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My Blind Foster Kitties Laverne & Shirley

I love the quote from Rolling Dog Ranch founder Steve Smith "Although these
animals may have disabilities, they do not consider themselves handicapped."
This is so true. Blind cats donít sit around and say "why me". They happily
just get on with life.

My two blind foster kitties are a delight. I just wanted to share a few
cute things they did.

My friends Lee and Anna walk to church each morning. My cats love
to sit on my desk and look out the office window in the morning sun.
One morning who should they see looking out the window but blind
Laverne. Just sitting there with the rest of the cats like she could
see everything going on. I guess she was hearing everything going
on outside. How she got up there I donít know!

The other blind kitty, Shirley, decided to have a run with
White Soxs who was having rocket butt runs. Shirley
was right behind her the entire time drafting like bike racers
do. White Soxs ran around the living room, thru the hall into
the office and then back again. Shirley didnít miss a beat or
loose her on a turn! She was a couple inches behind her
the entire time.

They may not be able to see but their sense of sound,
of movement, tactile senses are so heightened that
they can function just like any other cat.

Iíve had a gentleman come by and want to meet the blind cats,
asking me ďwell, where are they?Ē He was thinking I keep them
in a small, safe area. I told him "well one of them just walked by
you and turned the corner into the living room"! He was amazed
that you couldnít tell they were blind and they act just like all
my sighted fosters!

If you ever get a chance to adopt a blind kitty donít hesitate.
They can memorize your house in one day. They know where
their food is and never miss the cat box. They run to the door
when you come home just like any other cat. They warm my
heart each time I enter my home and they are there to meet
me and love on me.

A heartwarming book titled Homers Odyssey by Gwen Cooper
is a heartwarming true story of her blind cat Homer. If you come
across it give it a read! It will change your perspective about
blind cats and their quality of life.
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The work you do is simply awe-inspiring, Merry!

I would take the blind kitties in a heartbeat if I didn't have the terrible twins. I'm always hoping Laverne and Shirley find a good home of their own, but I also know they probably already have the best one they could ever hope for.

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I canít take total credit for the blind kitties. Iíve had a lot of help. Esp my friends
Lee and Anna who have done miracles in spending time helping me socializing
them from being scared, sick, in pain cats to pain free, confident, well adjusted
cats. So many people jumped in to help them. It was truly amazing. I had no
idea what I was getting myself into and the cost and amount of effort.
I blindly (pun intended) went with my gut feelings that I had to help them.
Its been like a mini miracle.

I really want them to have a forever home of their own. Their own devoted
family. Being at my house, with the revolving door of fosters, you have to
split time with each cat to help them.

They have attained mini celebrity status in our small bedroom community.
Everyone comes to our farmerís market booth and asks about them. Its a
bit frustrating because no one has stepped forward to adopt them. I
know they think they will be expensive and a lot of work like they are
helpless. When in fact they are less trouble than my sighted fosters!
They donít jump up & open doors, or door dash outside, or jump from my couch
the top of my grandfather clock , or walk on counters like my
sighted rascals do! They are totally healthy now and not expensive
except to buy litter and quality cat food!
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Merry, those girls sound lovely. What you and others did for them was very touching. I wish I could foster or help out. I've volunteered at the local Humane Society a few times with my best friend to help spend time with their cats and dogs. But, with Brandy being a terror towards Bella, I doubt she'd ever let me bring additional cats into the mix.

But, I just wanted to say a Thank you to you and others that do all the kind gentle work on this forum. People like you are what gives others faith in this world. I judge a person on how they treat their animal, lucky for me, I am surrounded by animal lovers in my life.
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Ilove your Laverne and Shirley stories, Merry!
It would be neat to have more insight into how they "see" the world.
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Thanks John. The blind kitties put me on a crash coarse on how cats
think and percieve. They truly changed my world. I dont just think but
know that every life counts. With a little bit of effort you can change a
cats life and they blossom. They pay you back a thousand times over with
their happiness, trust and bond they form with you.

But you already know this as with your experience with Arienwen.
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They donít jump up & open doors, or door dash outside, or jump from my couch
the top of my grandfather clock , or walk on counters like my
sighted rascals do!
Would you take the twins in a trade?

Cali, Cinderella, Cleo and Charlee

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Merry, Laverne and Shirley are amazing kitties! They're lucky to have you, and I'll bet you feel grateful to have them!




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