If you are living with a blind or deaf cat, you may come to realize that there is a lot of extra work involved in their lives. While it is true that many cat owners have come to appreciate the unique bond that exists between their cat and their hearing-challenged family member, there are some who still hold a harsh view of the relationship. In short, they think that the deaf cat is simply smarter than the cat that cannot hear. This can get old, real fast.
But the good news is that there are steps you can take to ensure that your cat does not suffer from the deprivation of sound:
1. You must remember that nothing is worse than living in a home where the cat cannot hear or see.
It is a sad fact that many cat owners have found out the hard way just how difficult it is to care for a cat that is deaf. There are many things that need to be done to make sure that your cat receives the best possible care. That means preparing your house to ensure the deaf cat’s safety.
2. Blind and deaf cats will require special dishes and food, and you must make sure that you are feeding them on a regular basis.
This is because they will often eat more when they feel hungry than other cats. You should also keep the litter box in an area of the house that is out of sight and out of reach of the cat. Also, consider grooming your cat on a regular basis so that the hair does not become tangled and cause problems. Remember to keep the nails trimmed, and the coat clean so that your blind and deaf cat looks his or her very best.
3. Make sure that your cat has fresh water constantly available to drink.
A steady supply of fresh water will prevent your cat from becoming dehydrated. Dehydration is one of the leading causes of blindness in cats. Again, blindness can result if your cat attempts to flee from you, and you must take immediate action to comfort your cat and give him or her plenty of food and water.
3. Your blind or deaf cat will require protection from the cold.
The window will provide warmth during the day, but it will not protect your cat from the cold, damp, and icy floor. You should invest in a nice pair of gloves. If your cat is an indoor cat, you can cover the windowsill with the gloves when the cat is not there. However, outdoor cats should have their own window.
4. You should keep the blinds closed when you are gone from home, even if you only take a short time.
Just one flap can allow dust and debris to get inside and be picked up by your cat. If you have a patio, plants can grow wild, which is a veritable treasure trove for a cat that is blind or deaf.
5. If your cat has an environment where they can play and stretch, you should leave the litter box outside.
When you come home, the cat will scratch on the box to sharpen their claws. This can lead to injuries. If you place the litter box next to the window, you can watch your cat play and scratch. If you see her scratching something in the middle of the room, pick it up and place it in the litter box.
Living with a cat can be tricky at times. It can become frustrating when you cannot catch your cat when she jumps on you. When you can catch your cat, teach her to return to you, rather than jump on you. As long as you show them where they can scratch, and tell them when they can scratch, they will learn what they should not do. Soon, your cat will look forward to coming back to you because she knows you will not hurt her.