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Spencer's Story: 

I had just rescued a kitten with a hurt leg on Friday and on the following Monday at 6pm there was a knock at my door and two ladies standing there holding at arm's length a small puff of orange. They didn't know who else to go too with a kitten that they almost ran over because it was wandering on a gravel road close too town. They were barely holding him by the scruff of his neck like he would bite them or something. I took him of course immediately and wrapped him in a wash cloth to get him warm and got him something to eat. The little scrawny thing was starving and ate right away. The first thing I noticed about him were his eyes, they were bulging right out of his head, he looked like some cartoon character that had been squeezed too tight. First thing the next morning I took him to the vet. The vet said that the kitten had a severe eye infection. Up until now I always thought eye infections were matted eyes shut, little did I know. The kitten got a shot and meds, plus ointment to be put in his eyes four times a day.

I put him in with the little black kitten that I had rescued on the Friday before. They became fast friends and I named them Spencer & Joey. At the time I was babysitting a set of twins and they helped with the two kittens. They would take turns helping with the sore eyes and bad leg of the black kitten.  With the help of the meds & ointment the sore eyes came down in size but still had that hazey look across them. With the eyes so infected they had erupted and the conjunctivitis in one eye had sealed the hole but the other eye kept draining and the eye itself was closing. 

My vet didn't have the equipment to get a real good look into the eye to determine how much sight he had and by the way he got around(and up) and how him and Joey played, it wasn't easy to tell how much sight he had. So my vet suggested that we go to a specialist in Indianapolis.

So at six months of age we went to the specialist. The specialist did tests and determined that Spencer was blind in both eyes and that one eye should be removed before it started hurting him. He also thought said that Spencer's being blind he couldn't follow the rest of the litter and that is how he got separated from his mother and siblings. He also had the theory that Spencer's eye infection couldn't be fought off because his Mother didn't have the proper nourishment to pass on strong antibodies to her kittens. So being over bred and poor nutrition was a big factor.

My vet and I decided to leave Spencer's eye alone until it bothered him. Which it never did but it did start to get bigger by the time he was two years old so we bit the bullet and decided to remove it. Of course it was harder on us than him. He came through the operation with flying colors and acted as though nothing had happened. 

Spencer loves high places and he loves to play with noisy things that he can roll around and he loves to spend time with Joey. Spencer licks Joey and give him a bath even if he has to lay on top of him. Spencer is always licking Joey's face. I wonder if they will miss each other. 

I've had arm & back trouble for a long time now and in the past year I've had wrist and elbow surgery and my doctor told me I needed to stop what I am doing. I have given up my two sheds and thirty cats. They have gone to another rescue center. My handicapped cats were one deaf and one blind. Recently the deaf boy went to a wonderful home in Indianapolis where they have had a deaf cat for three years, so the people would know what to expect living with a deaf cat. And Spencer has been blessed with a forever loving home in North Carolina with you "Barb". I feel so comfortable knowing that you will love and care for  him and he'll get to climb and go outdoors. He loves exploring new places and smells.

Lyons Feral Cat Guardians, Inc.