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Hello! It's been awhile since I've been here, but it's the place I know I can go for answers and empathy. :)

I'm 99% sure one of my cats suddenly went blind this morning. As far as I know she has no underlying health issues. But this morning she was in the bedroom making the "rarrr" noise she makes when she's carrying one of her toys around, but she didn't come out of the room with a toy like normal. So I called to her, but she still didn't come out. I went into the bedroom, and she was sitting in the middle of the bed making that noise. She did have a toy there, but when I tried to get her to come with me she was acting like she didn't know what to do...wouldn't get down off of the bed. I also noticed her eyes were extremely dilated. I picked her up (she hates that!) and brought her into the living room and I "tested" her to see if she could see, and I swear she can't. Her eyes appear cloudy as well, one more than the other.

She has spent the day on the couch. She doesn't appear lethargic or anything, just confused and disoriented and like "where did everyone go?" I put her food dish in front of her and got her to eat a bit. I picked her up and took her into the room where the water fountain is so she could hear it and also the litter box so she could smell it. A little while ago I tried hard to get her to come down from the couch, but I think she doesn't know what to do.

I called the vet, and they can't get us in for two weeks. They said if something changes to give them a call. But what I'm afraid of is...what caused sudden blindness? Is the cause of it something that should be seen right away? The vet's office didn't seem to think so.

Any advice or experience with this would be much appreciated. I did do a search on the site and have read some posts on blindness in cats, but I'd still like some input. Thank you!
 

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Call if something changes??? Are you kidding? I would put that cat in the car and take her to an Emergency Vet. What if it's something that could be diagnosed and treated right away? I guess because losing my own sight is something I never want to happen, I would kind of freak out if it happened to one of my girls.
 
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I agree with marie73.....get her to a vet ASAP. Any chance she got into something that may have caused her blindness. Is she very old, say 15+ yrs.? I would be freaking out too!

There are some online vets.....here's a couple but there are more (have't used one tho):

 

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Thank you both. She seemed almost "normal" last night when we went to bed. Maybe she can see better in the dark? This morning she has been roaming the house like she's trying to orient herself. From what I've read online, she's doing everything they say a newly-blind cat will do. She's also found her food, the water fountain, and the litter box.

She actually is around 15 years old (using the estimated age the shelter gave her when she was adopted). I was not so much worried about the blindness, as I'm sure she can adapt, as I was the cause of it....wondering if she'd had a stroke or something else that happened. Other than trying to orient herself, she is acting totally normal, so I'm less worried about the cause as I was initially.

Thank you for the info on online vet advice. I'm going to try that and see what their opinion is.
 

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It's always helpful to get an update.....hope you have success in talking with a vet. All the best!
 

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I would get her into a vet immediately and preferably an eye specialist if possible. If they can’t find any other reason have them check for histoplasmosis. We had a cat who lost his vision do to that and had no other symptoms at all.
 

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I don't want to worry you too much, but it may be that your cat had a stroke. Our cat had one last year, and your cat's symptoms sound like what our cat experienced. She needs emergency care right away. I'm so sorry that your cat is going through this. Call your vet and get a number for an emergency vet if she can't be seen right away.
 

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Thank you all again for the info, support, and advice. We saw the vet today, and she does indeed have very high blood pressure and her retinas detached. They put her on some medication and will check her again in a month to see if its lowered her blood pressure. They said there is a slight chance her retinas could reattach, but most likely not. Although it's sad, we can deal with the blindness. I just want to make sure everything else is okay.

On another note, it's always so stressful for me...taking her to the vet. Especially now when you have to wait in the car while they take her inside. She's always upset at the vet anyway, but now not being able to even see anything... :( Plus, I've never had success giving her a pill. I've had other cats that I could pill with no problem, but not her. I got some Pill Pockets today and she won't even eat one without a pill. She did, however, eat a bit of tuna with her pill crushed into it. I'm crossing my fingers that she will keep that up.
 

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So sorry to hear that her retinas have detached. I do hope she is lucky and that she gets some reattachment. Really appreciate your update as it helps everyone and educates us on what can cause a sudden blindness. I wouldn't have thought it would be high blood pressure, so something to be aware of for sure. Thank you.
 
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