Do Siamese Cats Go Blind With Age?

Siamese cats have captivating eyes, don’t they? Their striking blue eyes, indeed, are windows to their soul. Did you know their eyesight can change over time, just like ours?

Not all Siamese cats go blind as they age. Many Siamese cats can see well throughout their lives. But, some Siamese cats may develop age-related vision problems. Retinal degeneration, cataracts, or glaucoma could lead to blindness.

What happens to our Siamese cats‘ vision as they journey through their golden years? Let’s find out!

Do Siamese Cats Go Blind Early?

Siamese cats do not necessarily go blind early. Many of them have a good vision from their early to senior years. However, they can develop vision issues due to retinal degeneration, injury, or infection. 

Retinal degeneration

Siamese cats may experience vision issues early due to retinal degeneration. This condition can impair their vision over time.

Retinal degeneration is a condition that affects the cells in the retina. The retina processes light and transmits visual signals to the brain. 

In cats, retinal degeneration can occur during their early years. It causes the cells in their retina to deteriorate or become damaged. It gradually affects their vision as the cells in their retina deteriorate. It may cause blurry vision. It may also cause difficulty seeing in low light or blindness in severe cases.

Siamese cats may inherit a genetic mutation that makes them more prone to this condition. Regular veterinary care and eye examinations can help detect retinal degeneration early.

Be proactive in monitoring your cat’s vision in his early years. Seek vet care if you suspect any issues.


1. Minor accidents 

Siamese cats may experience minor accidents, like falling on the ground or getting hit by something. These accidents can cause scratches on the outer layer of their eyes. These can also cause severe injuries, like broken bones around their eyes. 

2. Fights or trauma

Siamese cats may fight with other cats or animals if they are often outside. The fights can cause eye injuries. Scratches, bites, or hits to the eye area can cause serious harm to their eyes.

Scratches to the front part of the eye from the fight can cause pain, tearing, and corneal ulcers. Meanwhile, an intense impact or deep bite can lead to iris damage or even vision loss.

Keeping your cat indoors most of the time is the best way to prevent fights with other cats. You can give your cat enough stimulation through interactive toys and enrichment games. These activities will reduce your cat’s urge to venture outside.

3. Chemical exposure

Our cats may accidentally get exposed to chemicals, like cleaning solutions or insecticides. These chemicals can hurt their eyes and cause burns, inflammation, or damage to the cornea. 

Keep your cat away from these chemicals to protect his eyes and health.

At What Age Do Siamese Cats Go Blind?

Siamese cats do not go blind at a specific age. Eye conditions and genetic predispositions are the main reasons cats go blind.

Also, not all Siamese cats go blind as they age. There is no direct correlation between blindness in cats and their age or seniority.

Progressive retinal atrophy

Some Siamese cats may inherit progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) or retinal degeneration. This condition can cause them to go blind at a young age. 

Some Siamese cats show signs of vision loss due to PRA as early as 3-4 months old. Others may show symptoms until they are around 1-2 years old. 


A cataract is another condition that can also affect Siamese cats’ eyes. Cataracts are like clouds that form in the cat’s eye, blocking the passage of light. 

This cloudiness can make it difficult for the cat to see clearly. It can also lead to blindness in severe cases. Cataracts are more common in cats around 7 to 10 years old. 


Glaucoma is another condition that can affect Siamese cats’ vision. It increases the pressure inside the eye. It causes pain, redness, and cloudiness as the pressure builds up. It also changes the size of the cat’s pupil. 

Glaucoma is more common in older cats around 7 to 8 years old. It can develop gradually or suddenly. 

Both gradual and sudden-onset glaucoma can be severe conditions. It needs prompt diagnosis and treatment. Consult your cat’s vet if you suspect your kitty may be experiencing any symptoms of glaucoma.

Tips For Caring For A Siamese Cat With Age-Related Vision Problems:

1. Keep hazards out of the way.

Ensure your cat’s area is clear of cluttered pathways and sharp objects they could trip over.

2. Create sensory pathways.

Use scented markers or textured mats to guide your cat around the house. You can place a lavender-scented mat near your cat’s food dish. You can also put a textured mat near his litter box.

3. Establish a predictable routine.

Set up a consistent daily routine for your cat. Fix his feeding, grooming, and playtime schedule. This will help provide stability and reduce your cat’s anxiety.

4. Provide generous lighting.

Ensure the areas where your cat spends most of his time have good lighting. 

Good lighting will aid your cat’s vision. Make sure the living room, bedroom, or play area is well-lit. Also, avoid overly bright lights that can cause discomfort or glare. 

5. Use tactile landmarks.

Place rugs, raised mats, or scratching posts around your home. This will help your cat navigate and orient himself using his sense of touch.

6. Set up a “cat-safe” room.

Designate a specific room as a safe space for your cat to play and explore. It will be your cat’s spacious and less cluttered safe area. Make sure your cat won’t encounter any blocks or harmful items.

7. Provide auditory stimulation.

Offer toys that make soft noises. These can encourage playtime and provide auditory stimulation. Ensure the toys are safe and appropriate for your cat’s size and play style. Avoid toys with tiny parts that could pose a choking hazard. 

8. Offer positive reinforcement.

Use treats, gentle petting, and praise to encourage your cat’s successful navigation. It will boost your furry friend’s confidence and motivation. For example, you can reward your cat with treats when he reaches a designated area.

9. Use scent enrichment.

Cats with age-related vision problems may become anxious due to decreased visual ability. One effective method is to use scent enrichment to create a calming environment for your cat. You can do this by diffusing calming scents in areas where your cat spends most of their time.
Thanks for reading! Check out my blog post about common Siamese cat eye problems here.

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Katerina Gasset

Katerina Gasset is a seasoned Siamese cat breeder with a passion that spans over 18 years. Her love for these distinctive felines has not only led her to breed them, but also to dedicate herself to the rescue and wellbeing of the Siamese breed. Currently, she is the proud owner of two charismatic Siamese cats named Batman and Robyn, whose antics and unique personalities often inspire her work. As a well-established author and blogger, Katerina leverages her extensive knowledge of Siamese cats in her writings. She is the sole creator and owner of, a comprehensive online platform that serves as a repository of practical advice and fascinating insights into the world of Siamese cats. Through her enlightening articles, she assists countless cat owners in better understanding and taking care of their Siamese companions. More than a breeder, Katerina is an advocate for the breed. Her commitment goes beyond mere appreciation; she is dedicated to educating others on the complexities and joys of living with Siamese cats, sharing her wisdom with a community of fellow Siamese cat lovers worldwide. Whether you're a seasoned Siamese cat owner or just beginning your journey, Katerina's informative and engaging content is a valuable resource.

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