Caring for a blind or visually impaired cat is not easy and without the right tools, it’s nearly impossible.
Whether your cat suffers from a genetic disease or sudden SARDS, he can still enjoy life to its fullest potential.
These products for blind cats are carefully selected and should build a solid foundation for your cat’s safety and enjoyment.
You wouldn’t believe how important blind cat aids can be for daily life.
While exploring his world on a different level, he will require additional protection to be save from dangers.
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Even your own home is full of edges, corners, and hurdles. He doesn’t know where his food or water is placed or whether doors are closed or open.
The following products are all things to help your blind cat master daily tasks, making it possible to walk around safely and comfortably.
I also included something to ease the anxiety blind cats quickly feel and a couple of cool blind cat accessories.
This blind cat harness is an essential safety precaution for any visually impaired cat.
Too many cats get startled by sudden touches because the other person didn’t know the cat was blind.
The harness is clearly labeled at the front and on the sides, so other cat owners are able to safely approach or avoid your cat.
No more explaining why your cat is behaving differently and why he might snap or be reactive in general when touched by strangers.
Take this as a warning, space-invading fellas out there.
When wearing the harness you have the option to either put the leash on the back clip or at the front as a no-pull option. Additionally, it’s a great way to teach a few leash lessons.
It’s nicely padded at the front for a comfortable fit with adjustable straps around the girth. There are also a matching leash and collar with embroidered words.
You can check out all the other options and colors which warn people that your cat is not good with other cats or that he might need more space.
Physical and mental exercise for a blind cat is quite different from a normal cat. While your cat’s visual sense regresses, other senses develop even further.
The sense of olfaction in cats is outstanding as about one-third of the feline brain is devoted to smell. This section is 40 times greater than in humans.
Snuffle mats are a great way to exercise your cat’s mind by using his nose. My cat loves them and she could spend hours searching for smelly treats.
It’s also a great way to keep your cat safe and busy when you cannot supervise him for a minute.
Mental stimulation in cats is definitely a must and not an option. Many behavior problems are easily preventable with boredom busters.
Boredom can lead to destructive chewing, digging, or meowing. Anxiety can also develop out of a lack of mental stimulation.
Make sure that your cat has an opportunity to work his mind at least once a day.
Encouraging your blind cat to drink is definitely not easy.
Water bowls on the floor are prone to just being kicked over and it’s not that simple to find the liquid with no eyesight. A water fountain is a perfect solution for any cat reluctant to drink.
They are usually pretty quiet but the sound of falling water should be enough to guide your cat to the correct position.
The Veken water fountain comes with a solid base that is pretty hard to knock over. I recommend buying a non-slip mat to place under the fountain.
The water fountain can be dissembled and cleaned properly by hand or in the dishwasher.
Water is not only passed through the pumped but also filtered by carbon water filters to remove bad taste.
A cat ID tag is the best addition to your blind cat harness or collar. It goes much by the same idea to warn and inform other people about your cat’s disability.
But the tag is actually much more important because you can engrave contact information and other messages on it in the unfortunate case of your blind cat getting lost.
You can fully customize the stainless steel tag and add up to 4 lines of deep engraved text.
More on how you can protect your cat from getting lost below.
My cat is absolutely obsessed with balls and it’s a great way to exercise her.
For your blind cat to find and navigate to the ball, the toy needs to make sounds and noises that your cat is able to distinguish from his surroundings.
This interactive ball is actually talking to your cat and demanding to be chased or played with.
It’s motion-activated and equipped with many sounds and phrases. Similar to the snuffle mat, it’s a great way to keep your visually impaired cat occupied.
When the play is finished, the ball simply turns off on its own and waits for the next session.
The different sounds will always keep it interesting and exciting to fight against boredom and anxiety.
Not being able to see what is in front and around it is the scariest thing I can imagine. Losing eyesight can severely change a cat.
Some become extremely anxious or depressed others develop aggression because they don’t know how to deal with this new situation.
Anxiety in blind cats can be triggered by loud noises, like thunder and fireworks, or being separated from the family.
To help your cat in these stressful situations, an anxiety jacket might be a great choice.
Thunder shirts work by applying constant gentle pressure onto your cat’s body which helps them to relax and stay calm without using any medication.
I would definitely give this a shot before thinking about drug therapy.
The worst-case happened to you – your cat ran away. Maybe he was startled, chased something or whatnot and now he’s gone and calling his name won’t cut it this time.
For these cases, it comes in extremely handy if your cat wears a tracking collar.
No fancy unnecessary add-ons but rather a completely functional tracking collar. Just connect your phone with it and you’ll see the entire tracking history. It’s waterproof, reliable, and robust.
This supplement isn’t promoting getting your cat’s eyesight back if she is blind, unfortunately.
But this eye supplement contains different antioxidants to promote healthy vision in cats. It’s good for two categories:
- Possibly effective for cats that have recently lost the quality of their vision due to illness.
- Older cats who have decreasing levels of antioxidants, making them prone to limited eyesight.
Ask your vet if this product would be a great addition to supplement your cat’s medication.