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Reasons For Deafness In Cats

Jul 30th 2015 at 4:33 AM

Deafness or hearing problems in cats is caused by a number of reasons. Here are some important causes that have been identified:

Breed

Some cats have a higher risk of being born deaf. This is particularly true for cats with white haircoats and blue eyes like Persians, Ragdolls, Devon Rex, Scottish Folds, Maine Coone, Turkish Angora, Cornish Rex, and Oriental Shorthair.

 

Old Age

As cats enter their golden years, their sense of hearing slowly deteriorates because the delicate structures of the inner ear begin to lose sensitivity to vibration.

Illness

There are various underlying health problems that cause loss of hearing. The defect usually lies in the inability of the sound waves from reaching the nerves in the ear. Some common illnesses which are linked to hearing loss include degenerative changes to the nerves of the ear, infectious disease, injury to the ear, inflammation of the ear (outer or inner), tumors or cancer that affect the nerves in the ear

 

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