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Old 01-19-2010, 10:34 PM
 
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Got him today - he is super cute though!

I am hoping he will have a happy life with me, anyone else here have a deaf cat?

Any tips/ insider information for me?

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Old 01-19-2010, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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He's very beautiful. Little ball of white fur.

My cats are only deaf when they're doing something wrong.
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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What a little fur-ball of cuteness! No help, sorry, but just had to comment on his cuteness. Thanks for saving a life!
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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Even cats that can hear you don't listen, so all is okay!

We thought our cat was deaf when we first got her, she just has selective hearing.
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Old 01-20-2010, 01:13 AM
 
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For some reason, white cats are notorious for being deaf. I also have a white cat although she can indeed hear. The pic you posted could be my cat, it looks so much like her!

Your kitten is adorable!
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Old 01-20-2010, 05:21 AM
 
Location: California
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Unfortunately, it is a gene white cats carry. This is important to distinguish from white pointed cats, who don't. Your cat can lead a near normal life...google deaf cats and I'm sure there is a wealth of info dealing with this. He is adorable by the way! Do we have a name yet?
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Old 01-20-2010, 05:32 AM
 
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Yes we do indeed! Meet Mr Fuzzy.
lol.
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Old 01-20-2010, 05:33 AM
 
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Many white dogs are deaf too (or dogs w/ predominately white heads) such as boxers, boston terriers, aussies, pit bulls, border collies etc, you can just google it (images) and the pictures will come up. Anyway, very cute photo.
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Old 01-20-2010, 05:39 AM
 
Location: California
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Yes we do indeed! Meet Mr Fuzzy.
lol.
LOL....I love it! Seems to be perfectly!
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Old 01-20-2010, 06:12 AM
 
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Well, first of all, I assume that you plan to get him neutered, and that you won't be allowing him outdoors, right? He wouldn't last long outside without his hearing, I fear.

I have not owned a hearing-impaired pet before, but I imagine the challenges would be similar to dealing with any hearing-impaired being. Other senses are likely to be enhanced, particularly touch, as vibrations felt through the floorboards can be a substitute for audible sound (since sounds are just another form of vibration).

My personal inclination would be to increase the amount of visual stimulus you provide for Mr. Fuzzy, and perhaps to start exploring what vibrations he can perceive at what distances. If you always precede putting his food down by doing something that will create a vibration in the floor (something that wouldn't be threatening, of course), he'll learn to associate that vibration with food, and will start scampering to the kitchen whenever he feels it. A big noise that would frighten a hearing cat would be a pretty subtle thing for a deaf cat, so do a bit of experimenting.

In time, you may be surprised at just how much he manages to pick up about the world around him despite his deafness, particularly once he becomes accustomed to his new surroundings and the people in them. Bless you for taking him in, and may he grace your family for many years to come!
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