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my poor poor cat - what to do help please

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waxlyrical Wed 05-Oct-11 12:54:03

My 13 yr old cat was hit by a car the night before last and has recieved a bad head injury but has so far survived with all limbs and movement in tact. She has been at the vets since it happened and her two injuries are a broken jaw - (easily operable) and probable complete loss of eyesight in both eyes - they have been monitoring this but there has been little change. I think I want to get the operation done on her jaw and bring her home to see if she can cope with being blind. Being at the vets is very distressing in itself for her and is making it hard to judge how affected by the loss of sight she is. I just feel she has fought really hard to stay alive so far and deserves a chance. What do other people think? Has anyone had a similar experience or had and coped with a blind cat?

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 05-Oct-11 15:14:44

I'm so sorry for your cat, I've never had a blind cat but if she's hanging on in there I'd give her a chance rather than pts.

In the end only you can judge, she'd have to be a house cat with I'd assume supervised trips to the garden.

They get a lot of info from their whiskers about their surroundings.

What does your vet think?, have they got any other blind cats and if so how do they cope?.

ilovesprouts Wed 05-Oct-11 21:10:38

my mum had a cat we one eye he was ok but since died he had cancer

Mibby Wed 05-Oct-11 21:16:48

If your cat has decent hearing and reasonable mobility she should adapt to being blind or nearly blind if the house is calm and you dont move major big bits of furniture around. It depends if you have noisy children or bouncy dogs or similar tho. Will she use a litter tray?

waxlyrical Thu 06-Oct-11 12:47:56

Thanks for all your responses. I am finding the whole thing really difficult but have allowed them to operate on her jaw so she can come home and at least we can give it a go. Not sure if her sense of smell works normally yet but am hoping it does as this will help. I Have trawled the internet for as much advice as I can find but I am still hoping someone might read this who has had a blind cat because I would hate to continue if it was cruel or unrealistic

waxlyrical Fri 07-Oct-11 21:29:58

I brought my poor cat home but it didnt go well. She was pts today as she was suffering from brain damage as well as blind and without any sense of smell. Could only really tell this at home with normal things around her but it is so so sad. sad

sprinkles77 Fri 07-Oct-11 21:58:46

Sorry to hear about your kitty. sad Must be very hard for you, have you had her all her life? You know of course that you have made a brave, kind decision and taken the ultimate step for her welfare. Doesn't make it easier though, does it? I had one PTS last year, she was much younger than yours was, and probably not quite as ill. I know how it feels.

alistron1 Fri 07-Oct-11 22:17:50

So sorry. What an awful thing to happen.

purpleknittingmum Fri 07-Oct-11 22:29:57

So sorrry. Such a hard decision to make xx

Sexonlegs Fri 07-Oct-11 22:32:33

I am so so sorry sad Sounds like she had a lovely owner.

ilovesprouts Fri 07-Oct-11 22:34:39

i lost my cat on weds too she died at home she was 11 sad

thecatatemygymsuit Fri 07-Oct-11 22:42:08

Poor cat!
Just to give you some hope, I know it's a different scenario, but mine had 2 broken legs and had to have one amputated after being hit by a car, and 8 years later is doing brilliantly smile.
Cat down the road is blind and has a v happy life mostly basking in the garden (He is 22!). It may be easier if you can keep your cat inside, would that be feasible? I would give her a chance at life but I'm soft like that.

thecatatemygymsuit Fri 07-Oct-11 22:44:26

Oh so sorry, I only read Op. Hope you don't think I was being insensitive, I really am sorry for the loss of your cat.

SparklyCloud Sat 08-Oct-11 12:51:21

really sorry to hear about your cat.
What a lovely owner to her you were, to at least give her a chance and not give up on her, you would always have been wondering 'what if' .
sad

waxlyrical Sat 08-Oct-11 18:12:44

Thanks to you all for your kind words. It is the hardest decison ever and I am sorry for anyone else who has had to make it too. So sorry about your cat Ilovesprouts you must be feeling just like I do. Thecatate... it made me smile to hear that your cat had reached the grand old age of 22 thats a fantastic age!

Pigglesworth Fri 14-Oct-11 09:39:20

I am so sorry about the loss of your cat, you made the right decision by her. xxx

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