advice please...... TC's unresponsive

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advice please...... TC's unresponsive

Post by Topcat10 » Fri Aug 14, 2015 12:14 pm

TC is a rescued cat, he's around 10 years. He's been with me for 8 months now. He's a happy purrer and really seems to enjoy life. For a long time I've been unsure re his hearing. Sometimes he appears to respond to sound but mainly he doesn't. I've tried rattling keys at close proximity when he doesn't know I'm in the room but no response. His ears remain static and he appears to be oblivious to my presence. (I've asked the vet about this but was simply advised to see a (specialist) I stay with him when he goes out to play just in case that he can't here poss predators. With previous cats when I made visible arm gestures they would usually come to me, but TC rarely responds.

I've noticed that his scent of smell is accute, when calling him....no response, but bringing food home he'll awake and respond. Could it be that he's partially deaf? I think I'm right in saying that most cats are able to recognise their feeders by sight and their unique voices. With TC none of the above are forthcoming and I appear to be talking to him and beckoning him in vain.

All advice would be greatly appreciated.

T Cs Dad.

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Re: advice please...... TC's unresponsive

Post by meriad » Fri Aug 14, 2015 1:07 pm

gosh at first I thought TC was unconscious and was about to shout - get him to a vet ASAP ;)

My old girl Molly was totally deaf towards the end of her life; it was a gradual thing as she got older. But even right towards the end she'd recognise me and always come rush to say hello (well rush as fast as a 21 year old arthritic wobbly cat could that is)

Deafness in a cat, whilst not ideal, is by no means life threatening. You obviously need to take more care because as you've already said they won't hear a predator, enemy, car etc approch (although they may smell and feel the vibrations)

Is TC's eye sight OK, does he follow your fingers if you moved them, does he see things clearly enough (ie a ball if you throw it etc)

Personally if all else is OK then I wouldn't worry too much - it's actually quite amazing just how much more chilled Molly was as she went deaf; nothing would disturb her.

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Re: advice please...... TC's unresponsive

Post by bobbys girl » Fri Aug 14, 2015 1:25 pm

meriad wrote:gosh at first I thought TC was unconscious and was about to shout - get him to a vet ASAP ;)
Gosh yes, don't frighten people like that! :shock: :)

I agree with Ria, I'd check his eyesight too. Out of interest, what colour is TC? I believe many white cats are deaf?

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Re: advice please...... TC's unresponsive

Post by Topcat10 » Fri Aug 14, 2015 8:26 pm

Thanks for your advice folks.. Yes I now realise my poor choice of headline ....ie (unresponsive) :oops:
I'll try your suggestions Meriad. To answer your question Bobby's Girl TC is totally black.
Thanks again.
TCs Dad. :roll:

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