Life with a Blind Cat – Stevie’s Story Continued

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Stevie

Stevie enjoys going outside.

It’s been almost a year since I brought home my blind kitten. She’s now a blind cat! If you came to visit her at my house, you would never even guess that she’s completely blind. She jumps on the furniture and runs around like a normal cat. She even loves sitting in the window sills. We have a fully fenced in back yard, and I occasionally let Stevie run around in our backyard. She hasn’t figured out how to climb the 6’ privacy fence yet, but she does get in the lower branches of our weeping willow. There’s a cat that lives in my neighborhood and frequently hops into my back yard. He’s a neutered, male named H.B.   H.B. technically belonged to the people who lived in my house before my family moved in. Since they left him behind, I see to it that he’s fed, well vaccinated, and has a warm place to sleep. I do believe H.B. considers us invaders to his home rather than his new family. When Stevie becomes aware of H.B.’s presence, she tries to follow him around. H.B. responds in much the way an older brother responds to his annoying little sister… Their interactions remind me of Garfield and Nermal. I’m pretty sure H.B. would ship Stevie to Abu-Dhabi in a heartbeat if he could figure out how.

Nermal

Garfield was always trying to send Nermal to Abu Dhabi.

Anyway, my little blind cat has adjusted well to life at home.   She’s a loveable, snuggly cat, and I wouldn’t trade her for anything!

 

Peace and Love, y’all!

Dr. Katie

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Life with a Blind Kitten – Stevie’s Story

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By  Dr. Katie

Hello everyone!  A few months ago, I wrote a blog post about how many pets I have (How Many Pets Does a Veterinarian Have?).   Well I have an addition to my household, and here’s the scoop on my newest edition….

Dr. Katie snapped this photo on the first day she got Stevie.  You can tell her eyes are not normal

Dr. Katie snapped this photo on the first day she got Stevie. You can tell her eyes are not normal

Early in September, 3 college age ladies brought a tiny 1 pound kitten to My Zoo Animal Hospital.  They found the little kitten under a bush near their apartment complex.   The kitten clearly had a problem with her eyes, and the ladies were concerned that some sort of trauma had occurred to injure the kitten’s eyes.   They named her Stevie (after Stevie Wonder).  Since she’s a girl kitten, I tend to think her as named after Stevie Nicks now.  The kind-hearted young women decided to bring this little kitten in for an exam and her first vaccinations even though their apartment didn’t allow pets.

Stevie is wondering what the glasses are.  Are they another cat toy?

Stevie is wondering what the glasses are. Are they another cat toy?

Well, I fell in love with the adorable little creature.  Since the ladies couldn’t keep her, I offered to take Stevie and find her a good home.  I took her home that day and started treating her eye infection.  It’s been 5 weeks, and I think we can safely say that Stevie’s going to stay in my home.   She follows the sound of my footsteps as I work around my house.  She sits on my shoulder when I sit on the couch.   Her playful antics and adorable personality have won my heart.  It doesn’t bother me a bit that she has severe congenital defects with her eyes.   Part of her eyelids didn’t develop (eyelid agenesis) and her eyes are too small for her head (microphthalmia).   I believe she is almost completely blind, but she hasn’t let it slow her down.   In my house, I am careful to keep her environment safe.  When I’m at work, I keep her in a small room away from my dogs so she doesn’t get into any trouble.  As she grows, I’ll see how her eyes continue to develop.  There’s a possibility I may have to perform surgery to make sure she stays a happy, comfortable cat, but for now…I’m enjoying watching my blind kitten grow up!  They grow so quickly!

 

Stevie is pretty sure ponytails are just another form of cat toys.

Stevie is pretty sure ponytails are just another form of cat toys.

Stevie isn't a great companion for naps.

Stevie isn’t a great companion for naps.

You can even tell from this picture that Stevie has defects with her eyes.

You can’t even tell from this picture that Stevie has defects with her eyes.

Dr. Katie's blind kitten and her greyhound share a water bowl.

Dr. Katie’s blind kitten and her greyhound share a water bowl.

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