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    Last weekend my cat Fodstick was sick. When I found him the next morning (Sunday) his pupils were dilated and he had trouble walking. My mom and I rushed him to the vet hospital. There he was stabilized and they did blood work on him. It came back negative.

    The vet mentioned this and I looked online and found he had Progressive Retinal Atrophy. Certain breeds of dogs and cats can get the disease if both parents carry the gene called CEP290.. For cats they begin to lose there sight at 7 months to complete blindness between 3-5 years of age.

    My cat was very active as a kitten and young cat. But after this disease struck he aged 10 years.

    We are trying our best to make him comfortable and leave his food and litter box in the same spot.

  • #2
    I'm very sorry. You seam to be doing all you can and he still can have a good life with you.

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    • #3
      You already have done well by your family member, mate.

      I've known a cat that lived blind & relatively well for more than a decade after they lost their sight. And I know of other cats that were born blind that lived long loving lives. I think you will find in time that they really aren't as helpless as you might want to think, their senses are far more acute than our own. I think that your cat will easily come to find you, too.

      Given time, I think you will be surprised as they adapt. Don't fear challenging their curiosity & senses. I'm very sure your cat will eventually begin to find its way around, not only by sound, but smell as well. Love Em, Keep Playin With Em. Treat Them As Normally As Ya Can, I Think You'll Be Surprised As Long As They Remain Stimulated & Loved.

      Prayers for your family, mate, and always keep the faith with your little mate. They'll return it if they know they have it from ya!

      Wes
      On the Plains of Hesitation lie the blackened bones of countless millions who, at the dawn of victory, sat down to rest-and resting... died. Adlai E. Stevenson

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      • #4
        Cats are remarkable animals.... in your care he will be fine.
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        No lie.

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        • #5
          Is he having trouble walking... or seeing?

          Twice in the last couple of years my male (outside) cats have come up to the house barely able to walk with their heads tilted somewhat to one side.
          It was like they were drunk off their gourds.

          First time took him (Junior) to the vet... it is some type of ear infection that has a vertigo effect on the cat. Rest, safety and anti biotics and about 3 or 4 days later he is fine. Second cat (Tyquan) didn't take to vet (could barely pet and hold the guy) but let him in the garage. He wouldn't stay but a day and a half but got better quickly. It sure does look funny... but very dangerous for an outside cat because they are basically helpless.

          Don't really have any loss of eyesight knowledge... but you seem to have a good hold on it. Good luck!
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Admiral View Post
            You already have done well by your family member, mate.

            I've known a cat that lived blind & relatively well for more than a decade after they lost their sight. And I know of other cats that were born blind that lived long loving lives. I think you will find in time that they really aren't as helpless as you might want to think, their senses are far more acute than our own. I think that your cat will easily come to find you, too.

            Given time, I think you will be surprised as they adapt. Don't fear challenging their curiosity & senses. I'm very sure your cat will eventually begin to find its way around, not only by sound, but smell as well. Love Em, Keep Playin With Em. Treat Them As Normally As Ya Can, I Think You'll Be Surprised As Long As They Remain Stimulated & Loved.

            Prayers for your family, mate, and always keep the faith with your little mate. They'll return it if they know they have it from ya!

            Wes

            You are absolutely correct, Wes!

            Check with your vet, there are specially scented toys to stimulate a blind cat's senses.
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            • #7
              Seriously, take Mag's word for it, my friend...

              She could quite easily get you what the Doc recommends.

              Lurv em & keep em positively stimulated.

              It is by no means a hopeless nor helpless situation.

              Cats have emotions, too, it just takes time to adapt for you both.


              On the Plains of Hesitation lie the blackened bones of countless millions who, at the dawn of victory, sat down to rest-and resting... died. Adlai E. Stevenson

              ACG History Today

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              • #8
                Originally posted by dgfred View Post
                Is he having trouble walking... or seeing?

                Twice in the last couple of years my male (outside) cats have come up to the house barely able to walk with their heads tilted somewhat to one side.
                It was like they were drunk off their gourds.

                First time took him (Junior) to the vet... it is some type of ear infection that has a vertigo effect on the cat. Rest, safety and anti biotics and about 3 or 4 days later he is fine. Second cat (Tyquan) didn't take to vet (could barely pet and hold the guy) but let him in the garage. He wouldn't stay but a day and a half but got better quickly. It sure does look funny... but very dangerous for an outside cat because they are basically helpless.

