- Make sure your cat sees you before you approach him/her. This can be as simple as turning on a light or approaching from the front.
- Similar to humans, it is possible to teach your cat hand signals and vibration signals such as clapping, foot tapping.
- Odours work wonders such as wearing a distinctive perfume or aftershave at all times.
- If you have a choice, hard floors allow noise to vibrate and can alert your cat when others are present.
- Use light to signal key times of the day such as feeding time. Turn a light switch on and off, or use a torch to flash a signal.
- Touch can be a wonderful tool, most deaf cats will respond well to stroking and handling and it can be used to reinforce new commands or signals.
- If your cat has recently become deaf you can also add a bell to his/her collar to help you locate him/her.
The main tip we can provide in relation to effective communication is persistence and consistency. Everyone in the family needs to follow the same commands and stick to the same routine. Also, always make sure your guests are aware that you have a deaf cat so they can approach him/her in an appropriate manner.
We also recommend putting a tag on your cat’s collar which says “I AM DEAF”. If your cat ever does manage to escape outside for an adventure it will assist either your neighbours or a member of the community in how to handle your pet.
If you have a deaf cat and have any handy tips or hints to share please let us know. Use our contact us form to send us your tip.
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