Adapting to Life With a Blind Cat
Cats are extremely sensory-reliant creatures, and going blind would seem a crippling blow to their quality of life. This is not the case. Thanks to their heightened sense of smell and hearing, and with a little help from their owners, blind cats are able to lead normal, healthy lives. Blind cats are often viewed as “unadoptable”, but they are loving companions just waiting for the right home. With a few simple techniques, you can make your home ideal for a vision-impaired cat. If you suspect your cat is blind or going blind, be sure to take it to a veterinarian as soon as possible.
Some symptoms you may notice include cloudy or tearing eyes, bumping into objects, and losing balance easily. Blindness is reversible in some cases if diagnosed early enough. Follow your vet’s instructions carefully.
Given time, your cat should be able to find its way around your home easily.
Keep items such as the food and water bowls, bed, and litter box in the same place. Getting a second litter box can minimize the risk of accidents, as your cat may need more time to find it. Placing them on opposite ends of the house ensures your cat always has a place to go close by. Also keep the floors clear of clutter and objects, which may pose a safety hazard, and try to maintain a calm, quiet atmosphere to avoid startling your cat.
Above all else, you should continue to treat your cat just as you always have. Schedule regular checkups and provide plenty of quality food and water. Your cat will not lose its desire for play, so be sure to cater to that need as well. Look for toys that are sound-oriented, such as squeaky animals or bells. There are even toys specially made for blind cats. With a little extra care, you can give your cat the most fulfilling life possible.