As you know, we try to keep things positive here at ATC, but we also try to be honest too. Jim and I have noticed that Tucker has lost a significant portion of his hearing, probably in the past couple of months. He no longer responds when you call his name, and will sometimes get startled when woken from a nap.
We "tested" what he can hear by doing different voices/sounds from different places around the house. Unless he can see us, or is sitting on one of us and can feel the vibration of our voice, he doesn't respond. It saddens me greatly, because he's always been so responsive to our voices. I've started using hand gestures when talking to him, but he has cataracts too, and I know his sight is waning. It's hell getting old, but at least cats don't have the awareness that we do. He lives in the moment.
I'm not sure what brought this on--did his outdoor adventure take its toll? Just old age? I've read that some antibiotics can cause deafness, but he hasn't had any since last May. He regularly gets check ups and bloodwork (every six months) and nothing shows up there.
If anyone has experience with a deaf cat or tips, I'd sure appreciate it. We know cats are amazing animals and can adapt well, but we want to help him as much as possible.