Balancing blindness

By Connie Orcutt • Published: December 1st, 2012
Category: Animal Airwaves

If your pet becomes blind, of course you’ll worry how her quality of life will be affected. Truth is, most blind cats and dogs barely skip a beat.

Animals adjust more seamlessly if they lose sight over time instead of overnight. But even sighted dogs and cats rely on their highly advanced senses of hearing and smell over their vision. Whiskers as mini antennae are another aid to navigation.

Pets also rely on memory to get around, so keep furniture, litter pans and bowls in place. And be sure your buddy is eating and drinking enough. Take care to close toilet lids, barricade hazardous areas like swimming pools, and cover sharp edges. Talk to your pet before touching her or picking her up so she’s not startled. And be sure to have your blind pet microchipped, since she likely won’t be able to find her way home if she wanders off.