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Longblades December 24th, 2012 07:54 AM

Test For Hearing Loss NOW
 
I've posted about deaf cat howl three times recently so thought I would share a home made test I've devised. This is for any critter you have that likes treats. I'm most familiar with dogs and cats and I know, and have experienced first hand, the changes it can make in your pet's behaviour. The problem is that our pets and we adapt to each other and learn to communicate in ways that don't always require vocalization or even much visual interchange. Like old married couples we get into a groove and know each other well enough language is not necessary. So the onset of hearing loss can be insiduous.

First establish the range of your pet's hearing. I dropped a cornflake into my dog's stainless steel bowl. She could hear it from the farthest reaches of our house, even way down in the basement. And up she would come on the run to gobble it up. A year later she could not hear it from that distance.

Start with a favourite treat when pet is hungry and drop it into the dish in plain view. This is like "loading" your clicker, if any of you clicker train. Once pet knows what the sound means start doing it when pet is further away. Till you know the limit. Then test every few months. You never know, it might come in handy for you some day and it's a bit of fun for both of you.

marko December 24th, 2012 08:43 AM

I think this is a FAB idea - thanks a ton for sharing it LB :highfive: :goodvibes:

Koteburo January 4th, 2013 02:45 PM

This is good.
At my parents here they have one deaf white cat (since birth most likely) and an 18 year old senior cat that due to age has experienced some hearing loss. Not completely but quite noticeable and it crawled on them just as you mentioned.

Barkingdog January 4th, 2013 10:20 PM

[QUOTE=Longblades;1051237]I've posted about deaf cat howl three times recently so thought I would share a home made test I've devised. This is for any critter you have that likes treats. I'm most familiar with dogs and cats and I know, and have experienced first hand, the changes it can make in your pet's behaviour. The problem is that our pets and we adapt to each other and learn to communicate in ways that don't always require vocalization or even much visual interchange. Like old married couples we get into a groove and know each other well enough language is not necessary. So the onset of hearing loss can be insiduous.

First establish the range of your pet's hearing. I dropped a cornflake into my dog's stainless steel bowl. She could hear it from the farthest reaches of our house, even way down in the basement. And up she would come on the run to gobble it up. A year later she could not hear it from that distance.

Start with a favourite treat when pet is hungry and drop it into the dish in plain view. This is like "loading" your clicker, if any of you clicker train. Once pet knows what the sound means start doing it when pet is further away. Till you know the limit. Then test every few months. You never know, it might come in handy for you some day and it's a bit of fun for both of you.[/QUOTE]

I know Marty hearing is fine. He will always come into the kitchen when I am cooking and he will had been in a deep sleep . He does not miss a thing when it come to food.


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