No one—neither staff nor volunteer—remembered the last time the CASPCA had a completely blind cat. Thus it was a singular event when Prince Lune became available for adoption.
His owner first brought him to the shelter as a kitten to have him neutered in November of last year. Eight months later, his owner brought him to a local veterinarian because he was “…bumping into things.” The veterinarian diagnosed glaucoma in both eyes. While there are medications that can treat glaucoma, they are expensive and must be administered multiple times a day. Because of the expense, the owner decided to surrender Prince Lune. The veterinarian brought him to the CASPCA.
The CASPCA veterinary staff determined that Prince Lune was blind and in pain with little chance of recovering his sight. They decided it would be in his best interest to remove his eyes, thus eliminating any pain and allowing him to adjust to his lack of vision while still young. Those of you who are concerned about the quality of life for a blind cat should read Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat.
The surgery was successful and Prince Lune recovered quickly. He was eating and grooming himself the next morning! Two days after his procedure, he became available for adoption. Of course, both cat care staff and volunteers fussed over him as soon as he arrived in the cat rows. He quickly purred and rolled around as humans petted him.
About two hours later, a young couple arrived, interested in adopting a cat. Volunteers learned they were experienced pet owners, having had both dogs and cats before. They expressed interest in several cats but were overwhelmed when they met Prince Lune. He gave a sterling performance, rolling and purring up a storm. The couple stayed with him for 20-25 minutes. Clearly, he had impressed them. The next day they returned and adopted him, renaming him Babka!
Three days after the adoption, Babka’s new family reported he was doing well and learning his way around their home. He was already proving to be a Mama’s boy.
His new family loves him very much and recently sent along this message from Babka:
“When my new Mommy and Daddy took me home, I was still a bit woozy from my surgery a couple days before. Although the drive from the CASPCA was scary (I couldn’t see anything, after all, without my eyes!), as soon as I got to my new home, I knew I was in a safe place of love and warmth. I loved the new name they gave me, Babka (pronounced bahb-kuh), which is a traditional Jewish cake that is very sweet – just like me! I napped pretty much all day for a few days and then as I began to get my energy back, I began to explore my new home. While I did bump my head every now and then at first, I soon learned all the nooks and crannies of my new home. I was not going to let my disability stop me from finding all the snuggliest spots. I learned to jump up on the couch and the bed, and navigate the entire home as good as any kitty with eyes could! My Mom and Dad even found me toys that make noise that I can chase around, since I would never know if there was a laser pointer out there that needed to be chased. All in all, I’m living a life beyond my wildest dreams! The fur has grown back on my face and the stitches healed perfectly. Even though I’ll never see a reflection of myself, I know I am the cutest cat around, living the best life possible! I sleep, I snuggle, I play, I do everything a normal cat could do – who needs eyes?”
This holiday season, please think of the thousands of animals we have saved and the thousands more we have yet to save.