an important role as a compensator for lack of vision is the nose. With it, the cat will be guided where the food is and where its tray is located. Therefore, the first few times you will need to take the kitten to the tray yourself and not immediately remove it. The smell will allow the baby to navigate where to go next time.
As for old cats who were accustomed to the toilet while still sighted, they rarely have problems finding it. After all, they have done the familiar route many times, and are able to reach it (or, say, their bowl) without thinking. In this case, it is not recommended to change the location of important objects for the cat: toilet, water tank, food bowl, favorite place of rest (house, chair, etc.)
Studying the situation with the help of touch
If there is a need to change the place of residence, the blind cat will have to be taught again. Take the time to take her around the house or apartment, give her the opportunity to explore with you potentially dangerous areas and corners. Consider that there is a small child nearby, and it is necessary to ensure safe movement. If possible, remove unnecessary items from the floor – this will allow your pet to quickly adapt and not run into objects.
Blindness is not a reason to give up walking. Some blind cats perceive even the fallen leaves under their paws, the first snow or the lawn that has replaced the asphalt as an unusual game. But you can’t protect your pet from surprises on the street. A blind cat may be afraid of something, run and get lost. So be sure to use a leash. Also make it a rule to use a collar with your phone number.
Hi, my name is Mike Fletcher. I am 36 years old and I’m a veterinarian at a veterinary clinic in Granby Colorado. And this is my blog about Pets. I hope I can answer your questions here.