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Cat blindness

Sudden Cat Blindness:

Cat’s eyes are inexplicable, captivating and simply astounding.

It is believed that their (cats) normal vision is far superior as compared to humans. Their beautiful eyes are built to have a good peripheral vision allowing the cat to effectively capture movements, hunt and kill literally in the blink of an eye. However true this may be, they are more prone to many of the conditions that affect their vision, which may sometimes lead to feline blindness.

There are different causes of cat blindness – to name a few, high blood pressure is the main cause for sudden blindness in feline.  Uveiti in these cases the eyes are very sensitive and are very painful. Trauma to the eyes, which is caused by corneal ulcers in the eyes, if left untreated could lead to blindness. Cataracts are very rare in cats but it can occur when the lens of the cat’s eye appears opaque; Glaucoma is a condition where the fluid is not able to escape from the eye.

Progressive retinal atrophy is usually a hereditary factor, however there is no cure for it and it ultimately results in loss of vision. Taurine deficiency, tumors, conjunctivitis and injuries are also some of the causes. Amongst all of these cat blindness causes Glaucoma is more prevalent in cat’s blindness.It may also be noted that untreated feline hypertension could be one of causes for sudden blindness.

Feline Blindness Symptoms:

Symptoms of Cat blindness are not very easily detected. You could notice it when your cat is going around and bumps into walls, doors, furniture, and other objects in the house.  They are more a lot more scared and afraid to go anywhere. Any sudden noise and movement can cause them to panic although it may have never bothered them in the past. They lose interest in their favorite playing toys; also they cannot trace food and water very easily. They become a lot more lethargic and clumsy. Cat’s blindness is not life threatening and the pet can continue with it’s routine activities as their nose to smell, ears to hear and the whiskers to touch in order to compensate for their loss of vision.  You can however take the cat to a vet who would help to check if it is possible to regain the cat’s vision. You could also help the cat by not moving furniture or any object that could come in the way of their normal routine activities. You could warn him of approaching any object that works as an obstacle by snapping your fingers, clapping your hands, or calling out to him.

  Submitted on March 8, 2010  

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