My kitten is 3 months old and it went blind a month ago. I love animals, especially my cats. There is no way I will have my blind baby put down I just need some tips on how to care for her. I do not have a lot of money, but I do want to give my blind baby all the love I can.
Maureen from Ogden, UT
I have a cat who went blind at 3 weeks old and he's now 12. And such a happy little guy! Do not put your blind kitten down. Caring for a blind cat isn't much more difficult or any more expensive than caring for a sighted one. There's not much you need to do, really, but here are a few common-sense tips:
Honestly, I hardly even remember anymore that my little guy is blind, he gets around so well! Yours will too and he'll astound you every day with all the things he can do, even though he's blind. Good luck!
Gwen said it all. I have a blind dog and cat we adopted from the shelter here in Turkey. They are both happy and healthy. Don't change the layout of your house; she will quickly learn where everything is. Talk to her constantly. I would probably be committed if anyone heard my rambling monologues! Check out blinddogs.com for some excellent insight into the world of blind pets. As they say, "Blind cats see with their hearts."
Sharon in Turkey (07/09/2008)
We adopted a one year old totally blind cat from the Duxbury, MA animal shelter on July 14. We have four other cats, two males and two females. They all get along fine. Here's some advice from us based upon our week of experience with Stevie (and we'll never give him up):
We really love our blind cat. He's been no problem at all to us. He found the food, water, and litter box and there have been NO problems with him what-so-ever. He even walks up and down our stairs.
By Marc F
Hey, Leeann, etc, if you can't care for the stray, abandoned, or mistreated cats yourself, phone your local No-kill animal shelter. I am a foster parent for one in my city, and we keep the animals in good and loving homes, until we find permanent homes for them. I have had kittens here for as little as 3 weeks, and older cats here for a lot longer. I have one cat here who has been with me for 8 years. He has lots of health problems, but has a good life with us, and I would miss him dearly if he found another home. As for the blind cats, check out CatAge.com, lots of good advice there, and about the 3 year old, I totally agree with the person who said he is worried about that child. I run a day care and this is not acceptable behavior. This child should never be left without adult supervision around these small defenceless animals! (07/10/2008)
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I recently wrote a guide to caring for blind cats which is available on www.catprofessional.com I am a veterinary ophthalmologist. I hope that it would help some people to get some useful insight into the special needs of a blind cat and how they can lead a wonderful and fulfilling life.
We have a house full of animals, 2 ratties in my library/office, along with a fish that ended up not going to college with my daughter. We also just got a puppy (hoping he stays as sweet as he is) 2 weeks ago and have 13 indoor cats. I know this sounds a bit much, but we live in the country and most of the cats are indoor-outdoor, whenever they can con one of us into being a doorman.
One of our cats had a small surprise litter-outside. She is plump and we had no idea she was pregnant! The male is healthy and silly and the female developed herpes on her eyes, which resulted in terrible ulceration and infection. She responded to antibiotics and the infection cleared only to reveal that her eyes had already atrophied. Needless to say, she is and indoor kitty and is loved by all.
The other cats clean her and she seems to have some sort of inner sense of where things are, even over the holidays and even when things are moved. When something is changed, we carefully put her there, show her how to get up and down and monitor how she deals with the "new thing". Believe it or not, with the exception of a little puppy rough-housing, which she actually seems to like, this cat is totally comfortable in the house. It is almost like she has sonar whiskers.
Except for never letting her out, she has friends, toys (which she finds by some unknown means) and our love. When a toy went under the refrigerator while she was playing with it, she sat and "stared" at the spot until another cat came over and actually got it out and pushed it toward her. Never underestimate the power of cats' inner sense or communication with other cats. This little girl is growing and strong and will be our pet for a long time. (01/15/2009)
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My blind kitten tiny is so sweet. He gets into the bath tub and finally figured how to get out, instead of me lifting him out. I let him try to get out on his own and he did it just fine. He is so funny to watch. I am amazed how well he has adapted to his surroundings. He buzzes around all day long.
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