Deaf Cats

Animals with deafness need some special considerations in order to lead happy lives as do deaf people. For example, deaf education allows a student to learn how to communicate with others and gain knowledge about deaf culture. In addition, a person with deafness will often seek out others in the deaf community in order to share experiences and stay connected with deaf culture. These things help deaf people make the most of their lives despite the challenges. Of course, deaf animals need different types of considerations. The following looks specifically at deaf cats and how owners can help them lead safe, contented lives.

When the owner of a hearing cat wants it to eat its dinner, he or she simply calls the cat’s name and the cat comes running. The owner of a cat with deafness has to establish different ways of handling these sorts of daily scenarios. If an owner wants to give a deaf cat its dinner, then he or she needs to locate the cat in the house. If the cat is asleep, the owner should walk over to the cat and lightly tap the ground. The cat will feel the vibrations and awaken in a calm way. Owners of deaf cats shouldn’t touch them when they’re sleeping. This will startle the cat and may cause it to develop a nervous temperament. If a cat is sitting in a window or just looking around the room, an owner can simply wave at the cat to get its attention. Another way to get a deaf cat’s attention is to flip the lights of a room on and off. Before an owner does something to get a deaf cat’s attention, he or she must consider whether the action will frighten the pet.

Some cats with hearing can wander through a quiet neighborhood at all hours and never be in any danger. Alternatively, allowing a cat with deafness to wander outside alone is a risky endeavor. Instead, an owner can go outside with the cat in an enclosed area. Of course, it’s important to make sure the cat doesn’t run away. It’s also vital that a deaf cat not be allowed to walk near a road or even a driveway. The owner of a deaf cat has the great responsibility of thinking ahead to keep the cat out of danger.

A person who owns a deaf cat must consider the presence of other animals. For instance, adding a dog to a household with a deaf cat can be a bad idea. A deaf cat may feel very threatened by a dog in its territory. Neighborhood dogs and cats are another concern. They can be a threat to a deaf cat if the cat were ever to escape. An owner caring for a deaf community of cats who wants to add another one to the household would likely be placing the cat into a welcoming situation.

Finally, a person who’d like to own a deaf cat should consult other owners in order to receive a sort of deaf education that relates to cats and their needs. Part of the deaf education would include hand signals that can be taught to a deaf cat in order to give it a command. The owner of a deaf cat could also teach the person a little about deaf culture as it relates to cats. In addition, there are deaf community blogs for people who own deaf cats. The members offer advice and share experiences with one another. Owners of deaf cats will discover that they have to make practical adjustments for their deaf felines just as deaf people have to make adjustments in their daily lives. Owning a deaf cat can be both challenging and very rewarding.  

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