Blind Cats – How to Help Your Cat With This Condition

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Blind Cats – How to Help Your Cat With This Condition

Blind cats, things to do and note.

It is important to know that cats normally adjust well to blindness, whether partial or a complete loss of vision. That’s because a blind cat quickly learns to rely on their other senses.

You will need to make adjustments to your home and it may take a few weeks for your cat to adapt, but with a little help from you and plenty of TLC, your cat will not stress.

Signs of Blindness
Some cats lose their vision and their owner isn’t aware until the furniture is rearranged and the cat walks into it. Others lose their sight overnight which is much more obvious because of disorientation.

What to look for?
Dilated pupils: Fixed round pupils even in bright sunshine are a sign.
Easily startled: The cat jumps when approached from behind.
Bumping into things: The cat walks into objects placed in her path.
Altered behaviour: This may be a shift in the hierarchy between the cats in a household or a cat who seems withdrawn and reluctant to go outside. An obvious indicator of blindness is peeing accidents indoors.
First Response
If you suspect your cat is blind, get her checked by a vet so the cause can be investigated. One major cause is high blood pressure (fluid leaks behind the retina, pushing it away from the eye). With prompt treatment of hypertension, a small percentage of cats may recover their vision.

Also some of the causative conditions need managing on their own such as kidney disease, diabetes, or overactive thyroid glands. Treating these underlying conditions will help to protect the cat’s overall health.

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