If there are other cats in the house, the deaf cat will watch and learn many communication signals through them.
Caring for a Deaf Cat
Never let your deaf cat outdoors unless confined in a safe catio enclosure. A deaf cat can never wander outdoors, even if you’re convinced he’ll stay close to home. A deaf cat can’t hear horns honking, barking dogs, the warning sounds of another cat nearby as well as any other sounds of danger.
Since a deaf cat can’t hear to respond to being called when out of sight in the home, consider attaching a small key finder to his collar for location purposes.
Provide your cat with several perching and napping areas so he can position himself to avoid being startled. It’s common for deaf cats to seek out areas that give them the most visual warning ability.
Playtime with a Deaf Cat
A deaf cat benefits from regular playtime just as any cat. To prevent your deaf cat from isolating himself, incorporate interactive play into the daily schedule. If you have a multicat household, conduct private play sessions with your deaf cat so he doesn’t have to worry about a cat companion suddenly pouncing on the toy and startling him.
Set up plenty of opportunities for solo playtime by placing toys strategically all around the cat’s area. Toys that are perched on the edge of a cat tree shelf or peeking out from underneath furniture can spark curiosity and inspire a little solo play session.
Food-dispensing toys are another great option for any cat, but they can be especially beneficial for your deaf cat to help keep him active and engaged.
Need More Information?
For more information on cat behavior and training, check out the books written by best-selling author Pam Johnson-Bennett. Pam’s books are available at bookstores, online, and here on our website.
This article is not to replace your cat’s regular veterinary care and isn’t intended as a medical diagnosis. If you have questions about your cat’s health or have questions about hearing loss, contact your veterinarian.