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Special considerations for a blind cat?

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So one of the cats we adopted isn't working out and he is going to go back to the shelter. We are going to get a different cat to replace him though. My wife is really interested in one cat, but he is blind. I really do not want to deal with the extra care needs of a blind cat, because I know there are some but I just don't know what they are. Can anyone point me to some information that would be helpful in making this decision?

What kind of special considerations need to be made? Is there anything different about their behavior? Are they more prone to any health issues?

post #2 of 5
From what I've heard, there really isn't a whole lot that needs to be done differently. Keep them inside, and try not to move things around to much, especially the litterbox and the food and water bowls.

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info...she went and saw him and he was actually a very large cat...we wanted something smaller.
post #4 of 5
Well, if you're still interested in him....I've got a blind cat. They aren't any more work than a "normal" cat. Actually....they are incredibly difficult to place because people see them as more "troublesome". I don't move furniture much....or at all really. That's about it. Talk about hard to care for, huh?
post #5 of 5
I've had a blind cat, too, and their care really isn't much different. As the others said, you need to be consistant---don't move things around. I found myself talking to Ms. Willie a lot more, just to let her know where I was. She managed to find my lap with no problems what-so-ever. She had no health issues crop up at all (she lived to be 21). And, of course, she was an indoor only cat.
The only problem we did have was with one of our other cats deciding that Willie was fair game. (the other cat was something of a scaredy-cat himself, and I guess he thought he'd finally found a cat he could bully) When Willie would go to the litter box, Mickey would jump on her. Obviously, that scared the poor ole girl. After a while, she decided the litter box was not always a safe place to be. That required a bit of extra cleaning up after her, but nothing serious.
Don't let a cat's blindness keep you from adopting him/her.
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