Are you concerned about your Bengal cat’s health and wonder whether or not your cat can go blind?
Well, we know the answer.
So, do Bengal cats go blind? Unfortunately, they can. The main causes of blindness in Bengal cats include Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Cataracts, and Entropion. If your Bengal cat goes blind, you need to ensure that you leave it at a place which it can recognize and never let it escape to the outdoors.
Explained below are the main reasons for a Bengal cat’s blindness and how to treat it blind Bengal cat:
1) Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) in Bengals: A leading cause of blindness
Progressive retinal atrophy is generally a group of multiple genetic disorders that have negative effects on the cat’s eye.
This disease causes atrophy (wasting) and degeneration of the retina which are a group of cells behind the eye and are sensitive to the light.
One way to identify PRA is to notice your cat’s behavior such as:
- Such a cat hesitates to walk around dim-lit rooms or hallways and would also avoid going down the staircase
- Another noticeable change would be in the personality of your Bengal cat right after dusk
- Your cat would prefer to stay in the house and eat whatever you provide it instead of going out in dark and trying to catch a prey
- With time, as the disease gets severe, the pupils of your Bengal cat would dilate in an unusual manner
Clinical signs would be able to be determined after at least six to seven weeks and would progress slowly.
Such Bengal cats experience complete blindness around the age of three to five years.
If you won’t be able to notice the aforementioned signs, then you would definitely get to know the problem once your Bengal cat would lose its vision completely and would start crashing into things.
2) Cataracts and blindness in Bengal cats
Bengal cats are vulnerable to cataracts eye disorder:
If your cat is infected by cataracts and not treated as soon as possible then it is likely to become blind.
Cataracts directly affect the lens of the eye which causes complete colorblindness and causes the eye lens to become opaque layer which covers the eye.
You would see an unusual change in the eye lens of your Bengal cat which indicates the infection.
There can be various reasons for this eye disorder such as:
- Cataracts can be caused due to an eye injury that your cat had
- It can be inherited from an infected or a carrier parent
- It can develop as a side effect of any other severe illness
Cataracts can be developed at any age of a Bengal cat’s life.
Most cases have been seen in an older aged Bengal cat.
But here’s a relief:
There are no possible threats to a Bengal cat’s life from this disease.
These cats adjust themselves even after the loss of their vision.
Cataracts is not a painful disease, it is, however, an irritating one because of the layer that makes vision blurred.
There is a proper cure for your cataract-affected Bengal cat to return its sight.
The infected eye lens can be cleared or changed through surgery.
If a Bengal cat is left with cataracts untreated, then that is where danger rings the bell.
Untreated cataract can lead to complete blindness and glaucoma as well.
3) Entropion as a major reason for blindness in Bengal cats
This is one of the most painful eye diseases is Entropion in which the eyelids get inverted themselves and cause complete loss of vision in the affected eye of a Bengal cat.
Entropion is a congenital disease.
Some of the symptoms that are linked to Entropion can be a cause as well.
Entropion is an extremely painful disorder that needs to be treated immediately.
The condition of your effected Bengal cat might get even worse.
The cat would feel irritation in the eye because of its eyelashes that would be rubbing against the cornea so, it would start scratching its eye.
Scratching the eye for even a few seconds can lead to greater damages such as worse infections and even loss of complete eyesight.
The basic symptoms of Entropion in Bengal cats include:
- Non-stop blinking of eyes
- Mucus discharge
- Swollen eyelids
- Pawing their eye
Immediate action should be taken once you notice any of the aforementioned symptoms in your Bengal cat.
Your affected Bengal cat can be cured and can see everything like before if you take actions as soon as possible i.e. take it to the vet for the surgery of corrupted eyelid.
How to take care of a blind Bengal cat?
Living with a blind Bengal cat can be challenging.
Here are a few tips that might help you in taking care of your blind cat:
2. Do not change your perfume
Your Bengal cat would definitely recognize your voice and your smell.
It is important not to change the perfume you usually wear and that you think your pet recognizes so that it identifies its loved ones.
4. Do not move the furniture
It is recommended not to move the furniture especially the big ones in your house because a blind Bengal cat would use its memory to navigate the house.
If you change the arrangement of bigger furniture items then your cat might get confused and emotional and would start bumping into things such as walls, furniture, and doors.
6. Pick it up cautiously
If you have to pick your blind cat up for whatever reason and place it somewhere else, then try to put it at a place which it could sense you easily.
Place it near its litter/food box, its toy or somewhere it knows and can orient itself.
Other health problems in Bengal cats
Following are some common and uncommon health disorders in Bengal cats:
|Common diseases in Bengal cats||Uncommon diseases in Bengal cats|
|Progressive Retinal Atrophy||Entropion|
|Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy||Psychogenic Alopecia|
|Chronic Renal Failure|
Are Bengal cats aggressive? Bengal cats are not aggressive every time, however, there are certain reasons that can trigger the aggressive side of a Bengal cat such as; its litter box issues.
Bengal cats are comparatively much affectionate than other cat breeds.
Are Bengals lap cats? Bengal cats are not certainly lap-lovers even when they go blind.
They love to be free, explore places, enjoy on their own rather than sitting in their owner’s lap and getting gently patted.
How to save a Bengal cat from developing serious health issues? Well:
The first and foremost thing you would need to do is ask the cat seller to provide you a handwritten guarantee that the cat you are buying has no health issues and is vaccinated.
If the cat isn’t vaccinated but has a provided health guarantee then the second important thing to do is take your cat to a vet and complete its vaccination course.