                Don't really have any loss of eyesight knowledge... but you seem to have a good hold on it. Good luck!
                Since Thursday Fodstick has been finding his food and litterbox without any trouble. He has been also jumping on the sofa and my mom bed to sleep. Today he went out in the front and was walking normally. He has been walking without any difficulty or hesitation since Wed.
                When he walked outside the pupils almost went back to its normal size. Inside the house the pupils are still dilated but the size is shrinking or so its seems.
                We still don't know how he lost his sight last week.

                Now if we let him outside hopefully he can come back. He does have an ID chip put in by the shelter.

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                • #9
                  Well, good news then .
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                  • #10
                    More than anything else, remain vigilant with the affection & stimulation through play & sound.

                    The last thing they need is to feel like a fifth wheel or experience a decline in familiar interactions.

                    Blindness isn't the end of living by any means.
                    On the Plains of Hesitation lie the blackened bones of countless millions who, at the dawn of victory, sat down to rest-and resting... died. Adlai E. Stevenson

                    ACG History Today

                    BoRG

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                    • #11
                      We had a blind dog. He did ok until he snuck off in the forest one day while we were at school. We never found his body.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by The last bullet View Post
                        Since Thursday Fodstick has been finding his food and litterbox without any trouble. He has been also jumping on the sofa and my mom bed to sleep. Today he went out in the front and was walking normally. He has been walking without any difficulty or hesitation since Wed.
                        When he walked outside the pupils almost went back to its normal size. Inside the house the pupils are still dilated but the size is shrinking or so its seems.
                        We still don't know how he lost his sight last week.

                        Now if we let him outside hopefully he can come back. He does have an ID chip put in by the shelter.
                        I'm curious about the apparent relationship to an illness. Some types of food poisoning are caused by toxins that act the same way on animal nervous systems as on humans', dilated pupils, ataxic gait and so forth.

                        For that matter, Pax and I grow some catnip for our cats, and when one of them got into the flower pot and partied hard, he was staggering, drooling and apparently hallucinating, after which he fell over on his side and lay there pawing at the air until he passed out for a while.

                        There are several house plants that are toxic to pets, not just recreational like catnip.

                        Since your cat is regaining pupillary reflexes, I doubt a non-reversable disease such as retinal atrophy is the cause, which humans also get. Sounds more like a temporary loss of pupillary adjustment which would cause something like snow blindness in humans - way too much light that leaves a person unable to differentiate objects. Humans also develop this lack of light response when acutely dehydrated. Everything goes white-out.

                        Hopefully, your feline family member isn't as sick as it appears. and our thoughts go with you for your beastie. If you're like us, they're not "pets"; they're your kids.

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                        • #13
                          Update
                          Today we took Fodstick to our vet: he hardly ate anything for 24hrs. I think he was willing himself to die. We told the vet everything that happened in the past 11 days with him.
                          The vet gave him cortsine for hairballs. From what I heard is he has 104 degree fever because of the hairballs. They rehydrate him and gave us a syringe and food for him. We are going to have to force feed him. We did it before 4 yr ago with him.My mom wanted to know whether we should go to the retinalogist if its not PRA but some other blindness. Our vet said it may help and our sister-in law said the same thing. We have meeting in the third week of September with him

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                          • #14
                            UpdateII

                            He was in distress again from Thu. afternoon till Fri morning. He would make screchinng noises. Also he was stumbling around which scared the dickens out me. Even though he would eat it was still touch and go.

                            My mom took him to the vet again. He did an x-ray on our cat.
                            1.He didn't have an obstruction near his anus. He said he didn't eat enough to do his No2.
                            2. His temperature had gone down. He said he might have a touch of bronchitis.
                            3.Fodstick doesn't have PRA but some other type of blindness that is treatable.
                            4. He may have a neurological disease.
                            5 The inner ear drum may be responible for his falling down.
                            Here he was adamant my mom take him to eye specailist sooner rather later. My mom did call the other specialist but one was in West L.A. the other in Camarrillo which is 1 hr drive from where we live.She is still going to the one in Studio City in 12 days.
                            6. Also we are given him eye drop twice a day.
                            It was a lot of information to take in 10 minutes.

                            He is eating 1 tablespoon of food at each feeding every 3-4 hours.

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                            • #15
                              That ear drum stuff is what my cats had. Scary but they got better on their own after about 3 or 4 days.

                              It looks like cat-vertigo somewhat. They really look drunk... so you have to keep them protected.

                              Please keep us updated.
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