As you know, our own Maxwell (the handsome cat on the right hand side of our header) came to us completely deaf.
So of course, we couldn't let this week pass without acknowledging that this is Deaf Pet Awareness week.
We were actually a bit surprised to learn from Petfinder that some people think deaf pets are less intelligent than hearing animals.
Or that they need some kind of hearing companion to function.
In fact, we've found Maxwell to be the most inquisitive of all our cats. He was the first to discover how to open drawers and cabinet doors (and promptly teach Faraday how to do it too!).
He's always right there when Marty has some kind of home project going on - the more mechanical (or in the image below, electrical!) the better.
|(electricity was OFF, and Max gave out lots of advice!)|
We could not agree more - and we find it saddening that people might avoid adopting these special animals because of a misconception like this.
We thank Petfinder for bringing the "less adoptable" nature of deaf animals to the forefront this week.
Another thing we'd like to point out is Petfinder's warning: "The only real caveat in adopting a deaf pet is that it should never be allowed to roam freely outdoors unless it is in a securely fenced enclosure, since they cannot hear cars or other dangers approaching."
We can't emphasize this point enough. Maxwell never ever goes out. And if you need a visual aid as to why, just take a look at how Maxie reacts to the "danger" of an oncoming vacuum cleaner in the video below.
Notice he doesn't react to it at all - until he sees it out of the corner of his eye. Had he been outside, and that been a car - he would not have made it.
Petfinder also debunked the myth that a deaf pet "needs" a hearing companion to function successfully.
We can attest to that. Maxie functions just fine inside the home, thank you very much!
And he has the very cutest little "meep". True, it's highly unusual sound for such a vocal breed as Siamese. But it's too darned cute!
And yes, they can be taught sign language. Though we must warn you...in teaching a deaf cat sign language, be prepared for him to ignore you when you say "no" - just like all hearing cats do!