- Nov 11, 2008
She will adjust. Cats are amazing.Had a long chat with my optomotrist sister now. Sent her a few pics and video. She can see the retina of both eyes are torn. Judging by the bleeding in the back of the eyes, this cat suffered a massive head and possible back/spine trauma. This resulted in swelling, and the nerves have already died as the back of the eye is already white. Would be yellow if the nerves had any life in them. Heartbreaking is that she tells me the cat would have been in intense pain while the nerves were under pressure (and dying). To relieve pressure, the body also disables the pupils, opening the eyes up totally, this can also cause irreversible damage in bright light.
Also tells me that there could still be pressure, and although the cat no longer has pain, this could affect her other senses like smell and hearing. So I need to get some eye drops to relieve pressure.
Now to see if the cat can adjust, and still fit in with the two other cats and two dogs. It was already so frustrating watching her this afternoon playing with the other cats. She can only hear them, and gets steamrolled constantly by them. She tries to chase them, but ends up running in totally the wrong direction. Animals and humans can adjust horizontally, but vertically is a big problem. I see she stills climbs up things, but she can't get back down because she has no way to know where the ground is going to be when she jumps. She does take a bit of a chance off the one couch though, but going outside is a problem where she needs to jump off the window sill to a box and then to the ground. I will have to assess her over the next while and see how she "survives" with the other animals. If I feel she is suffering under them, I may have a very hard descision to make. I hope it doesn't get to that.
And If she does suffer find her a home. There are people out there just adopting blind cats
But we have had 4 blind kittens this year alone. ITs amazing how they adjust.