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I am always in the mood for some serious snuggling. Anytime or anywhere, pick me up and I will lay in your arms like a baby. In spite of everything I have been through to save my eyes, and all the pain, I will let you do anything without complaint.
I like other cats. And I love to play. If you are not sure that you could handle taking care of a blind kitty please check out the care instructions below.
Caring For a Blind Cat
Cats are extremely adaptable & can live a perfectly happy & content life without vision. As your cat's caregiver, there are things you can do to make your cat's life as easy as possible. They can do almost as much as a cat with vision can do, but you will have to make some changes in order to accommodate a blind cat.
If you are new to being the carer of a blind cat, don't worry for your cat. If the blindness has come on suddenly, it may take your cat a little while to adapt but it will do so given time & patience.
A blind cat should not be permitted outside unless in the safety of a cat enclosure or on a harness & leash. There are just too many dangers for cats, but blind cats are especially vulnerable.
Make sure your cat has permanent identification. If your blind cat does accidentally end up outside, it will be harder for him to find his way home. Identification will therefore increase his chances of being reunited with you. Provide your cat with a collar & ID tag which states that your cat is blind.
Block off access to windows & balconies which have a long drop to the ground.
Keep things familiar:
It is very important to your cat to have consistency in its life. This means keeping its environment as familiar as possible. Some tips include:
Don't move around furniture
Don’t move litter trays
Don’t move food bowls etc.
Feed your cat at the same time every day.
If you do move something, move it back immediately.
Keep the house clutter free
Avoid startling your cat with sudden noises. If there is a sudden noise, such as a pot being dropped, gently assure your cat.
Stimulating the Other senses:
Your cat's other senses will be heightened & it is advised to encourage your cat to use them. Provide toys which make a noise or catnip toys which your cat can smell.
Whiskers are used by cats to help them feel around in narrow spaces, especially on a night time. Therefore a cat's whiskers should never be trimmed. This is especially true in the blind cat.
As your cat has lost its vision its hearing & sense are especially important. You should take your cat to the vet for routine veterinary checks regularly & if you notice anything unusual, seek veterinary advice immediately.
When you approach your cat, do so while talking soothingly to him. Be careful not to startle him suddenly.