Caring for a Deaf Cat

Caring for a Deaf Cat

How you can help a deaf cat

There are plenty of things you can do to adapt your home and routine to make life easier for your deaf cat. Here are some of our top tips:

Outdoor safety
Keep your cat indoors or provide them with a safe outdoor enclosure as they will not be able to hear dangers, such as cars or other animals approaching.

Get them chipped
Make sure they are microchipped in case they manage to escape and become lost, and can't hear you calling them home.

Provide activities
As your deaf cat will be spending a lot of time indoors, make sure they have plenty of interactive toys, climbing trees, puzzle feeders etc, to keep them occupied and provide exercise. See 'Keeping your cat entertained indoors'.

Plenty of fuss
Make time every day to fuss, brush, and play with your deaf cat. Your touch and interaction will reassure him and strengthen your bond.

Approach gently
Try not to startle your cat when you approach them. Vibration is a good way to get their attention, so tapping on the floor or walking with heavy footsteps will make the cat aware of you. Approach from the front or side where possible.

Waking your cat
If you need to wake a deaf cat, gently pat the ground or the surface they are laying on, rather than touching them.

Visual signals
You can train your cat to recognise and respond to hand signals, or a flashing light. These visual signals need to be consistent to avoid confusion.

Use a laser pointer
Shining a laser pointer on the floor in front of your cat is a great way to get their attention, especially if you would like them to follow it.

Keep a routine
Stick to a routine when it comes to mealtimes so your cat gets used to when and where their dinner will be. Remember they won’t hear the sound of the tin or packet opening.

With a little understanding, and a few simple adjustments to your environment and communication methods, you can help your deaf cat to live a happy and fulfilled life.

Sep 30 2022
by Claire