If your own beloved cat suddenly loses its sight or you are thinking of adopting a blind cat, it is understandable that doubts and fears may arise. The situation is of course a challenge for humans and animals, but the good news is that even a blind cat can lead a fulfilled and happy life. There are all kinds of tips and tricks you can use to get your blind cat under your paws.
How do you notice a blindness?
As soon as you notice any abnormal behaviour (e.g. walking against furniture) or pathological changes in the eye (e.g. clouding, red eyes) of your cat, see a vet as soon as possible. It is very important to find the cause of blindness, as in some cases it is necessary to intervene medically (e.g. pain, tumours). The course of some diseases (e.g. cataracts) can turn positive through the administration of medication or surgery. In some cases a complete healing cannot be ruled out.
How do you behave correctly with the blind cat?
First of all, be aware that a cat can handle blindness much better than humans. Thanks to their other very well developed senses such as sense of smell and hearing, our blind pets are able to find their way in their familiar surroundings. Also their sensitive whiskers help them to orient themselves very well. Seeing is therefore not the first priority as it is with humans. It can also be assumed, in comparison to humans, that when one sense is lost for perception, the other senses are strengthened again. So don’t be desperate, most cats can adapt very well to the situation after initial disorientation and then enjoy playing and romping around again.
How a cat reacts to blindness varies from case to case. There are cats who take the situation with ease, others are almost depressed. But it is very important to give her the feeling of security, because that is what your darling needs the most and be patient in any case, it is an enormous change for both of you.
It is also advisable to keep your cat only inside the apartment from now on, as otherwise the safety of your fur nose can no longer be guaranteed sufficiently. There are simply too many dangers lurking in nature, such as busy roads, free-range animals and swimming pools. However, a secured balcony does not pose such a great danger if it is secured with a cat grille or similar. However, if you don’t want to deny her the freedom to go out at all, a cat leash is a good idea.
How can you help your blind cat?
- Stick to strict daily routines, a blind cat needs more routine to cope better in everyday life.
- Don’t make any serious changes to her environment. Do not move furniture, food or sleeping places and do not leave things in the middle of the room. Also her toilet should always be in the same place.
- Talk to her more. Music and sounds can have a calming effect. If she needs to be alone, you can turn on the radio, for example.
- If you want to touch your cat, give it an acoustic signal in advance (no matter if you say “Attention” or for example click your tongue, otherwise it might be frightened).
- Increase the body contact, intensive fur-care or extensive cuddling can weigh it in safety.
- Even a blind cat wants to be kept busy. Sniffing games are very popular here. Things that rustling, ringing, crunching are also welcome game objects.
- You can equip stairs with a protective grid. Ensure more security in the home in general.
- You can also work with different surfaces, such as carpets, smooth mats, etc., and the cat will recognize where she is by her sense of touch.
- You can also prepare her favourite places with scented oils. Since cats smell a lot better than we do, consider using scented oils sparingly and making sure your cat is comfortable or not.
As you can see, there are many tips and tricks that can make life easier for you and your blind darling. Just like seeing cats, they are quite able to have a fulfilled cat life. So always remember, the blindness of your beloved cuddly tiger is not a reason for despair, it may even bring you closer together. So let’s go into a new phase of life.