If you notice your cat suddenly bumping into chair or table legs, she may be going blind. Contact your vet for a check up.
Living with a blind cat
Cats may start to lose their sight for a variety of reasons, including old age. The change is often so gradual that many owners don't notice anything unusual until the loss becomes total.
Take a closer look at your cat if she starts bumping into things. Those that are blind in one eye may be startled by sudden movements on their blind side. If you are concerned about your cat’s eyesight, arrange for an examination by your vet.
Adapting to blindness
Cats compensate for impaired vision by relying more on their remaining senses, especially smell. Older cats in particular, with their more relaxed approach to life, generally appear unfazed by failing sight.
However, there are a number of things you can do to make life easier for your cat:
- When talking to your pet, make your speech frequent and exaggerated.
- Blind cats are easily disorientated and must not be allowed to roam.
- Blind cats rely on scent and memory to find their way around, so keep food, furniture and litter trays in the same place.
- Highlight potential hazards, such as stair landings, with small amounts of lemon oil or potpourri.
- Don't leave obstacles in unexpected places.
- Make sure cats wear a quick release collar with their name, address and the phone number of a vet.
Being consistent with these adjustments will ensure that a cat with special needs can live with a good quality of life.
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