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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-09-2009, 02:35 AM Thread Starter
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Cats for the blind

Im sorry, but this struck me funny. I had to post it.
Maybe Ive been dealing with blind kitties too much lately.
Cant get away from the subject!



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Very funny!

When I first saw the subject of your thread, my first thought was, holy crap, my cats ARE what I trip over, and I can see!

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I knew (VERY casually) a visually impaired couple who had cats. I gather they belled them all to make them easier to locate. I don't know how blind people avoid stepping on their cats... if I had to make a guess, I'd imagine the cats eventually learn not to nap in the middle of the hallway!

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hahaha, love it!
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LOL


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I don't know how blind people avoid stepping on their cats... if I had to make a guess, I'd imagine the cats eventually learn not to nap in the middle of the hallway!
They must walk around like I do at night with no lights on...a slow, forward foot shuffle where the foot either doesn't, or only barely, leaves the surface of the carpet/floor. The foot is moved slowly forward to feel for obstacles (kitties) with the toes.

I must admit...my first thought was just like Marie's... and how mine love to run in front of my path and flop down for belly rubs.



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That is hilarious! Thanks for sharing!


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Very funny!

My cousin is blind, has two cats - must do the shuffle like Heidi does because the cats are still alive and he doesn't have any bruises from falling.

My mother wanted a cat but my father was blind, used a walker and fell a lot. We told her it really wasn't a good idea. And they had a stairglider - knowing how the cat might chase it, it REALLY wasn't a good idea.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-09-2009, 03:52 PM
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Re: Cats for the blind

Actually, I Googled this out of curiosity after I posted. Mostly I got sites for care of blind cats, but I did find one blog that addresses this issue. According to the blogger, the cat learned very quickly that the blogger can't see, and that thus the cat needs to be the one who gets out of the way.

I suspect that the reason our kitties get underfoot is that they know we can and do avoid stepping on them... most of the time!

Now if only there's some way my mom could get that to work for her... she's been using a scooter around the house sometimes since she broke her foot last month, and apparently Maverick thinks laying down in the path of the scooter is a fine and dandy thing to do.
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Re: Cats for the blind

Heres a link to a seeing eye cat.
Could be a little different than what you had in mind, though...
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