This is number four in a week-long series of interview with less adoptable pets inspired by the BlogPaws Be the Change challenge. All the cats I am interviewing need a home.
When I interviewed Poppy from Blind Cat Rescue, she was bright and a lot of fun — you would never guess that she has no vision! And she doesn’t give much thought to her lack of sight either. I imagine it’s the same way with most of the cats at Blind Cat Rescue, a St Pauls, NC sanctuary that right now is devoted to rescuing and finding homes for blind kitties. This organization would love to expand their efforts by building a new shelter to house FIV and FeLV cats — you can help them by voting for them at the Pepsi Refresh Project.
Now onto Poppy:
The website says you and your brother were found as strays in New York City. Can you tell me a little more about how you were found, and how you came to be at Blind Cat Rescue?
Oh my gosh, we were so scared and so hungry! This nice lady found us and took us to this place that had barking dogs and other cats and they put us in a cage. That was not nice of her!! But when they gave us food and it was warm and they cleaned us up, maybe it was not so bad. She couldn’t keep us — we had some weird worm thing going on, ringworms I think? And she asked a friend to take us to BCR. We got into another cage, got into this big thing that moves and rode for a long time until we got there.
How old are you now?
I am a year old.
What happened to your eyes? Were you ever able to see?
I had a bad infection that made them hurt and ruined them. I don’t remember ever seeing anything.
My tail is beautiful now… I had that nasty ringworm going on and my tail was naked.
Is your brother a sibling by birth? He reminds me a little of Homer from the book Homer’s Odyssey, only maybe a little bigger.
Jamie is my brother. What a nut case he is. He won’t stop climbing on top of Coconut’s cage, trying to steal his wet food and gets in trouble for it… I do it when mom isn’t looking….
You and your brother seem like you are great pals. Would you like to be adopted together?
Oh yes, we are good friends. I always want to be with my brother.
Who is that kitty hissing at you near the end of the video?
Ah, that is Teddi — we ignore her, she has issues. Even though she is spayed she has PMS every month!
I looked at Teddi’s profile and she has had it pretty rough! I imagine she has the right to be a little grumpy now and again. Tell me a little bit about life as a blind cat.
What’s a blind cat? I am a cat just like you, I climb, I sleep, I play, I eat and poop… no difference between us. We hang out during the day, grab a bite to eat, take a nap, play some more, eat some more, nap some more, normal day.
What would you like humans to know about blind kitties?
We don’t know we are blind or different. We sure don’t feel different. We just know we are cats… we act like everyone else.
Oh! Want to hear a funny story? I had an accident on the floor and mom stepped in it this morning when she was feeding us. You know how I know? She started yelling, “Ew ew ew!” and ran out of the room! LOL, and you say I am the blind one — I didn’t step in it!
With an attitude like that, what’s not to love? If you would like to know more about Poppy and her brother Jamie, or any of the other cats at Blind Cat Rescue, visit the sanctuary’s website, or see their adoptable cats on Petfinder.