Post # 1
My two cats, Merlin and Loki, were from a litter of 4. The other two kittens (a male and a female) went to a family in England – who originally only wanted the female (who is white and deaf) because they wanted a house cat. They then decided to take the other too, so she would have company.
The husband has grown very attached to the male cat, and they have since got two other house cats – and the husband no longer feels that they need the deaf cat, and the wife has become concerned that he is treated the deaf cat very harshly. (Hideous hideous attitude, but the less said about it the better.)
So they called up my friend (who gave them the kittens) and informed her that they would be bringing the deaf cat back over in August and they will be dropping her off and leaving her.
So, I’ve offered to take her in. My other cats are very much outside cats but, even though we live in the middle of nowhere away from roads, the female will have to be an inside cat.
Anyway (and now onto my point) has anyone had any experience with deaf cats? What sort of things will I have to watch out for/change to help her adjust to a new home?
Also, any tips on introducing her to the boys would be FANTASTIC!
Post # 3
I’ve never had a deaf cat. When we got our new cat, we set her up in one room so the two cats could hit eachother under the door and slowly introduced them. The two of them hated eachother for a while, the older one would charge the new one and corner her for months. They are finally over it now, they aren’t in love but it’s better than hate. Cats are crazy.
Post # 4
I grew up with a deaf cat who we adopted as a young adult, but I don’t have much advice for you because she was a solo cat and she adjusted really quickly with really no struggle. But I just wanted to chime in because she was a great cat- I have really fond memories of her growing up so I think you are doing a really great thing 🙂
Post # 5
You really don’t have to adapt or change anything, other than trying to keep her inside. She doesn’t even really have to be an indoor-only cat though. Cats can sense vibrations that are associated with sound and “hear” through their whiskers. Like humans, when one sense is disabled, the rest of the senses become stronger in compensation, so her whiskers will be more sensitive than her hearing counterparts, and her sense of smell will also be more developed. She can probably already get along just fine on her own, and should need little if any extra attention, over what you’d normally have to deal with when transitioning any cat into a new home.
Post # 6
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When I introduced my two cats, I kept them in separate spaces in the house for a week, and traded their locations periodically, so that they could get used to each other’s smells. When they were finally face to face, they sniffed each other, and were okay.
Do you have a laser pointer? That could be a great way to get the deaf’s cat attention.
Post # 7
I have no advice but awwww how sweet of you!!