I think cats can navigate pretty well using 'whisker senses'. That is, they
detect tiny air movements with their whiskers and can avoid a lot of
obstacles that way (like a blind person with a cane.) A cat also knows if
it can fit through a hole by seeing if the whiskers will fit. You probably
should keep her food/water bowls and litter box in the same place just to be
sure she doesn't get confused.
As mentioned before, your kitty probably won't be jumping a lot though
(any?) - since she can't see where the jump is taking her.
Cats do have an excellent sense of smell. Much better than humans, almost
as good as a dogs. No doubt your kitty is concentrating even harder on
Bless you for taking in this cat. You are so good for doing shelter work -
as a cat lover I so appreciate the hard work your doing!!!
"Bianca L via CatKB.com" <[email protected]
> wrote in message
> Thanks to all who replied!
> I haven't talked to anyone who also has a blind cat. I normally go to a
> that serves only cats for my other furry friends and when I took Stevie no
> vet had seen anything like her. I guess because she was born with such a
> strange birth deffect.
> I am glad I adopted her too. I work at a shelter and (no pun intended )
> immediately caught my eye. I worried for her, so I opted to fostering her.
> Then I couldn't let her go in the end.
> She get's around perfectly and has no problem with bumping into stuff.
> Well I
> saw her crash into the bathtub once. Just the other day she figured out
> to get on the kitchen counter. I still have no idea how she did it.
> My other cat Frito is in love with her, and I believe takes care of her.
> meows sometime when she can't hear anyone then my other cat will come
> to her. She is fine after that. I do have that turbo scratcher. She
> play with that, she seems to like the toy mice and a feather duster which
> seem to be her favorite things to carrry around the house. I do have a
> scratching post/tower that her and Frito play on.
> One thing about Stevie that I love is she has the sweetest diposition even
> for being 4 months old. She has mellowed out my cat Frito. Frito was
> aggresive sometimes, and Stevie has changed all that.
> I did want to ask you does your blind cat have a strange appetite for
> Stevie eats just about anything. Also, she can smell you eating in another
> room and she runs for it. She doesn't have any manners about getting on
> plate while you are eating. I don't know if I am being easy on her, plus
> doesn't take no for an answer. ( I can't believe I am about ready to tell
> another soul this ) One time I started growling/hissing like a cat at her
> when she approached my food. This has been the only thing that keeps her
> bay while I am eating. Does your cat do the same?
> Also I wanted to ask about taking your cat to the vet to get shots. When
> Stevie got spayed I had them microchip, vaccinate and test for FELV/FIV
> she was under. I don't want her to go through any stress. Next week she
> be getting her rabies and I worry about freaking her out. Does your cat do
> okay with shots the same as a normal cat would? I just don't want to
> traumatize her. I know it's seem a bit paranoid, but I love her
> MaryL wrote:
>>>I have adopted a new kitten, Stevie. She is amazing. She came into the
>>> shelter with two other littermates. Steve was born with no eyeballs.
>>I am so glad you adopted Stevie. My Duffy is also blind, and he is
>>wonderful. I would like to make a couple of recommendations, based on
>>Duffy likes. First, I suggest that you get a good quality cat tree. Duffy
>>absolutely loves to climb, and that is one of his favorite possessions
>>it clearly *is* Duffy's "personal property"). Be sure to get a cat tree
>>with carpeted poles because your cat will need to climb up and down the
>>poles. He won't be able to see to leap from one bed to another, as
>>cats do. Also, get a tree with raised sides around the beds. That will
>>help to orient him and avoid a fall, possibly when he wakes up from a nap.
>>Second, Duffy loves the Turbo Scratcher. The ball is in a fixed track, so
>>he always knows where it is -- and it makes a rumbling sound when he is
>>playing with it, and that also helps him track the movement. Turbo
>>Scratchers are readily available in pet supply stores, and often in
>>Here is a picture:
>>Again, thanks for adopting!
>>Photos of Duffy and Holly: >'o'<
>>Duffy and Holly together: http://tinyurl.com/8b47e
>>Recent pics: http://tinyurl.com/clal7
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