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Deaf Animals         

What You Will Notice                                    
What They Will Notice More        
Waking Gently From Sleeping
Never Leave Outside Alone
A Hearing Buddy
Frightened
Protection From Sunburn
What They Can Teach Us

LInks For Deaf Animals
Recommended Reading
 

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                                      “Practical sympathy toward those in need 
                                 dispels the darkness of separation between souls                   
                        and is the light by which one can see all hearts tied together     
                                    with the singular golden cord of divine love”.   
                                                  Paramahansa Yogananda

         
                                Razzi as a baby                                               Little Miss Coconut    

What You Will Notice
Deaf animals function just like others except they cannot hear audible sounds. But they can feel vibrations much more strongly then the ones who can hear.

When an animal is born deaf they do not know they cannot hear because they have never experienced it and usually do not have any adjustments to make or emotional issues to deal with. But animals who have lost their hearing later in life sometimes have a difficult time emotionally because they are no longer able to understand their caretakers and things around them as they did before. This can sometimes be very frightening to animals. Suddenly they feel disconnected from their world. The use of hand signals gives them a great sense of relief and helps them feel connected once again to their people. I have found that animals born without hearing and ones that loose their hearing later in life, benefit greatly from the use of hand signals. This gives the caretaker a way to communicate in a clear and simple way their needs and wants to the animal and in return it helps the animal understand and feel connected.

You will notice with deaf animals and people there is usually an increase in the volume to their voices. This is normal for them. Many times people tell me when their older animal has lost their hearing they will bark or meow loudly, often times being in a state of emotional upset. Even the ones born deaf will do the same thing at times. Using hands signals when they are looking at you, turning a light off and on near them where it can get their attention or tapping the floor with your foot to make vibrations the animal can feel is very calming and re-assuring as it lets them know where you are and that you see and notice them, letting them know they are still connected to you and are not alone. Even though animals and humans do not speak the same language we usually learn to understand each other through facial expressions and body language. Animals learn the sounds of certain words we use, as we learn the different sounds the animals make and their associated meanings. They learn tonal fluctuations and the vibrations we send through our words. When we use the same word with joy and love and then again with anger, the animal knows the difference right away and so do people. We also learn through the animals body language and the differences in their tonal fluctuations and vibrations in voices, what they are communicating to us. But when the audible sounds are not heard, body language and other forms of communication are needed to help us understand each other.

Deaf animals do not know when they have knocked something over or down, but they can feel the vibrations. Hearing animals, especially cats, usually learn right away from the loud sound of something hitting a surface not to do it again. Deaf cats do not, and sometimes in doing so can cause injuries to themselves. So more understanding is needed when you live with a deaf animal and sometimes your home will need to be kitty proofed a few more steps then with a cat that can hear.

What They Will Notice More
The other remaining senses will become more acute in a deaf animal, especially vision. In cats born deaf, you find they are more attracted to anything that glitters or shines. A reflection off something shiny is great entertainment. Things hanging from windows or on walls that shine, will become wonderful cat toys and past time. You will find deaf cats unafraid of the vacuum cleaner and most enjoy going for a ride atop of them as they love the feel of the vibrations. And some like mine, love to be gently vacuumed with the small hose attachment with a brush. If you find your animal companion enjoys this too, do so very gently as some vacuum’s have a very strong suction and can hurt an animal. You may find deaf animals like mine, enjoy other ways of feeling vibrations such as standing in a bathroom, maybe on the top of the shower doors, meowing loudly as this produces vibrations they can feel. Also mine love to run fast and hard into the vertical blinds against a window or door, as this is also a fun way to feel the vibrations the blinds create as they hit the window and each other. Here again, patience is needed as they may do things we do not understand and may find as inappropriate behavior. But if you delve into the moment deeply you will find they are just having a wonderful time exploring their surroundings and life as they know it in their world of silence. 


        
                               Coconut                                                                   Razzi

Waking Gently From Sleeping
When a deaf animal is sleeping care should be taken when waking them. Usually touching them in the same place every time you want to wake them helps them realize it is you or another family member and need not be afraid or frightened. Very gently tapping the floor or surface near them, where they are sleeping will wake them as they can feel the vibrations. I find it amazing how they feel the lightest of taps when I am trying to wake them. Placing your hand a few inches in front of their noses without touching them allows them to wake up gently by smelling your presence. You can also use their food or treat held a few inches from their nose. Whatever way you use to wake them, do it gently so as not to startle them. No one likes to be woken abruptly.

Deaf dogs may react with a startle from the strong vibrations of a big truck going by. Give lots of reassurance and have treats available so they can relate the experience with something pleasant. Always use positive reinforcement and a calm reassuring voice when fear in involved. Remember even though they cannot hear your voice they can feel the vibrations and the energy coming from it.

