Karma Kitten, deaf and mute, but not unloved


This is Karma, a sweet 3-5 month old kitten that Foster Mum is caring for. She’s very insecure because she’s apparently deaf, and she’s suspected to be mute too. She’s been with Foster Mum for about 1-2 months now.

Recently, Foster Mum has been worrying more for her, because she started having fits. It happens almost daily, and usually late at night. So Foster Mum wakes up at night to check on her.

Karma on 25 Nov.

Karma’s vids on 25 Nov. She also seems to be physically deformed – note her legs and her back. But she is very sweet and gentle, though a bit shy.

Please also read about Vegancat’s Appeal for Little Karma


10 responses to “Karma Kitten, deaf and mute, but not unloved

  1. I think like hearing-impaired human, perhaps cats also need to hear to “meow”. A human is not “mute” because he or she can’t talk but he or she never hears sound to learn to speak. Nowaways hearing-challenged can learn to vocalize but I doubt anyone can teach Little Karma how to meow.
    I think it is no longer polite to refer to hearing-challenged as a mute altough it is not as bad as being referred to in the past as “dumb”.

  2. Yeah, agree. She’s got the tool but dunno how to use it because the means to learn it, her hearing is impaired.

    Btw, hearing-impaired = can’t hear, mute= can’t speak, no?

    While I agree about the unsavoury innuendo of referring to someone who can’t speak as “dumb”, what’s so impolite about describing someone who can’t speak as mute? It is simply a word to describe the inability to speak. Dumb was too, until colloquialism and slang perverted it.

    I get the protocol of politeness but these days politeness tend to drive political correctness . And sometimes political correctness goes too far, eg the US trend to relabel season’s greetings for Xmas into blandly neutral “Happy Holiday”.

  3. National Association of the Deaf

    Let’s us non-deaf, non-mute people “hear” it from the “deaf”. I think this is only “politically” polite.

    Deaf-Mute — Another offensive term from the 18th-19th century, “mute” also means silent and without voice. This label is technically inaccurate, since deaf and hard of hearing people generally have functioning vocal chords. The problem lies with the fact that to successfully modulate your voice, you need to be able to hear your own voice. Again, because deaf and hard of hearing people use various methods of communication other than using their voices, they are not truly mute. True communication occurs when one’s message is understood by others, and they can respond in kind.

  4. And i thought mute is just an acceptable adjective/noun, especially since the online merriem webster does not list it as offensive (it does dumb).

    So then, what do you call people who can’t/don’t speak?

    BTW, I disdain politics, it is D.I.R.T.Y. People make too mcuh of an issue of things, sometimes misguidedly. For example, no one today minds being called cute, it has come far from it’s original meaning.

  5. a·pha·sia /əˈfeɪʒə/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[uh-fey-zhuh] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation
    –noun Pathology.
    the loss of a previously held ability to speak or understand spoken or written language, due to disease or injury of the brain.
    [Origin: 1865–70;

  6. I agree that it is just label and shouldn’t affect a person who has inner confidence. However where there is general displeasure about terms such as nigger or ching-chong, then perphaps some politically nudging might be needed to preserve some societal harmony.
    I was attending sign language classes at S’pore Assoc. for the Deaf and it was there that i was taught that some hearing-impaired people did not like the term “mute”. Out of respect for my wonderful hearing-impaired teachers, i thought I would just share this bit i know.

  7. Thanks! Something new to me.

    According to m-w.com, a person with aphasia is an aphasic. So it’s not so useless after all 😛 There’s sound bite with pronunciation on the link.

    Yes, totally agree with your view. I guess I should make it clear I was also going ott for a bit with some of my previous comments. BTW, it can be sad when a perfectly sensible phrase or term is perverted into something unsavoury by meanness… I guess it is human nature.

  8. i have re4cently acquired a kitten that also appears to be mute. when he obviously meows no sound comes out of his mouth. do kittens out grow this? please write back if you know more about this situation. thanks,

  9. Hi Pati,
    Your kitten may just have a soft voice?

    Info aplenty on the net. I googled “cats deaf” and got these results. Among them is this page about testing for deafness.

    However, it’s best to let a vet examine him to be sure if you haven’t done so. Good luck, and if you don’t mind, do come back and share your experience so we can learn.

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