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Blind kitties require special care and attention.
Some cats are born blind and some lose their eyesight over time or wake up one day blind.
In most cases, blindness is caused by an underlying health issue.
If you notice that your cat is having trouble seeing, you should schedule an appointment with your vet.
How to Tell if a Cat is Blind
Try waving your hand in front of the cat–a cat with its eyesight will follow your hand as you move it from side to side.
Study the cat’s eyes–blind cats may have cloudy eyes or dilated pupils even in a well-lit room.
Watch as the cat walks–blind cats will walk more cautiously, in tune with their surroundings. Blind cats rely on their hearing, smell, and touch.
Blind cats may refuse to run, jump, or climb.
How to Care for a Blind Cat
Blind cats can adapt to life without their eyesight, but there are a few things that you need to do to ensure your cat's safety:
- Move furniture or their water/food bowl or litter box
- Let your cat outside
- Scare or startle your cat
- Leave your cat unattended for an extended period of time
- Talk to your cat as you approach her to avoid startling her
- Give your cat extra love and attention
- Block off areas that are unsafe for your cat
You can purchase a Blind Halo for small dogs for your cat to help her from running into things.
What Causes Blindness in Cats?
Blindness has many causes so it can be hard to pinpoint your cat’s underlying problem.
If you think that your cat is blind, the first thing you should do is bring him/her to your vet.
Here’s a list of possible causes:
- Injury in the eye.
- Head trauma.
- Inflammation or bleeding in the eye (sometimes caused by diseases such as leukemia, immunodeficiency, or infectious peritonitis.
- Tumor in or near the eye.
- Retinal detachment.
- Optic nerve disease.
- Anesthetic complications (very rare).
- Infection in the eye.
Vision loss isn’t always permanent so don’t give up hope!
Most cats can learn to live without their eyesight, and some may have more trouble adapting.
“Blindness in Cats,” PDSA,
“Blindness,” International Cat Care, 26 July 2018,
https://icatcare.org/advice/blindness/#:~:text=Other viral infections, such as,can also result in blindness.
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