How to Help Your Deaf Cat To Have a Fulfilled Life!
8 February, 2017
If you just adopted a deaf cat or you have an older cat that has lost his hearing, there are some adjustments that need to be made. Deaf cats can make great pets with a little more effort and understanding on your part. If you can understand how they “hear” things, it will help both of you and the cat to have a happy, fulfilled life.
Deaf cats have an acute sense of feel
Deaf cats may not be able to hear, but their sense of feel is extraordinary. They will feel vibrations from other pets walking on the floor, even toilets flushing. Sometimes you may question whether or not the kitty is truly deaf.
Deaf cats are easily startled. If you are walking up on a deaf cat, stomp your feet heavily on the floor to let her know you’re coming.
Deaf cats either won’t meow at all or will meow really loudly
Because deaf cats cannot control the volume of their voices, they usually fall into one of two categories: they rarely meow or their meows and screams are inappropriate. For example, a hearing cat would know to quietly sneak up on a bird at the window. The deaf kitty might go running and let out a loud squeal, not realizing her squeal warned the bird. Or a deaf kitty might let out a big scream that sounds like her tail is caught in the door, but you discover she’s just having fun with her toy mouse.
With other cats, you’ve likely noticed that their ears flicker when they hear noises. Your deaf cat’s ears will flicker and move as well, but these are communications to you, or other family members and pets. Over time, you may be able to understand what certain ear flickers mean.
Deaf cats tend to like to have high places to perch
All cats have a need to be high in the air, but deaf cats have more extreme needs for high places. Make sure you give your cat places where he or she can be high, like a top shelf in a closet. Your cat might turn her back on you knowing she’s getting ready to jump on something not allowed. To get her attention, stomp your foot on the floor a few times or simply pet her. She will feel it, although she may still choose to ignore you (like all cats who want their way!)
How to communicate with your deaf cat
You can still talk to your cat. Just mouth the words to reinforce what you want to communicate. Of course, your own body language and facial expressions will go a long way in telling her “yes” or “no”.
If your cat likes it, try to put your mouth against her head, tummy or back and say a few words. Try calling your cat by his or her name overemphasizing the syllables and blowing onto the top of her head or her back. She may not know what it means, but she does know it means you love her and immediately gets cuddly and purrs. Like all cats, they love to be touched and stroked.
All cats are unique and have their ‘thing’ that makes them special. Deaf cats are just as fantastic as any other cat and should be equally embraced into your home.