The title of this post, “My cat keeps bumping into things”, is something I typed into Google a couple of weekends ago. One day we were in the bathroom and our cat, Munchie, walked nose-first into the bath panel. Our instant reaction was to laugh at him (I know, we shouldn’t do that), but we thought he just wasn’t looking where he was going. He is easily distracted. Like me.
My wife commented that a couple of times during the previous week, she’d seem him bump into things and thought nothing of it.
Earlier in the day, we’d checked out his legs because he’d started bunny-hopping down stairs rather than bombing down like usual, but his legs were fine.
Then he walked into a thermostat value on a radiator in the hall. Then the edge of a table. Then a wall in the kitchen. Once you notice something, you notice it everywhere. Of the three of us, Munchie handled it the best and me the worst. I do whittle!
It was a bank holiday weekend, so at the first opportunity we took him to the vets who looked into his eyes and diagnosed TWO detached retinas. Both eyes were affected and the vet decided he could probably see shadows, but nothing else. The bunny-hopping probably as he couldn’t see the stairs.
Cats navigate their way through smell as well as sight. That’s why they rub up against everything. They’re leaving their scent so they know where they are and even though he couldn’t see, he continued to find his food dish, go outside and sit in his favourite chair.
After blood pressure, blood and urine tests – obtaining a urine sample from a cat is fun. We waited until he climbed into his litter tray and threw a plastic bowl underneath – the vets diagnosed kidney disease and possible heart disease. These raised his blood pressure and popped his retinas.
The vet gave him a couple of tablets and us more tablets to give him each day and we arranged to take him back in a few days. Over that weekend we noticed that he stopped bumping into things. The visit to the vets last week confirmed one of his retinas has reattached already. The other is better than it was.
Another visit is planned for next week and hopefully we can control the kidney disease and maintain healthier blood pressure so he doesn’t start bumping into things again.
He’s also started a renal diet, lower in protein and phosphates and high in cost to help reduce the load on his kidneys.
How is Munch?
At no stage has he seemed bothered by any of it! His routine is the same and it is obvious he can now see something. Whether it is back to normal, we’ll never know, but hopefully, the tablets will keep him with the vision he has now. The vets seemed confident that the tablets would stop it getting worse. I hope they’re right.
In the meantime, he continues with his pampered lifestyle. 🙂
If your cat starts bumping into things. Take them to the vet as soon as possible. Early treatment can make all the difference.