Cats are love of our lives and most of us just adore their presence. But, when we find that our cat is deaf, it is the most difficult situation to tackle. Though, they lack hearing capability, their vision is quite tact and this helps them to stay alert and well informed. Moreover, their vision is too inclined towards movement and to our surprise, even the slightest movement, your cat can detect.
Your cat can easily pick up a cat kiss, a small smile, a single finger gesture, all across from the room. This shows hearing loss does not make her totally depended on others. For humans, we have an added benefit of sign language but for our feline friends, it is really a complicated thing.
Sign Language & Gestures Can Help Your Deaf Cat
Though it’s quite tough for cats to learn sign language but you can take special care of your deaf cat.
- Do not tap a deaf cat if you are looking to get their attention while they are sleeping. This may startle them or aggravate them or may be nervous and less confident. Instead of that, you can walk near them and tap the floor – feeling those vibrations and gently start waking up.
- If your kitty’s awake, then any of you can turn lights off and on or try waving to get her attention.
- Always keep your deaf cat indoors. If want to keep them outdoors, keep them in supervised outdoor area. They can’t hear any noises – whether it is about animal noise or vehicle noise. It is really very dangerous if they are out on their own. Sometimes, on the road, it can be even fatal. It’s irresponsible to just leave them on their own when they can’t hear anything around them in this world.
- Adding a new furry member – a dog or a cat is not a great idea since deaf cat can feel threatened.
- Consider adding a bell to their neck, so that you can always locate them.
Have you ever come across such situation where you need to communicate with a deaf cat? or how well have you trained your cat to listen through your sign gestures? To help other cat owners, we are eager to learn more from you.