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can someone tell me the symptoms of a deaf kitten. thanks

can someone tell me the symptoms of a deaf kitten. thanks


Asked by Member 764959 on Nov 14th 2008 in Other Kittens
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Izadore (Izzie)

"Almost the only way to tell that a cat is deaf is the "vacuum cleaner test". Normally kittens are afraid of the vacuum cleaner, but a deaf kitten likes to play with it. Another way to find out if your cat is deaf, is when you come home. Normally, your cats come to the door to meet you, but a deaf cat just continues to sleep on contentedly.

A cat deals with its deafness very well and compensates for the lack of hearing with other senses. So well, in fact, that it is almost impossible to distinguish deaf cat from cats with normal hearing. Naturally you can't command your deaf cat by yelling, but do even hearing cats obey every time? If only one ear is deaf, only the way the cat moves its head shows any deafness.

Deaf cats are more people-loving cats than those who can hear. These cats have louder voices, presumably they can't hear how loudly they meow!"
FROM THE "PETPEOPLESPLACE" WEBSITE.


Izadore (Izzie) answered on 11/14/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Minxy (1987-2008)

Its often difficult to tell if a cat is choosing to ignore you or actually deaf. Also deaf cats will often respond based on sight and may appear to be able to hear when they can't. If he seems to be ignoring noises that your other cats notice/react to he may have hearing problems and you can test this yourself.

Best way to test for deafness is to get something like a can with coins in it that will make a scary noise. Make sure the kitten has his back to you, there are no other cats around and he can't see you in a reflection or anything. Then shake the can to make a noise and see how he reacts. If he jumps or spins round to see where the noise is coming from he can probably hear. If he doesn't react he's probably deaf. If you do this a few times and watch his reactions you should be able to tell if he's deaf or not.

If he does seem deaf and its confirmed by a vet he's better off being an inside cat as he'd be in danger from traffic/dogs if he can't hear them coming.


Minxy (1987-2008) answered on 11/14/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer