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Kitty Kataracts ??
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Jim(MO)    Posted 11-22-2004 at 08:55:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Do cats get cataracts ? I noticed awhile back that our cat (14 years old) seemed to be haveing a problem seeing things at a distance. She even kind of shys away from me until I speak to her. Her eyes don't appear to be cloudy looking directly into them but when the light hits her right eye at an angle it reflect a golden color. The left eye does a little but not nearly as much. The pupil in her right eye seems to be larger most of the time like there is not as much light entering as the other eye.

KellyGa    Posted 11-22-2004 at 09:04:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I believe so. I have two 14 year old cats myself, and one of them, the boy, seems to have that clouded look when the eye takes on the reflective look. He still seems to see good enough. Not much you can do really. Just love em.

Red Dave    Posted 11-22-2004 at 09:02:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know much about cats, but when I was a kid we had an old dog that I'm pretty sure had them.
I don't know any reason why they couldn't get them, other than their average lifespan may not be long enough for it to happen very often.

KellyGa    Posted 11-22-2004 at 09:08:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Red Dave, had to say this about a cats lifespan. The only reason the average is low is because they get killed so easily if they are outside cats. My friends moms cat is 18, and he is still kicking on, my sisters cat was 19 when he died, and my MILs cat died when he was a ripe old 24! WOW! I expect since my cats are indoor cats, they could see close to 20 with no problem, I hope so at least. :)

Red Dave    Posted 11-22-2004 at 09:58:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's what I was trying to say, but some things don't read quite the same way I think them :)

That old dog was about 17 or 18 when her eyesight got bad. She was just old and worn out. Not a lot of dogs or cats get to that age, for various reasons.
Nature's way is to have a predator take them as soon as they get a little slow or lose some of their eyesight or hearing. We protect them from that by bringing them inside, away from the "real" world.
She was a good old dog too, Dad gave her to me for my third birthday. We grew up together.
Long time ago now.

toolman    Posted 11-22-2004 at 09:55:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
i have a friend and his wife who loves cats they take in strays and find homes for them, they have two cats now that are 18 and 20 i belive,i think they can get just about anything nowadays, i would ask your vet.

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