Specially-Abled Pets Day is coming up May 3rd. Just like people, pets can be afflicted by medical problems. Some of our feline friends are born with handicaps, while others may have them as a result of trauma. However, cats are very resilient, and often adapt very well to the loss of sight, hearing, or even limbs. Here, a Rochester, NY veterinarian discusses caring for a deaf kitty.
Get Fluffy A Friend
This one isn’t necessarily a universal recommendation. Some cats just do better as only pets. However, Fluffy may really benefit from having a buddy that can hear. Mittens may alert her to things she may not have noticed, and act as a sort of guide.
Keep Kitty In
We recommend that all cats stay inside. However, this is particularly important for kitties that can’t hear. Fluffy won’t hear you calling, and she will also miss crucial sounds, such as dogs barking, horns beeping, or brakes squealing.
Use A Laser Pointer
A laser pointer can be pretty handy for getting your furry friend’s attention. Plus, Fluffy may enjoy chasing after it, which is always fun to watch.
Use Creative Discipline
This one is (hopefully) more likely to be an issue with kittens, but it’s still worth mentioning. If you’re trying to teach Fluffy to stay off the counter or stop scratching the couch, verbally disciplining her won’t help. Try squirting her with water. You can also wave your arms.
Play With Fluffy
Deaf cats are just as playful as other furballs. In fact, kitty play sessions can be very beneficial for Fluffy. This will help your feline pal work off any nervous energy she feels. Plus, she’ll feel closer to you. Use things like feather toys, which provide a lot of visual stimulation.
Don’t Startle Your Pet
Fluffy won’t be able to hear you approaching, so you’ll need to be careful not to scare her. Try to stomp your foot before approaching her if she’s asleep. This can also be a good way to get her attention.
Just like any other feline, Fluffy will need lots of love and care. Offer her good food, fresh water, and a clean litterbox, and keep up with her veterinary appointments. That little motor will work just fine!
Do you have questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your Rochester, NY veterinary clinic, today!