Disabled cats: what solutions to accompany them?

Disability in cats requires a lot of investment on the part of the owner to allow the animal to be as happy as possible. In addition to buying adapted equipment or accessories in a specialized store, it is necessary to meet many needs, every day, to help his little companion, whether he is neurologically or motorically affected. Focus on solutions for accompanying a disabled cat and ways to make life easier for him on a daily basis.

The different handicaps in cats
Disability in cats can have different origins such as accident, mistreatment, illness and sometimes if it has not been treated. Among the most common disabilities in cats are :

  • Feline cerebral hypoplasia of varying degrees of severity: a neurological disease acquired during the gestation period.
  • A malformation of a limb.
  • The absence of a leg due to amputation.
  • Deafness.
  • Blindness.
  • Paralysis.

Equipment and accessories for disabled cats
Some equipment and accessories for cats with motor disabilities are marketed by websites specialising in pet products. But it is also possible to refer to the veterinarian.

They have been designed with the aim of facilitating the daily life of these animals. This is the case for example:

  • From the mobile and folding staircase: it allows the cat to climb onto the sofa if he can no longer jump,
  • An access ramp: it lands on the staircase,
  • From the walking aid cart: it is suitable for cats with paralysis of the hindquarters,
  • Cat socks: very useful to prevent the cat from slipping on the floor and to make it easier to move around the house or apartment.

What can you do on a daily basis to make life easier for your disabled cat?
In order for the cat to live serenely, it is absolutely necessary to adapt its environment according to its handicap. Indeed, he may indeed experience difficulties in walking, whether it is following the amputation of a leg, because of paralysis or hypoplasia. This accommodation consists of :

  • Facilitate the cat's access to its basket, litter box and bowls by positioning everything on the same floor. The goal is to avoid him having to use a staircase to move around the house.
  • Install a carpet or rug in the areas most frequented by the animal to limit as much as possible the risk of slips and falls, especially if the cat is suffering from hypoplasia. This pathology causes, among other things, major balance problems, as the limbs are not at all in sync.

The owner of a disabled cat must be involved at different levels to make life more enjoyable for his little companion. In addition to doing everything possible so that his little companion can be followed as closely as possible by the veterinarian, he must take care of his cat several times a day to help him.

  • Carry your cat to the litter box,
  • Bring him his bowls so the cat doesn't have to move around,
  • Brush the cat once or twice a day to remove dead hairs if he can't groom himself normally,
  • Install an access ramp in the staircase to make it easier for the animal to get on and off,
  • Regularly cut its claws because they don't wear out enough in a handicapped cat who hardly walks outside anymore,
  • Accompany your cat in the garden or in a public park because it is very important that he gets some fresh air, sniffs the smells...

It is essential to take certain precautions when living with a deaf or blind cat, especially with regard to its approach, as it can very quickly be surprised and be in a state of permanent stress. In order not to frighten it, it is necessary to take the precaution of :

  • Talk to him before you pet him or hug him if he's blind,
  • Position yourself in your field of vision before interacting with your deaf cat.

If the cat is blind, you should of course avoid changing the furniture because the animal would be lost and would risk hitting itself. As soon as he has his bearings, it is fundamental to do everything possible to keep them. In this way, the blind cat can go alone in his litter box, he can also be autonomous to go to drink, eat, climb on the sofa or lie down in his basket.

A cat who is deaf or blind should never be let out alone. The animal must of course always be accompanied by its owner so that it is well protected from the various dangers to which it is particularly exposed because of its disability.

Finally, regardless of the handicap his cat suffers from, he must continue to play with him because he needs interaction with the members of his foster family, just like all other cats. The signs of affection are also crucial to make life sweeter for him, especially since the animal has certainly developed very strong bonds with his master.