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Cats Gone Blind (any vets on here?)

James... Avatar
7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
Didnt come in last night or this morning & we found it before in the middle of our lane, its deaf already & about 19 years old but its eyes were glased over, pupils really dilated & didnt recognise movement.

Brought him in and he keeps walking into things. Seems healthy enough, drank a bowl of milk.

Going to the vets at 9am as they were wanting £160 plus fees to see him out of hours.

Just wondering if this might have to be the end bearing in mind his age and his blindness & deafness.

Can cats still live OK like this? Parents/vets will make the ultimate decision tomorrow I suppose.

Older than me bless him, thought he would have gone a long time ago.

Cheers
James
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7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
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#1
poor puss

i suppose it depends on how stressed he is

you don't have to make a decision when you see the vet, you can always see how he gets on for a few days
#2
After 19 years I would pay anything on him...My guess is cataracts or shock..I am not a Vet but if he is still eating and happy you may have a blind loving cat for a couple more years....My cat died at 19 but he was all over the place very sad ...Good Luck
#3
Yeah he has done well, had asthma all his life, sneezes & snots quite a lot & has had catarax problems in the past, looking fine at the moment & best he has done for a while (well lately anyway) just happily lying on the sofa at the moment.
#4
James...
Yeah he has done well, had asthma all his life, sneezes & snots quite a lot & has had catarax problems in the past, looking fine at the moment & best he has done for a while (well lately anyway) just happily lying on the sofa at the moment.


he has done well - considering

if he has gone blind it will make little difference as he knows the layout of your house

one of ours went blind - didnt realise until we took her to vets - unrelated -

have got our wafer - ginger tom - 22yrs old - deaf as a post - bowed legs - skinny and suffering alzeimers - as you say - we would pay anything

vets can give them steroid injections every few months - makes them feel like kittens for a few weeks!!
#5
I used to own a pet shop and used to get asked questions like this all the time. Other than being sorry to hear your news, there's only the trip to the vets tomorrow that will shed any light on this. A cat of 19 would probably not make it through any eye operation, that's even if the vet offered to do it. Also with the deafness, that's a big matter to think of too.

I wish you good luck tomorrow.
#6
Domestic cats and dogs can live very happily blind, deaf, 3 legged, 2 legged, etc. It most definitly sounds like prolonged Cataracts to me, but you have got to bear in mind that blindness is a possibility at this stage in life. The vet will tell you what the cats quality of life is, and then you compromise on a decision based on his facts and also yours. (afterall nobody knows your animal as well as you) All the best for tomorrow and i hope all works out for the best.
#7
I really feel for you :-(

I had a West Highland Terrier and I absolutely adored him, he'd been with me since I was 16. However, when he was about 13, he went blind, which wasn't too much of a problem as he still pottered about the place and seemed to know where he was going, but then about 6 months after that, I discovered he'd gone deaf as well. He had no quality of life at that point and just used to sit in the same spot all the time. I had to make the heart breaking decision to get him put to sleep because that's what I thought was best for him, as it must be pretty terrifying not being able to see or hear anything at all.

I hope your vet gives you some positive news tomorrow, but only you will really know whether your cat will happily adapt to being an indoor cat with these problems, so don't be pushed into making any decisions straight away
#8
James, let us know how you get on tomorrow.

good luck x
#9
I hate to say it but sounds to me like your Kitty is in very poor health.

Good luck though.
#10
Hi my cat had one really dilated pupil once and the other was normal, it turned out to be her blood pressure causing the pupil to dilate. They discovered she had hyperthyroidism I thought that was the end for her but and with treatment she lived another good couple of happy years. I am not suggesting that is what is wrong with your cat but it just shows that vets can sometimes work wonders good luck.
banned#11
Good luck, its good to see people here who respect animals,

our two cats give us much entertainment and they repay you if you show kindness (oh and food)
#12
Thanks alot for the replies, he has been fine on the sofa with me all night & he knows where he is going but cant find his way properly.

I put him outside next to the catflap & he went straight down the path to a gate he normally crawls under into the veg patch for the toilet, but he couldnt find his way under it, I put him over & he went straight onto the mud & went to the toilet, went back to the gate but again couldnt get under, but when I put him over he went back towards his catflap.

So he has still got his mind but just cant see or here.

Hopefully the vets go OK, parents might be cautious, his brother had to have a £300 operation the other year & the next day was back in to be put to sleep & this cat has cost loads in Vet bills already. And he is not far off 20 so will just have to see what happens.

James
#13
Thinking back, one of his eyes went like this about a month or 2 back & cleared up within the week so may be something similar but with both eyes this time....
#14
what was it watching, bgt or the apprentice ?
#15
BGT - seemed to enjoy it :thumbsup:
#16
He came back this morning but his vision has got worse again, he has detatched retinas & the vet said he was blind in one eye & partially sighted in the other :(

Just walked into a few things again so will see how he is over the next few days, vet only gave him a week of medicine rather than a month which he normally gets as they cannot refund if at all, hopefully he is OK but if not he seems to be enjoying lounging around in the sun today :(
#17
James...
He came back this morning but his vision has got worse again, he has detatched retinas & the vet said he was blind in one eye & partially sighted in the other :(

Just walked into a few things again so will see how he is over the next few days, vet only gave him a week of medicine rather than a month which he normally gets as they cannot refund if at all, hopefully he is OK but if not he seems to be enjoying lounging around in the sun today :(


See how he gets on. I personally wouldn't let him stray out of the garden any more if at all possible because he's unable to hear vehicles coming towards him, and now more than likely won't be able to see them either, so I don't think he'd last too long near any roads, poor thing. Like the vet said, see how he gets on and if you can tell your cat is miserable, then take things from there, but if it seems happy enough and stays in the house/garden, then I wouldn't see any reason why he can't carry on that bit longer :thumbsup:
#18
He is still bumping into the odd thing but managed to find his toilet area fine again & he knows where his food is (if the dog hasnt got it first) found the edge of the pond for a drink easily without falling in so he is fine at the moment.

He never strays far, we are 50m from the main road but our lane is very quiet & he has a morning routine of going to our two neighbours for breakfast each day which he tried to do after getting back from the vets but we kept him in for a while first.

Will just have to see how he goes but despite being blind & deaf he is going OK at the moment :thumbsup:
#19
My old cat went blind before the end. The blindness may not have been total but it was at least cataracts if not more. She coped with the loss of vision as long as she was in an area she knew. She also used to make her own way outside through the catflap. Her decision to go out. She did however end her time outside in a neighbours garden. I think that again was what she wanted as she could have got back through a gap in the fence if she wanted to. Just make the best of the time you have with your cat. If there are not too many other issues he may go on a while if you can cope with his needs. As has been said dont let him venture into an area with traffic for everyones sake.
#20
As has been mentioned earlier cats and dogs cope surprisingly well with disabilities, a friend of mine took over a blind and deaf dog that had belonged to his Mum but nothing seemed to stop this dog - she seemed to still enjoy going out for walks and being around the house and lived this way for a few years. Some time later they looked after a friend's dog over six months who also was blind and deaf, similarly he still seemed happy going out his walks and all his usual activities. There was some adjustment time and you always had to make sure not to leave things in places where they might bang into as well as stepping out he way when you stopped and they were behind you but on the whole they had good lives for years after losing their sight/hearing and didn't appear to be suffering.

John

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