Coping With Cat Blindness
Cat blindness may occur suddenly or happen gradually. This page deals with how to look after a cat who's lost his eyesight. For information on cat eye problems which could cause blindness, click here.
How To Help your Blind Cat
If you are in the situation where you're watching your kitty gradually lose his sight, or if you've seen him go suddenly blind, my heart goes out to you. It is a really distressing experience. Fortunately, the one bit of good news is that it is possible for a blind cat to adapt extremely well, and still have a very good quality of life.
As long as you do some practical things to help your kitty, he should be absolutely fine:
Kitty will learn where his bed, litter box, food etc. all are with amazing precision. It's important to keep them in the same places so he knows where to find them.
If you can avoid it, don't move the furniture around. Also, beware of leaving things lying around that he could bump into accidentally.
If Kitty doesn't realize you're around, either talk to him or clap your hands as you approach him, to let him know you're there and avoid giving him a fright.
Blind cats are far more at risk of outdoor dangers than seeing cats. Only let your blind cat outside if you have an outdoor area that's secure, enclosed and totally safe. If you don't have such an area, it's safer to keep him inside.
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