Never Leave Outside Alone

Deaf dogs should never be left outside alone for long periods of time or in unfenced yards. Anywhere you take your deaf dog, be sure to have a leash on them at all times so you can keep them safe from unseen dangers. Deaf cats should always be inside. Unlike the hearing, they cannot hear when danger is approaching. They cannot hear an approaching animal or your voice. Their deafness can many times make them happy go lucky, fearless little souls that need our protection to keep them safe from the things they do not understand and cannot hear.

A Hearing Buddy
Having a hearing animal with a deaf one is of great benefit to them. They learn to pickup clues from the hearing animal. With both cats and dogs the deaf ones will quickly learn to watch the hearing ones and follow their lead. They will know when you come home because they see the other one run to the door. They know when dinner is about to be served because they see their buddy go to the kitchen and many times start to know the familiar vibrations, smells and movements coming from the kitchen.

Frightened - From Something They Do Not Understand
Sometimes deaf animals will become frightened from something they do not understand, such as a strong smell, something they have never smelled before, seeing a strange person, feeling a different or strong vibration, being awakened suddenly. These times may last for minutes, hours or days. I have found the use of Anaflora flower essences help restore their balance and confidence and I have found it remarkable how quickly they return the animal to a state of wholeness and wellbeing. Because deaf animals are so sensitive to vibrations they respond quickly to the healing vibrations of flower essences. Return to Joy especially when used on the onset of a frightening moment is of great benefit to the animal. Return to Joy can be used in any situation where there is fear, stress, injury and trauma or any emergency situation that would cause these emotions.

Protection From Sunburn
Most animals that are born deaf are usually all white or mainly all white. Having inherited the white gene for deafness this usually gives them pink skin that is very sensitive to getting sunburned combined with the fact that cats have the less amount of coat hair on their ears. Cats and dogs naturally love to sunbathe, but for deaf animals this is very dangerous as over exposure to the sun causes severe sunburn sometimes leading to cancer and can be fatal. Many times cats get cancer on their ears and will need their ear flaps surgically removed. It is very important to protect your deaf  or white animals from sunburn especially if you leave in high attitudes such as Colorado. Putting suntan lotion on ears can help. Use a natural product and one that is made for children to put on your pets, especially cats because they tend to lick off anything you put on them and ingest it. If you can, put your pets in a room that does not get direct sunlight through any window, but only indirect sunlight. Putting a UV film on your windows is a great help.

If you see that your deaf cat or dog ear flap edges have turned black and or the ears flaps are very red and inflamed (usually from the animals scratching them) be very careful to not allow them in the windows or outdoors to sunbathe between 10am to 4pm. I find living in Colorado on hot summer days the sun coming through the windows can still burn up to 6 pm . I use a natural product on my cats for sunburn that helps a lot and I don't have to worry if they lick it off. I use a calendula oil called "Calendula body oil" from bodyceuticals which you can purchase from health food stores and the cats don't mind it that much. It has only calendula oil, vitamin E oil and virgin olive oil for ingredients. I apply it twice a day morning and evening if I see black ear edges or red inflamed sores.
  

Websites for more info:
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/32569/prevent_sunburn_on_your_white_cats.html?cat=53
http://catnips.gophercentral.com/tag/cats-and-sunburn/
http://www.our-happy-cat.com/cat-summer-care.html
http://www.cat-world.com.au/SunburnInCats.htm

What They Can Teach Us
Deaf animals can teach us how to strengthen our intuitive communication. You will find it amazing how much stronger your connection and ability to communicate with them becomes through your use of hand signals, facial expressions, body language, ability to read and sense anothers energy and intuitive listening.

I have often wished when I am listening to a spiritual moving piece of music that my deaf kitties could hear it too. I would think, “ if only I could somehow let them feel how this music moves me”. And then I realized that they can feel the music, they can feel it through me. Just as we express our emotions through a loving look or touch or the intonations of our spoken words, it is the vibrations of our loving energy that are felt and received by the recipient of our directed love. If you have ever taken a speech class where someone recorded you saying a sentence with a big smile and then speaking the same sentence with a frown or in anger and then played it back, you can not only hear the difference but you can absolutely feel the difference in the sound of your voice and the energy it produces. So I started to experiment and found my cats can indeed feel the music through me as I lovingly gaze into their eyes, touch and caress their bodies with my hands and face and hold their bodies close to my heart sending the loving life force energy from my being to theirs. And when I do, they purr and wiggle and open and close their eyes slowly in what some call “kitty kisses” and respond in like, sending back to me their loving heart vibration energies. We are connecting heart to heart. They can absolutely feel the vibrations that are alive in each one of us. If you have ever been on a spiritual retreat where part or all of it is conducted in silence you will know exactly how this feels. It is a very powerful, uplifting experience. It is unmistakable that my deaf kittes can feel my loving energy as we connect heart to heart. What a beautiful way to express you love to the animals and all species who share this planet earth with us, as that is how they communicate with each other. 


Open your heart to the special one’s who need our understanding and patience so they can
also live their lives in a safe, loving and peaceful place.
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Links For Deaf Animals

DEAFDOG -  http://www.deafdogs.org/
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