If you are wondering how to best care for a deaf animal, this article should help shed some light on the situation. Having a deaf animal will have certain challenges and require a few tweaks to your lifestyle but these tips should help you learn how to take care of your deaf pet and make their life a little bit easier!

How to Care for a Deaf Animal 

Deaf animals have lost one of their five senses, so it is important to be aware that this can affect their behavior. Some deaf pets might be more alert or high stress. They might even have separation anxiety and want to be near you at all times. It is essential to remember that any behavioral issues they might have could always be related to deafness. They may take a bit more patience than other animals, but they are definitely worth it!

1. Train Them with Hand Signals

A deaf animal obviously can’t hear your commands, so you will need to find more creative ways to communicate. This often means using a form of sign language or hand signals. These hand signals are a great way to teach your pet basic commands and make life a bit easier. This is also a great way to bond with your animal and help them to feel more connected to you even if they can’t hear your voice.

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2. Avoid Startling Them

Deaf animals are much easier to startle than other pets. It is especially common with deaf cats as they are prey animals and are naturally more alert. The best way to wake up a sleeping deaf animal is to come up to them slowly. Maybe try tapping on the floor around them or gently blowing on their face.

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3. Add a Deaf Tag to Their Collar

Another thing that you should do if you have a deaf animal is to attach a deaf tag to their collar if they wear one. This is a precautionary measure that can come in handy if they get out of the house and get lost. This way, people will know that they are deaf if they find them, and it can be easier for you to reclaim them with such a distinct characteristic.

4. Be Extra Aware

A deaf animal is much more at risk than a normal animal so it is crucial to be extra aware of dangers. Not only can they easily get underfoot as they can’t hear you coming. Because of this, you will want to make sure that their surroundings are very secure and safe and that no person or other animal can get in and harm them. This applies primarily to deaf dogs since they are out and about more and thus more vulnerable. With a deaf cat, you will want to keep an eye out for them, so you don’t accidentally step on them.

5. Be Patient

It can quickly become frustrating when you have a deaf animal at times. They can be hard more of a challenge to train. Even though it is in no way their fault, it is very common for people to become frustrated or impatient. It is essential to try to reign in those feelings and be more sympathetic to your animal’s needs. They aren’t ignoring you or misbehaving on purpose, and it’s important to acknowledge that. It takes patience to take care of a deaf pet, and they need plenty of love and support.

6. Avoid Putting Them in Stressful Situations

With deaf pets, it is crucial to avoid putting them in stressful or scary situations. These situations may not seem overwhelming to other animals or us, but as an animal that is deaf, they may interpret it differently. Something as innocent as a trip to the dog park with your deaf dog may be stressful and overwhelming to them. A large gathering of friends may be stressful to your deaf cat. It’s important to try to see your animal’s perspective so that you can avoid putting them in stressful situations.

7. Check with a Vet

One thing that you should always do when caring for a deaf pet is to take them to see the vet. It is always a good idea to check things out to get the complete picture. There are many health conditions that can cause deafness. Even ear infections, tumors, and cysts can cause hearing loss. You will want to rule out any unusual causes just to be on the safe side and ensure your animal is well taken care of.

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