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Old May 9th 07, 07:34 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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Last fall, a pregnant cat walked into the building and gave birth.
She was black with the typical yellow eyes and the father was an
unaltered Siamese (I presume) that was also hanging around in my
garden at the proper time.

I have one cat from the litter. She looks Himalayan Persian and is as
about a pretty a cat, as cats get. She is about six pounds (10 months
old I guess) and needs artificial tears and antibacterial cream, as
her eyes are very different. They are small, slanted and blue. She
sees ok, and so far her eyes are clear. I was told both she and her
sister would go blind and that I should have them destroyed. One
problem she has is that tufts of hair get on the eyeball, although I
try and rub her hair away from her eyes. She is very long and very
soft. Her hair is short for a long hair, but definitely long.

When she and her sister were small, they would run sideways on their
back legs for 10 to fifteen feet. It made an uncommonly pretty
sight. When she is on alert, she stands on her back legs, like a
groundhog or prairie dog. She can jump up straight into the air, maybe
three feet, if she so desires. Usually, that is when she is batting
at something. She sneaks outside a lot, but does not usually go
far. I call and she rolls on her back exposing her belly.

She was a very late nurser. I ran out of food and switched brands,
when she and her sister were about three months old. They were almost
weaned at the time. Her sister was smaller and harder (that included
her claws as well as her body) with the same eyes, but medium black
hair. They both went back to nursing, and by the time I noticed, her
sister was spitting up milk (already too mature for it), and
consequenty died. This one nursed for an uncommonly long time; her
mother left my household over this. She went back to eating regular
dried food, first with the kind she had originally refused. Her
mother had to leave, before she did this to any extent. By this time,
the whole nursing process was completely public; I could right up to
them (an inch way) and neither one of them blinked an eyes.

The cat before this was a hybrid male, whose testicles never
descended. He was half Himalayan and half alley cat with Himalayan
hair and coloring, except for white socks. His mother was the alley
cat. He lived about fourteen years and made a nice pet. He was on the
timid side (when it came to unaltered cats in the garden, but of
normal weight with a definite advantage over altered cats.

Am I describing a hybrid cat? I remember her sister as being both
smaller and stronger.

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Old May 9th 07, 08:18 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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I have one cat from the litter. She looks Himalayan Persian and is as
about a pretty a cat, as cats get. She is about six pounds (10 months
old I guess) and needs artificial tears and antibacterial cream, as
her eyes are very different. They are small, slanted and blue. She
sees ok, and so far her eyes are clear. I was told both she and her
sister would go blind and that I should have them destroyed.

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Just wanted to comment on this part. I am absolutely mortified that anyone
would advise you to euthanize cats because they might go blind. (Please
don't tell us this advice was coming from a veterinarian). Even if the
kitties were blind for certain, I would be horrified to think someone
advised you to have them killed. There is at least one member of this
newsgroup who has an incredibly wonderful blind cat named Duffy. Our local
rescue group is also looking to place a blind cat. I would happily take him
but he needs to be an *only* cat, and I have five others. I really hate the
attitude of some people in our society that any small *flaw* is a reason to
throw away a beautiful living creature with oodles of love to give. I'm so
glad you ignored this *advice.*
Best regards,
---Cindy S.


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Old May 10th 07, 01:04 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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On 9 May, 20:18, "cindys" wrote:
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I have one cat from the litter. She looks Himalayan Persian and is as

about a pretty a cat, as cats get. She is about six pounds (10 months
old I guess) and needs artificial tears and antibacterial cream, as
her eyes are very different. They are small, slanted and blue. She
sees ok, and so far her eyes are clear. I was told both she and her
sister would go blind and that I should have them destroyed.


------------
Just wanted to comment on this part. I am absolutely mortified that anyone
would advise you to euthanize cats because they might go blind. (Please
don't tell us this advice was coming from a veterinarian). Even if the
kitties were blind for certain, I would be horrified to think someone
advised you to have them killed. There is at least one member of this
newsgroup who has an incredibly wonderful blind cat named Duffy. Our local
rescue group is also looking to place a blind cat. I would happily take him
but he needs to be an *only* cat, and I have five others. I really hate the
attitude of some people in our society that any small *flaw* is a reason to
throw away a beautiful living creature with oodles of love to give. I'm so
glad you ignored this *advice.*
Best regards,
---Cindy S.




Just wanted to comment on this part. I am absolutely mortified that anyone
would advise you to euthanize cats because they might go blind. (Please
don't tell us this advice was coming from a veterinarian). Even if the
kitties were blind for certain, I would be horrified to think someone
advised you to have them killed.


I find this shocking too. In fact I am horrified about it all. I very
much hope that it wasn't a vet that advised you to do this? If so, it
is time to change your vet. It is a wicked thing to do & judging by
Duffy's story, such a contradiction to the wonderful life she could
have with the right support.


There is at least one member of this
newsgroup who has an incredibly wonderful blind cat named Duffy. Our local
rescue group is also looking to place a blind cat. I would happily take him
but he needs to be an *only* cat, and I have five others. I really hate the
attitude of some people in our society that any small *flaw* is a reason to
throw away a beautiful living creature with oodles of love to give. I'm so
glad you ignored this *advice.*


Me too..I am utterly shocked at this & feel sad about our disposable
world really

Mary is the best person to advise you regarding blind cats here
because she has one of her own & consciously chose to take him on with
his disability. He has turned out to be a wonderful success story too,
& I feel sure that you would benefit from a chat with her. If she
misses this post, or doesn't respond for some reason, I suggest that
you make a new post with the title *PING MARY*, & she will respond to
you as soon as she can. Strange really because we have had 3 people in
the last 24hours that really do need her advice as well. As they say,
it never rains, It Pours!!

You *Must* meet Duffy. He is a really handsome cat, & really has gone
for the gold with regard to finding his own niche in his little
kingdom. I was stunned when I first met him via here, & find his story
to be inspirational to anyone considering homing a blind cat, or
facing the prospect of caring for one. I know that Mary will help you
with all of the information that you might need as well as the support
too. She will also point you in the right direction regarding *Good
Advice* & sensible approaches regarding caring for her too.

I would like to consider the rest of the story before posting again.
One thing that did come to mind when you described her coat in the
eye's problem would be, is it possible for you to trim her coat so
that it doesn't irritate her eye's? If so, this might help matters?

I wonder if it is possible for you to post a link to a photo of her if
that is possible please? A photo can tell you so much more than a
story can if you know what I mean? I hope so & very much look forward
to you sharing that if it's possible.
I am frankly disgusted by the by the support that you have been
offered by your professional help/assistance.

There are vets out there that do care about your cats, so my advice
would be to find someone that you know fairly well who also has a cat
& is very happy with their continued care and support, so that they
can recommend the right vet for you to try. The one you have doesn't
sound like the sort of support you are looking for(presuming it was
them that told you this of course!!)
I will post again later if possible, or tomorrow am if I can't.
( in the UK & it is 01.20am already!!)

Continued Best wishes & Support,

Sheelagh

 




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