How to Take Care of a Blind Cat

 

Minimize obstacles in your home.

Since your cat may have a hard time navigating the house at first, you should do your best to provide a home that is as free from obstacles as possible. Keeping the floor clear will help your cat to navigate the house without bumping into things. Some suggestions for how to minimize obstacles in your home include:

  • Leaving your furniture where it is
  • Keeping your home clean and clutter-free
  • Teaching children to pick up their toys after they are finished playing with them

Maintain a calm environment.

Since your cat no longer has her sense of sight to determine whether or not something or someone is a threat, she may be more frightened by loud noises than she was before losing her sight. Help your cat to feel calm and safe by avoiding making loud noises and asking others to do the same. If you accidentally make a loud noise, make sure to comfort your cat by petting her and speaking softly to her. Some other suggestions for maintaining a calm environment include:

  • Getting up slowly from a chair instead of jumping up suddenly
  • Walking upstairs to speak to someone instead of yelling up to them
  • Avoiding slamming cupboards and doors

Talk to your cat.

Since your cat can no longer see you when she enters a room, you might want to develop a habit of humming or chatting to yourself to let her know where you are. Your cat may also feel safer and more relaxed if you hum and chat when you are around her. This will also help prevent startling your cat when you want to pet her. By announcing your presence, she will be less likely to be surprised by the feeling of your hand on her back.

Play with your cat.

Your cat is still normal. Even though she has gone blind, she will still want to do everything that a cat likes to do, like playing. While buying toys, look for cat toys that are made specifically for blind cats. Also, shift from sight-based games to sound-based ones, such as "follow-the-noise." Anything that crinkles, crackles, resounds or can be tapped can serve as a new source of entertainment.

  • Try buying toys that squeak like a mouse or chirp like a bird. Your cat might like to play follow the noise with those types of toys.

Take care of your cat as you always have.

Groom your cat regularly, feed your cat nutritious food, provide occasional treats, and take your cat to a vet for regular check-ups. Pay special attention to your cat's nose and ears, as these senses now make life easier for your cat.

  • Keep your cat’s food and water in the same place they have always been kept.
  • Consider adding a second litter box to make it easier for your cat to get to the bathroom in time. It may take her longer to find the box now that she is blind.[