Symptoms of Poor Vision in Cats

by Naomi Millburn, Demand Media
    Cats with poor vision often behave in a confused manner.

    Cats with poor vision often behave in a confused manner.

    Your sweet cat can't talk to you, so she can't exactly tell you she's having problems seeing. It's up to you as a caring owner to determine whether your pet's vision is failing. If your cat vocalizes persistently or seems disoriented, these can be signs that her vision is poor.

    Shock

    If you cat is easily shocked or startled, that might be a symptom that her vision deteriorating. You might get the impression that she often doesn't even know you're in the same room as her. She might seem off in her own world a lot of the time.

    Squinting

    Pay close to attention to your fluff ball's eye "mannerisms." If she seems to be perpetually squinting, it could be that she's trying her hardest to see better. Seeing clearly might be a struggle for her at this point.

    Hesitation

    When a cat seems particularly hesitant or meek about walking around, that could indicate poor vision. This is especially apparent in formerly bold pets. Also take note of whether your pet seems to knock into things a lot, whether furniture or doors.
    If your cat out of nowhere seems almost klutzy, don't ignore it. Cats with failing vision also think twice about jumping from high perches. Look at your cat's body stance, too. If she always seems to be crouching down, it could mean that she's apprehensive about moving and wants to stay as close to the ground as possible.

    Disorientation

    If your cat seems disoriented, confused and out of it all of the time, vision problems might be the culprit. She might express her confusion -- and frustration -- by being especially vocal; think persistent meowing and yowling. These vocalizations also might be a call for help. For instance, if your cat is lost in the basement and can't find her way back to the main floor of your home, she might cry until someone comes to help her.

    Eyes

    Closely examine your cat's eyes for signs of poor vision. Her pupils might be especially big, and her eyes in general can appear discolored, cloudy and foggy. Take note of any unusual eye discharge, watering or goo around the corners. If you observe any of these symptoms, consult your veterinarian as soon as possible.

    Temperament

    Poor vision sometimes triggers temperament changes in felines. If your formerly happy-go-lucky kitty all of a sudden seems scared and anxious all of the time, poor vision might be the reason.
    No matter what symptoms and signs of vision problems you notice in your pet, take her to the veterinarian immediately. Not only can these signs point to vision issues, they can also indicate other serious health ailments such as diabetes, infection, hypertension, kidney disease and cancer. Take your kitty's health seriously -- she depends on you.

    About the Author

    Naomi Millburn has been a freelance writer since 2011. Her areas of writing expertise include arts and crafts, literature, linguistics, traveling, fashion and European and East Asian cultures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.

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