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Old 02-10-2013, 11:00 AM   #11 (permalink)
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This was the first one I watched. Such a cute kitty!
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Oskar's people lived in Omaha when they brought him home. Oskar, much like Homer, are great examples of cats not only overcoming disabilities, but thriving with them. Thanks to them and many other "special needs" feline stars on youtube, the negative stereotype of "unadoptable" pets is being broken.

Oskar's brother Klaus was adopted from the shelter where I volunteer and is a special guy in his own right. See his story in this newsletter...

http://www.thecathouse.org/newslette...08/april08.pdf
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What a great story about Klaus! Sounds like a wonderful rescue to volunteer for! Off topic but did the black cat Luna ever get adopted?

There are so many hidden treasures in feral cat colonies! You are right, the stereotype of unadoptable or should be put to sleep line of thought is being broken. Thanks to books, internet and utubes!
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This is all really good for me to hear. I just watched the video on Homer's Odyssey. That author & her cat are really cute. Maybe, once Calyx adjusts, he'll show his superpowers too.

And bless that woman with the blind cat sanctuary! What a wonderful environment (I hope they win that $10K challenge)

I tried playing with Calyx with little jingle-bell balls, but I think he's still feeling poorly. But it is good to rethink his toys, and shift toward ones with distinct sounds.

Regarding Klaus, I feel like my cat has already been therapy (don't we all think that?) He helped me through graduate school, work... life.

Mitts & Tess: Good idea with the cat eye specialist. I didn't think about that. Luckily, where I live there are a ton of specialists & I found one that gets 5 stars on Yelp with 20 reviews - just a half mile away. I called & spoke to an assistant today & they were kind enough to say "delay bringing him in until he recovers" (I feel like some places automatically default to "bring your cat in!!!" no matter what you say)

I think its interesting that veterinary medicine has branched out & become specialized. I feel like this wasn't the case 20 years ago. I suppose it's for the better - and hopefully this animal ophthalmologist can help Calyx.

Now I just have to get him to eat on his own...
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Oskar might be the cutest little ball of fur I've ever seen! It wasn't clear to me whether Homer's been blind by birth or whether he went blind at some point later. But both videos show that blind kitties can have very happy lives. When Margaux doesn't play, it isn't because she can't see - either she's sleepy, hungry, or not feeling well.

Calyx, your poor kitty! That sounds like an awful experience at the vet. It does seem logical that if Calyx's sight had already been affected by retinal hemorrhaging due to hypertension, a sudden rise in blood pressure may have just caused the retina to detach completely. And if the spike in blood pressure was caused by pain due to not enough anesthesia, then I'd have to say that the vet really messed up that surgery. I'd never go back.

I'm so glad you found an eye specialist! I wish there were one here, but the closest is 3 hours away. I don't know whether it would be worth making an appointment. I don't want to stress her needlessly with 6 hours in the car in one day, especially since I think Margaux's blindness is irreversible. I hope Calyx's isn't!

About the edge-of-stairs issue. Maybe put a little rug remnant, a few inches shorter than the width of the stairs, over the carpet at the top of the stairs. The difference in texture would alert him that something was different there. And if the carpet isn't entirely covered, he'll recognize that the stairs are still there. My carpet strips leave about 5" free on either side (the stairs are really wide). If you don't want him to use the stairs at all, you could try buying a rug in a texture he doesn't like. Margaux hates anything plush, so if I wanted her to stay off a surface, I'd buy the plushest bath rug I could find. I have 3 in the bathroom, and she carefully walks around each one.
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Oskar is indeed amazingly cute. I remember watching the video a while ago (during one of my late night cat video marathons ) and it made me cry. Such a brave little boy!

Homer wasn't born blind, but at two weeks of age he was brought into the vet as a stray with a bad eye infection. The vet decided the infection was too far gone to treat and save his eyes, so she removed his eyes to save him. She figured that since his eyes hadn't yet opened naturally, that he wouldn't know the difference. he would live his life assuming all he had were his other senses. i know this because I started reading Homers' book just yesterday!
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Just thought I'd post a picture of my baby. This was him before all this happened.

Spirite - that's hilarious about the plush rug! Heh, Calyx isn't that discerning. But I think the texture change is a good idea - I just have to think about how to do it without altering the apartment (I'm just a renter). Maybe I can put masking tap along the edge of the stairs? In any case, right now, it's blocked with a huge pillow, I'm not taking any chances.

To those of you that have blind cats, specifically ones that experienced the onset of blindness in adulthood: did you notice weird behaviors? Calyx is seeking dark places (behind the fridge, underneath chairs/stairs, etc) And he's acting weird. I came home yesterday to find him comfortably resting in his covered kitty litter - like it was a pillow or something.

He's getting better, not sicker, so this is just weird. I was even wondering if the hypertension was so high that he had a stroke - but he has no unilateral weakness or anything. Just weird behavior.

So when did your cats get back to semi-normal? Or maybe it wasn't so acute, so it was a slower adjustment time.
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Ahhhh....such a precious baby! Calyx's paws are so big! They look like my Sami's paws. She's quite small because of malnourishment but you can tell how big she's supposed to be from her paws!
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What a great story about Klaus! Off topic but did the black cat Luna ever get adopted?
I second Mitts. Great story! And I am also very curious if black Luna ever got adopted? I sure hope so...




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Just thought I'd post a picture of my baby. This was him before all this happened.

To those of you that have blind cats, specifically ones that experienced the onset of blindness in adulthood: did you notice weird behaviors? Calyx is seeking dark places (behind the fridge, underneath chairs/stairs, etc) And he's acting weird. I came home yesterday to find him comfortably resting in his covered kitty litter - like it was a pillow or something.

So when did your cats get back to semi-normal? Or maybe it wasn't so acute, so it was a slower adjustment time.
Awww, what a sweetie he is!

I wonder if his hiding is more about the fact that the spaces are small rather than that they're dark? He may feel insecure with large spaces to navigate, whereas if he's under something or behind something, he's in a fairly enclosed area.

Margaux didn't exhibit any behaviors like that, but hers was a gradual decline. Because Calyx's eyesight, while it may have been deteriorating slowly, really diminished suddenly and he doesn't understand what's happened, he may just be trying to comfort himself. How does he react when you go to him when he's hiding?

The one time Margaux acted strangely was when the vet gave her Valium to calm her down when they were trying to get her blood pressure and she was screaming bloody murder. Apparently, in rare cases, Valium has the opposite effect. Margaux got completely agitated and her pupils were completely dilated. She walked around the apartment yowling all night, like she was completely unfamiliar with it, even though we'd lived there for about 4 years at that time. She was already almost completely blind, so I don't know if the Valium took away what tiny bit of vision she had, or whether it just made her hyper and anxious. I knew she was completely disoriented and unhappy though.

As I mentioned, the only difference in behavior is that she's become more needy. I am still surprised by how much attention she wants from me. Surprised, but happy.

So I don't know how long it will take for Calyx to adjust. I think all you can do is give him lots of love and, other than doing things like blocking off the stairs, try to keep your regular routine. Wave wand toys by his paws, or roll ball toys that make noise, in a smallish, clear space. Maybe this will build his confidence that he can still do things that he used to do. Margaux always seems happier when I try to play with her (she's never been very big into play; and toy mice are apparently beneath her dignity).
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