Just thought I'd post a picture of my baby. This was him before all this happened.
To those of you that have blind cats, specifically ones that experienced the onset of blindness in adulthood: did you notice weird behaviors? Calyx is seeking dark places (behind the fridge, underneath chairs/stairs, etc) And he's acting weird. I came home yesterday to find him comfortably resting in his covered kitty litter - like it was a pillow or something.
So when did your cats get back to semi-normal? Or maybe it wasn't so acute, so it was a slower adjustment time.
Awww, what a sweetie he is!
I wonder if his hiding is more about the fact that the spaces are small rather than that they're dark? He may feel insecure with large spaces to navigate, whereas if he's under something or behind something, he's in a fairly enclosed area.
Margaux didn't exhibit any behaviors like that, but hers was a gradual decline. Because Calyx's eyesight, while it may have been deteriorating slowly, really diminished suddenly and he doesn't understand what's happened, he may just be trying to comfort himself. How does he react when you go to him when he's hiding?
The one time Margaux acted strangely was when the vet gave her Valium to calm her down when they were trying to get her blood pressure and she was screaming bloody murder. Apparently, in rare cases, Valium has the opposite effect. Margaux got completely agitated and her pupils were completely dilated. She walked around the apartment yowling all night, like she was completely unfamiliar with it, even though we'd lived there for about 4 years at that time. She was already almost completely blind, so I don't know if the Valium took away what tiny bit of vision she had, or whether it just made her hyper and anxious. I knew she was completely disoriented and unhappy though.
As I mentioned, the only difference in behavior is that she's become more needy. I am still surprised by how much attention she wants from me. Surprised, but happy.
So I don't know how long it will take for Calyx to adjust. I think all you can do is give him lots of love and, other than doing things like blocking off the stairs, try to keep your regular routine. Wave wand toys by his paws, or roll ball toys that make noise, in a smallish, clear space. Maybe this will build his confidence that he can still do things that he used to do. Margaux always seems happier when I try to play with her (she's never been very big into play; and toy mice are apparently beneath her dignity).