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Blindness is the partial or total loss of vision, may be due to a congenital or acquired cause following a trauma or illness such as high blood pressure, a cataract or glaucoma. Whether you have a kitten blind from birth or your old cat has lost vision, it’s stressful at first for both you and your cat.
But you should know that blindness does not have to prevent your cat from living a happy and adventurous life. Cats are beings with resilience, that is, they are able to adapt to difficult and even traumatizing situations, and if you help them doing some adaptations in the house to make life easier and giving you the necessary care your cat will know how to adapt to have a happy life.
In this article we are going to give you advice on care for a blind cat.
A cat with problems of blindness may have inflamed eyes, discolored, with a certain opacity, its Pupils they are big and they do not contract when receiving light. If you are blind or if you are losing part of your vision, your cat may be easily startled or you may appear confused after a piece of furniture has been moved around the house or even tripped over. hit a piece of furniture. If you observe one of these signs you should take your cat to the veterinarian to determine with certainty if your cat is blind or not.
In some cases blindness can be reversible, but if it turns out to be an irreversible blindness, you can help: a cat has a much more developed sense of hearing and smell than the human and can allow it compensate for a loss of vision.
If it’s an acquired blindness that appeared suddenly, your cat may need a few weeks to adjust to his new life.
A blind cat should not be outdoors without supervision: it should only stay inside the house or have access to a safe and closed garden with fences. If you can not keep an eye on him outside, it’s better to stay inside the house. You can also walk him by putting a harness and a strap. Discover how to teach a cat to ride on a leash.
It is especially important that your cat carry a chip if it is blind so that if it is lost and someone finds it a veterinarian will be able to read its microchip and contact you.
Caring for a blind cat is complicated at first, but can be accomplished with patience and a lot of affection. We recommend that you also inform yourself about how to care for an elderly cat if this is your case. Remember that older cats should be treated with much more care and perseverance.
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