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Living with a Blind Cat




STERLING came to us in September 2007 directly from the local Animal Control.  The vet judged from his teeth that he was 6 weeks old, but judging from his size he was 4-6 weeks older than that.  In any event, at that tender young age his eyes were already too damaged from infection to save his sight.  The vet sewed buttons on his eyes (called a third eyelid flap) to preserve whatever tissue could be saved.  After a few weeks of wearing the buttons (and receiving medications) the buttons were removed and no eye removal was necessary.  Sterling’s one eye is just cloudy, the other is sunken.  Sterling was not feral, was used to people, and judging by his coat, had been outside for many weeks.  What a shame that his previous people did not take the simple step of medicating his eyes to preserve his sight!  Well, their loss is our gain, because Sterling is one of the most friendly, darling, and PURRING kittens we have ever had.  He has a unique characteristic also, in that he gets down from the sofa backwards, like a toddler learning to go down a staircase.   In the morning when I have my tea in the living room, Gladstone, Me Too!, and Sterling all climb in my lap for a cuddle.  What love we receive from this little bundle!


Sterling playing ferociously with a cat toy. Sterling posing pretty for the camera.

Eastern North Carolina experienced a rare event in January 2009 - SNOW!  Sterling seemed to think this
weather was made just for him as he spent a little time relaxing in the snow in the Magoo Room courtyard. 

Sterling relaxing in the Magoo Room courtyard.