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Caring For Your Visually Impaired Pet

Updated on August 31, 2011

Create a safe, predictable environment for your blind pet.

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Living Blind Takes Trust

A blind pet is quite a challenge. It is important when dealing with a pet that has a visual impairment to keep in mind all the things you would think of when dealing with a person with a visual impairment.

If you have ever known a blind person, you know how much of their ability to navigate and function in the world is based on trust. They must trust people to give them the right directions. They must trust that their guide dogs will do their jobs properly. They must trust they will be given the right change and treated fairly in many other ways. Whenever I have worked with blind people, I have been astonished by the level of trust that goes into getting through every step of each and every day.

Of course, with your pet, this is even more true. Pets trust us completely to provide all their needs. This is why it is so important to be completely trustworthy to your visually impaired pet. Do everything in a habitual, methodical way that your pet can rely on.

Be sure to:

  1. Always have food and water available in the same place, all the time.
  2. Always have bed, litter box and toys in the same place.
  3. Have boundaries clearly and safely marked so your pet will not wander off. This is especially true if your pet is expecting a litter. You will want to have a fairly small area made secure so the babies will not wander out of reach of the mother when they become big enough.
  4. Rely on your pet’s sense of smell. Your pet will be reassured and comforted by a bed that smells like you. Give your pet an old, worn sweater or other garment of yours as part of its bedding. Catnip toys will increase your blind cat’s fun at play-time. Scented toys will be a welcome addition for a blind dog.
  5. Rely on your pet’s sense of hearing. Keep soothing music playing in your blind pet’s living area. This will keep your pet company when you are not around. It will help your pet feel comfortable and secure in it’s living area.

Consistency is the key when dealing with a blind pet. If your pet can trust you and knows what to expect, it will be able to live a happy and healthy life.

Copyright: SuzanneBennett: June 9, 2009


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    Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

    LOL, he probably was laughing. And you are welcome.

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    justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

    LOL! He wasn't nearsighted! He was just doing that for fun! That's an old trick! :D Thanks for the votes and sharing! :)

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    Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

    I just read you hub about Ray the donkey and saw the title and had to read this also. One of the horses on my grandpa's farm was not blind but he was nearsighted and when I would ride him, he would run really fast and then see a fence and would stop within inches and I would go flying over his head and the fence into whatever was on the other side.

    Voted up UAI and shared

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    justmesuzanne 6 years ago from Texas

    Dogs do so much better than people with impairments like deafness, blindness and loss of limbs. I think it has to do with a lack of ego! ;D

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    Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    Thanks for this great article! I have a friend who has a blind dog. He does quite well and rules the house. My heart breaks for her, but she doesn't seem to notice that she is different.

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    justmesuzanne 6 years ago from Texas

    Oh! I have 8 cats, too! :D Thanks for reading and following!

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    JunieLou 6 years ago

    Wow.. great hub! I know having a pet is really a challenge, how much more a blind pet. Anyhow, I love pets (have 8 cats here) so kinda love your hub. Am following now :D

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    justmesuzanne 6 years ago from Texas

    Thank you! I'm glad you liked it! :)

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    Cutters 6 years ago from South Carolina

    What a great article I never once thought about a blind pet and what you have to do to make sure your pet will be safe. Thank you for this article!