Like us, cats can be born or become deaf. If you notice that your cat never comes when you call him or does not react when you drop something noisy next to him, it may be that he has a hearing problem. Rest assured, it will not stop him from being happy.
Causes of deafness in cats
A cat usually becomes deaf because of old age. From the age of 7, the body of our little cats begins to age. They can lose sight, hearing, smell, have osteoarthritis … But deafness can also occur as a result of an accident, a disease or an infection (type otitis) that has not been properly treated. A cat can also be a victim of temporary deafness because of fungi, parasites or the presence of a foreign body in the ear. Finally, there are cats that are born deaf. This genetic handicap is particularly observed in white cats with blue eyes or minnows. A white cat in two would be deaf. Indeed, all white cats are predisposed to being deaf. But if the incriminated gene did not declare the first month of the birth of the kitten, there is little risk that it will be declared thereafter.
The symptoms of deafness in cats
A deaf cat, totally or partially, is difficult to identify because he uses his other senses to adapt to his environment. But it can still present several easily observable symptoms:
- He meows loudly and lives loudly.
- It does not react to sounds in general until you touch it.
- He often jumps.
- He has balance problems, especially when he moves.
- He sleeps deeply and only wakes up when you touch him.
- He is fearful, even aggressive.
- He may be subject to vomiting or hold his head leaning to one side.
How do I know if my cat is deaf?
To be sure of your cat’s good hearing, stand behind him without seeing him, and without making any movement (so that he does not feel any vibration, which would distort the test), call or whistle it. If he turns his head or ears towards you, he hears you. But if this is not the case, a visit to the vet is essential …
IF you noticed that your cat was deaf, be careful not to let him out on the street. He may not hear the noise of the cars or notice the presence of nearby predators, which could be very dangerous for him.
Some tips for communicating with a deaf cat
- Do not surprise him. Always stay in his field of vision if you want to communicate with him by touching him for example.
- Do not stop talking to him.
- A cat, even if it is deaf, identifies with the mimicry of our face to interact with us.
- Speak in sign language. For example, use a torch that you turn on to indicate that you are proud of your behavior (to associate with a treat).
- To signify negative behavior, always make the same gesture (a finger in the air for example).
- Hang a small bell on his necklace to always know where he is. You can also note on his collar that he is deaf, in case he gets lost.