Cats are renowned for the keen senses, so we don’t often think of them as being prone to such significant losses to their senses as deafness or blindness. Nonetheless, cats can and do experience vision loss for a variety of reasons: injury, cataracts, glaucoma, cancer, hypertension, and even infectious disease such as FIV and FeLV.
A sudden onset of blindness is a medical emergency as it is often caused by retinal detachment, which may be reversible if treated immediately. Just as common, however, is a gradual vision loss that might not be apparent as it develops over time. As vision is slowly lost, cats can compensate with their other senses, resulting in more subtle behavioral changes than what we see when a cat loses vision suddenly. Either way, a veterinarian can quickly assess whether or not a cat is visually impaired.
Because blindness is so often secondary to another disease process it becomes essential to ascertain the cause to ensure your cat is able to function at maximum health.
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