Adopting a Blind Cat Into a Home With a Dog

Is it kind to adopt a blind cat when you have a Cocker Spaniel in the house? Jakes is used to cats and has never been a problem except that he gets his nose smacked now and then. I am between cats, but have found a blind cat that I really like. Also, are there apt to be litterbox problems?

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By Lillian from Portland, ME

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Lillian, all you can do is try and then keep an eye on how both the dog and cat interact for a few days. Keep them separated when you're not home until you feel secure to leave them home alone together. They may very well have little spats until they get used to one another and trust one another but you'll know within a few short days whether they can become buddies or at least tolerate one another.

As far as the litter box is concerned; just always keep the box in the same spot and introduce the cat immediately to it by gently placing the cat in the box and then gently running it's front paws through the litter.

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Leave kitty in that room until it has gone poddy once and allow it to roam on it's own away from the box afterwards. Don't change the litter for a couple of days (so the odor will have seeped in to the box itself) and after that the kitty will find the box by smell. I reiterate to not move the box to a different location!

If you do adopt a blind cat please do not let it outside because it will not be able to fend for itself against predators including other cats and dogs!

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