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Hi,

Does anyone else have a deaf cat? Frosty is all white with blue eyes--you know the story--and deaf. He looks like a Turkish Angora but I´ll never know as he was found on the street as a tiny kitten. He´s a year and a half now and doing just fine. He loves his new house and gets along well with his two adopted sisters--well, at least HE thinks that he gets along with him. Sometimes they think differently. Lately I´ve been experimenting with letting him explore a bit around the outside of the house. We live on a pedestrian street so cars are seldom seen. He does like to visit the neighbor´s patios and rooftops but so far without too many complaints. The obvious problem is that I can´t call him to come back once he´s out of sight. He´s a pretty good cat and extremely good natured so when he spies me then he usually comes back right away. He has been spayed, by the way, so no problems there.

Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated. I´m considering letting him a little more room to explore...maybe around the street in front of the house where cars do pass from time to time but once again, very seldom. Still, he wouldn´t hear them, of course. What I don´t know is how far he will go. The four streets surrounding the house are narrow, one lane pedestrian streets but I live next to a market place and there are delivery trucks that come and go. Two streets down there is a busy street with lots of car traffic and a parking lot which will open soon. There will be lots of people of course but he gets scared when he sees strangers and usually comes running back inside.

Thanks for any advice.
 

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thanks chinkchink for your quick response. Yeah, I think you´re right. If I only knew that he wouldn´t go too far...but there´s no knowing and there is pretty much traffic a few streets down. Luckily, I have a huge back patio and he can soak up the sun out there. He still likes to roam to the neighbor´s... :)
 

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Hearing for cats is like smell for dogs. It's important to them. Your cat would never hear a car driving up behind him or another animal coming towards him. I suggest keeping your cat indoors. If your kitty really does enjoy going out, put a harness on him and tie him outside, keeping an eye on him of course. I once fostered a gorgeous all white deaf cat. He was very sweet but spooked easily because he never knew when someone was coming up behind him. The safest thing for special kitties like yours and the one I fostered is to stay indoors.
 

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I agree with everyone too. Keep him inside! If you would like to take him on a new adventure outside start training him to go on a leash with a lead. You will need to buy a harness that goes around his neck and belly or upper chest rather(behind his arms) and you'll need a leash. Start by putting the harness on him and give him treats and praise him (by petting him since he's deaf). Let him roam around the house with the harness on for 1/2 hour then slowly increase the time he has it on. Once you see he is comfortable running around in it and playing then add the leash to it and let him walk around the in the house with it dragging behind him. This will allow him to get use to the feel of it pulling on him. Again when you feel he is comfortable then take him for a walk. He may not walk at first but rather he will just lay there crouched down but give him treats and keep praising him and have patients. Eventually he will get the idea and you could enjoy walking him and allowinghim to explore safely.
 

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I do like the idea of taking him out on a leash. I bought all of the proper equipment and did try it but without much success. In fact, it seemed to make him a bit depressed. Maybe I just went about it the wrong way and should give it another try. I probably just gave up too easily. He´s such a sweet, good natured cat that I hated to see him stressed by wearing the harness. He gave me a look like, " what did I do wrong ?"

He does spook easily that´s for sure. Sometimes when he´s sleeping I just blow lightly in his face so he doesn´t bolt right away when he wakes up. And we have worked out a bit of a sign language with him, believe it or not!

Thanks again for all of your advice.
 

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Taking your time is the only way you will get the cat to like it. You can't expect the cat to like it right away but don't give up. Try to do what I explained in the previous post and see how it turns out. It's worth your time if you want to be able to give your cat the ability to explore safely.
 

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O.k., I´ll give it another try. I think patience is the key word here. Maybe if I just put the harness on him and then take him outside for a while ( carefully watching him ) it will take his mind off of it. He´s quite used to going out and about on our back patio ( closed in--no car trouble ) but going out in front of the house would be different for him. Once again, I live on more of an alley than a street and it´s so narrow that cars really can´t pass. It´s the surrounding streets I worry about.

But now that it´s spring and the weather is so nice it´s a good time to try the harness again. I´ll give it my best effort and let you all know! :D
 

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Good Luck! Remember to let him wear it around the house and distract him while he is weraing by playing with a string and making him move around in it. It's not for every kitty :D
 
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