Blind Cat Rescue was started in 2005 to answer the need for a safe place for blind cats that were deemed unadoptable by regular shelters. They were going to be killed just because they are blind.
Rescue isn't glamorous. It's about comforting a scared cat whose owners abandoned him at the shelter after living together for 10 year. It's about holding a young animal's head as they take their last breath when it has been determined that their previous owners abused them so badly that they can't be saved. It is about restoring hope and dignity to creatures for whom no one else cares about.
We are but humble vessels to help these magnificent creatures find their forever homes. The responsibility is great but the returns on our emotional investment are greater. You cannot place a value on the look of contentment that comes when an animal is clean, exercised, warm, fed and safe for the first time in its life.
We will accept any cat into our sanctuary that is certified by a vet as a blind cat. Cats with 20% or less sight are accepted as blind. All cats must be fixed, FIV/FEL tested and current on all shots. FELV & FIV+ cats must be tested by the Eliza or IFA test. We will not accept a FELV/FIV+ cat based on a snap test, it must be the Eliza sent out to a lab test.
Facts about blind cats:
Blind cats are cats that just happen to not be able to see. They have no idea they are blind. They know they are cats. They act like cats.
Blind cats can do pretty much everything that a seeing cat can do. Cora, who sees nothing, climbs to the top of a 7 foot climber...she got there all by herself and she will come down the same way she went up. One of the only things I have found that stops a blind cat is a gate, fence or wall. Because they can't see the other side of a gate, they have no concept that they can get to the other side. Blind cats can climb trees (they tend to back down feet first to get down), climb on cabinets, etc.
Some things that will make it easier on your blind cat to live with you are to try to stay somewhat consistent on the important things, like the litter box and their food. For the rest of the house, live normal; they will go around things. If you watch a blind cat, you will see that they point their whiskers out so the whiskers will brush against something typically before they hit it.
I once had a daycare and Louie absolutely loved to be in the playroom with the kids and the chaos. Nothing was ever put away in the same place and there were always toys everywhere, it never bothered him.
If you pick up your blind cat and move him/her from point A to point B, try to put your cat down where they have a good idea of where they are: at their litter box, their food, or where the floors have different textures. My daycare playroom and dining room went from carpet to tile. If I wanted Louie to leave the playroom, I would put him so his front feet were on the tile and back were still on the carpet... then he knew where he was.
A lot of people do not realize that a cat can become blind from not being wormed. I was shocked when my vet told me that. Apparently worms will migrate around the cat's body, including up behind the eyes where they destroy optic nerves, etc. and thus an animal can become blind overnight (not really overnight, damage took some time to be done, but it seems like overnight to you when you discover it). A cat can become blind from illness, especially eye infections from upper respiratory infections, hyperthyroid, diabetes and high blood pressure. If your cat is sneezing, coughing and eyes are getting goopy, get to the vet for antibiotics! If your cat is eating like crazy and losing weight or drinking water like there is no tomorrow RUN to the vet! If your cat goes blind overnight, RUN to the vet! Insist that your vet checks the cat's blood pressure. (Most vets do not do this automatically) If it is caused by hypertension, the blindness often will reverse if treatment is begun immediately.
We are available to come and talk to groups about animals with disabilities. Just drop us an email.
We are a registered nonprofit with the state of North Carolina. We are a 501(c)(3). Tax number is 20-3410498
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