Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Lucy Down the Rabbit Hole: Keeping Blind Cats Safe
Case in point: This weekend, I inadvertently left the basement door open. I was doing quite a lot of gardening, moving in and out of the house, and I left the door open just a wee crack. When I came in from gardening, I noticed Lucy at the bottom of the stairs. I haven't fully Lucy-proofed the basement, so we don't let her down there. She could easily stumble on something sharp, wet or broken until I get around to fixing it up.
I scolded her from my high perch, and up she came running. But she somehow got startled as she was coming up the stairs, perhaps feeling a draft on her whiskers from the open laundry chute, and she took an abrupt turn to the right. Down the chute she went, which is a drop of about 10 feet.
This time, we got lucky. She didn't sprain anything but her dignity, and I carried her upstairs again to her bed to recover. But I should state that we got lucky. She could have easily broken her neck.
I'll take this as my reminder to close the doors and/or install some more baby gates. For more blind cat safety tips, click here. I should state that these tips seem to be geared toward sighted cats that are now blind.