Blind cat, how to take care of it?
A blind cat, whether blindness is total or partial, progressive or sudden, can very well learn to live with this handicap. However, the loss of many of his landmarks can make his daily life more difficult. It is essential that you adapt your gestures, your habits, your communication, and you’re inferior to his new needs to ensure his health and well-being. Discover our tips to take good care of your blind cat.
Blind cat, how to take care of it?
Blindness in cats
In cats, the loss of sight may be gradual or sudden. It can touch one eye or both. Blindness can be due to your pet’s aging, a genetic abnormality, an accident, or illness. It is therefore important to act as quickly as possible by consulting your veterinarian because your cat’s blindness can mask a serious problem that needs to be treated quickly and can sometimes be cured.
How do you figure out if your cat is blind or if he becomes blind?
When a cat begins to lose his vision or becomes blind, he tends to be disoriented, he moves in search of his path, and he bumps up everywhere.
Here are the telltale signs of blindness:
- Your pet clashes with doors, furniture, and objects.
- He often rubs his eyes.
- He can start squinting.
- It moves harder and tends to move less within the home and when it is outside.
- He seems confused and disoriented in his familiar environment.
- He tends to fall when he jumps and has trouble recovering.
Feel free to look at his eyes for unusual symptoms. The eyes of a blind cat change:
- Its pupils are dilated and do not respond to light variations.
- His eyes are losing their color.
- They are red, inflamed, misty, watery.
- They can release pus.
- At the slightest sign, quickly consult your veterinarian. Indeed, it is possible that only one eye is touched or that the sight of your cat can be saved by acting quickly. Blindness can also hide a disease that is important to treat as soon as possible.
How to take good care of your blind cat?
Living with a blind cat is not impossible, but it is essential to do your best to make your life easier and take care of yourself daily. Indeed, tell yourself that it is a real test for your little cat who must relearn to live differently in his environment. Discover our tips.
Learn to communicate with your cat
With a blind animal, oral communication becomes the only real way to go to him. Talk to him more often than usual by articulating well and signal your presence by taking more significant steps. Your pet can help you with the vibrations you emit to locate you and better understand you.
Avoid all outside access
Your blind cat cannot walk outside without risking a great permanent danger. It is better to let it live indoors or in a closed and secure garden. If he accepts, you can walk on a leash and harness, provided you always keep an eye on him.
Do not change your interior.
Your blind cat will use his memory and especially his sense of smell to orient himself and find his dining area, his rest area, and his litter corner. Do not move them, because you can significantly disrupt his meager landmarks.
In the same way, avoid interior upheavals. Try to keep your furniture and items in the same place to prevent bouncing or getting lost. Make sure that the help of pheromones identifies your animal it deposits on furniture, objects, and door frames.
If you are moving or have to make interior modifications (work, etc.), first enclose your pet in one room.
Keep your house tidy.
Avoid as much as possible leaving objects, shoes, bags, or toys around the house, as your blind cat can bump into them or feel disturbed by all these obstacles. Make the most storage possible daily for the well-being of your pet.
Involve your children, explaining that they should not let their toys hang around for the well-being of your little cat. A convenient way to help you too!
Think about your cat’s collar and identification
Your blind cat can escape and be alone and lost in the street. Make sure he has a collar with your contact information and that of your veterinarian. Mention also the fact that he is blind so that anyone who finds it is warned and reacts accordingly. Make it note on a small plate attached to its necklace so that this information is visible. Finally, place a little bell on his necklace to help you locate it more easily.
Remember to equip your cat with a subcutaneous identification chip.
Reassure him as much as possible
Your voice is very important to reassure your blind cat. Talk to him to help you know him and avoid stress. Talk to him gently, calmly and patiently, and avoid loud and sudden noises that could upset or frighten him. Caress him to soothe and calm him by thinking well to announce to you not to scare him.
Think about your basic needs
Like any animal, your cat needs fresh, clean water, clean bedding – or two to help with emergencies without panic – and quality nutrition. Make sure his food has a pleasant smell because he will help himself a lot with his sense of smell. Do not let the kibble or pâté hang for hours or days in its bowl, as they tend to oxidize and smell bad.
Keep your home calm
Avoid loud and sudden noises that could scare your cat. Move to talk to a distant person rather than shout and avoid slamming closets, doors, and windows. Finally, if you listen to music, gradually increase the sound to accustom your pet and avoid as much as possible to look too loudly.
Keep playing with your cat.
Even if your pet is blind, he will always want and need to play. Equip yourself with sound-based blind cat toys, and give yourself time every day to allow yourself to spend time and share a moment of cooperation with you, safe with your supervision.
Ask your veterinarian for advice.
If you have any problems, ask your veterinarian for advice. He will be able to help you with the procedure to follow and the care to bring to your little blind cat.