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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-07-2008, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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Advice on living with a deaf cat needed.

Hello Everyone!

We just adopted a great little cat named Lily, who happens to be deaf. I am hoping there are a few owners of deaf cats on here that I could get some advice from. So far her transition from living at the cat rescue to living with us is going very well I think. She is bonding with all of us (husband, daughters ages 11 and 14, myself and the dog). She is very affectionate, with lots of kneading and purring.

We have learned to tap on whatever she is laying on to get her attention so we don't startle her. We will catch her eye before leaving a room so that she knows we are leaving... this has stopped her losing us during the day. In the middle of the night that is a different thing. She sleeps with us, but will get up in the middle of the night to wander and then ends up standing in the hallway crying for us. She does stop when we go find her and act happy to see us again. Is this normal? Something that will go away with her learning the layout of the house? Am I doing something wrong?

Any advice on living with a deaf cat is more than welcome.

Thank you.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-07-2008, 04:19 PM
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Re: Advice on living with a deaf cat needed.

What a pretty cat.

I don't have any experiance in this area, but I am sure someone in this forum will be able to help.

However, my cat used to do the same thing when we first got her. And she is only deaf when it suits her. Of course we only had to call to her and she would calm down. I think as your cat gets more familiar with her new home and becomes more secure, you will see less of it.

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Re: Advice on living with a deaf cat needed.

She is so pretty! Those eyes!
I don't have any deaf cat experience to speak of, but it sounds like you're going in the right direction, building her rust and confidence.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-07-2008, 06:31 PM
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Re: Advice on living with a deaf cat needed.

Better than belling Lily, would be something like the Loc8tor, a GPS system for valuables - and Lily would certainly qualify. I don't know how big the tags are or how big Lily is.....

She is gorgeous. Congratulations.

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Re: Advice on living with a deaf cat needed.

I have a deaf cat! Tea my little gray tabby.

Just keep bonding with her and she'll get comfortable with the house and family She is lovely!

You can't even tell my Tea is deaf except when she's on my aquarium and I'm yelling "Noooooo! Drop the fish!!!! Noooo not on the floor!!!"

She does take cues from the other cats, for instance If they are all swarming to the kitchen that means food is coming and she should swarm too. If the others are all swarming at me, it mean i have something yummy and that it must be taken at all costs.

Let me know if you have any questions or something specific you're curious about
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