As newlyweds, my husband and I were introduced to Tiresias (Ty, for short) during a volunteer shift for Saving Graces 4 Felines. He looked familiar to us when we showed up for our shift that day; he had previously been adopted by a family who decided they couldn’t keep him after giving him a home for four months. When he left to live with them he could see, and when he came back his sight had left him. The vet diagnosed him with degenerative retinal disease, saying that he couldn’t see at all. We had loved him as a kitten before he had been adopted, and the fact that he came back to us made it seem as though it was a sign that we should take him into our care. We decided to take him home that same afternoon.
Once home, Ty seemed to not be afraid of anything. When our two older cats decided to let him know who was boss in this house, he just thought they were playing with him! It didn’t take long for our two big girls, Luna and Artemis, to also open their hearts to him.
Since then, Ty has become everyone’s favorite little boy. Our two older girls take turns taking care of him, no matter how hard he tries to prove he can take care of himself! He seems to think that since he can’t see they can’t either, and often tries to sneak up on them in the middle of an open area. They, of course, play along and wait until he gets to them before they pretend as if they’re being attacked.
Ty is incredibly adventurous and loves to climb to the very top of the kitty towers we have. Once up there he tracks our steps across the room with expert precision… even when we try our best to talk slowly!! He is incredibly smart! Sometimes he gets a little worried as to how far down he has to jump, so we will help him down. He is also very talkative… and if he forgets where I am, he will call out to me! I will say “I’m in here, Ty!”, and he will come running. Sometimes if he is chasing one of the other kitties, he will forget where he is and run into a wall or piece of furniture, but the little guy is so tough that he just changed direction and keeps going. He is, by far, the most playful, fun, and absolutely LOVING cat I have ever had in my 23 years. He is absolutely my heart’s love, and I can’t imagine a life without him in it. That’s it; we’re sold – blind cats for us from now on!
Leia Kristin Cain-Davenport