I haven't tried to list them anywhere. I figured no one would be interested. Helen has been in the Vet hospital since last Thursday. she had an operation on one of her eyes. I think they had to remove it. her other eye, the left one, looks like it is deflated. Been that way since birth. I think she can sense light with it though. We have noticed that she would sit on the floor around 7;30 every morning right where the sunlight comes in and she would try to reach up to the light to touch it. She does that every morning and really enjoys it a lot.
She also will sit directly in front of the TV and she stares at the screen for long periods at a time. I am sure she sees something. Her head moves right and left following the bright light and dark spots.
I am just worried that the vets may have removed that eye as well. I am sick with worry over this.
Jackie has a good right eye and she is very brave. Bravest of them all. Not afraid of anything. Only thing is, when she wakes up and does not see my husband she cries and runs straight for him and climbs into his lap. She does that every time, She runs to one of us as soon as she wakes for assurance then she becomes brave for the rest of the time. I guess she is going to be part of the family unless someone adopts her. She loves to explore and loves to eat!! Very healthy, very curious and very loving. My husband said she is good luck because she has 4 white feet. That is what they say about horses so maybe it holds true for cats. Well, we bought some powerball tickets, we'll find out one of these days!
anyway, Helen and Jackie will always have a home with us no matter what because they are so loving and fun. I am missing Helen right now because she loves to play and she would always climb up on our pillows and go to sleep curled up between my head and my husbands. My husband named her Helen after Helen Keller.
We have been told that since Helen is blind only really loving and understanding people would want to adopt her and frankly I am very worried about just giving her to anyone that comes along. I don't know what to do.
None of the shelters take in cats with disabilites. They put them to sleep. They just don't tell you that stuff. ACT is better than the rest but even they say it is a hard reality that you have to face. They would rather find a home for Helen and only suggested putting her to sleep because they have seen our living situation but my husband just will not allow it.
The big problem is we have no space at all. (225 sq ft of floor space!) and we have Fred, He has been as good as can be through all this but it shows that he is unhappy with not being able to climb into the window to look out or any of the other spots he always used because the kittens have taken them over.
Their momma went into the shelter to be spayed and get her shots then they brought her back and she stayed here for about 9 days mending.
We let the momma cat go back outside yesterday,Saturday morning. she came by the window last night around 9;30 to be fed but she left right after eating. I guess that is just nature.
I really feel terrible about her because she was a perfect mother and had all her instincts working right. But she would not become tame and simply could not be handled at all. It was an extremely difficult situation for us. My husband usually dealt with her. he seems to have some sort of sense or know how and the momma cat responded.
it was peculiar but I figured she would become very mild tempered after being fixed. Instead she became meaner than ever and the main reason she only stayed here 9 days getting over her operation was that she attacked the kittens ferociously. My husband said that was it, enough.
he kept her in the bedroom for 2 more days to make sure she was okay then he opened the window yesterday morning just after 6AM. She sat there for a few minutes then she went out and walked away. he goes out to keep an eye on her. she actually comes when he calls but does not come close, just seems to show up to say 'here I am' then she goes off again.
The past 3 1/2 months living with her have been a real education for us.
We were astonished to learn that she made very distinct different sounds and they meant specific things to the kittens.
She made a sound. mmmmm, that meant come to me so I can count heads and they would come to her briefly to show themselves before going off to roam and play.
she made another similar but definitely different sound that, believe it or not, sounded like the word milk!! Sort of mmmilkkkk. and the kittens would run to her for feeding! Just amazing!
They really have a language. How do they know this?
she made a sound that would make them all stop in their spots and calm down and some other sounds as well and they just knew!
Well, if anyone has any ideas for finding a home for Helen or Jackie, I mean a home that will understand that Helen can't see, she can fall just by walking off a windowsill or things like that, I would appreciate it if you posted it here.
The 2 other kittens are fine and they will be going to the shelter when space becomes available.
The shelter has someone coming to look at Graycie today possibly. A couple is very interested in her. Just a problem of scheduling.
Graycie (we spelled it that way because she is gray!)
The other one is jerry, (Jericho) but my husband has starting calling her Chi Chi the Chihuahua cat because she looks exactly like a Chihuahua. She is as skinny as a Chihuahua and has the same build.
Jerry is amazing. Most quiet, pleasant, disposition of any cat ever. She likes it when we hold her to pet her but only for a minute then she has to be free. But she will follow us like a puppy dog. walking in and around our feet. She follows my husband everywhere constantly. he calls her his shadow. She likes to stretch out and snooze on the cool tile floor in the bathroom or on a blanket on the bed we have for the cats.Believe me, you need some sort of blanket on the bed to protect it from the cats!!
She almost never makes a sound. I probably would be alarmed if she did make a sound. She acts like a mature cat, very grown up, just seems to know what to do all the time.
she enjoys laying on the couch next to me when I watch TV. She stretches out and naps. We have a blanket for that as well!
I do think she is very insecure, she jumps if you touch her by surprise. Definitely afraid off the vacuum, blender and other noisy things. The complete opposite of Jackie. She just likes to be with you to know you are there and she feels safe.
She loves to play with toys, especially when my husband rolls up a Liptons tea bag paper cover and throws it to her. They all go crazy over it. he thinks something in the tea attracts them. But Jerry will get a good bite on it and runs back and fourth with the other kittens chasing her to take it from her. They all seem to enjoy this a lot.
It is an exciting kitty football game to see.
We have loads of toys for them from the stores but the tea bag paper is their favorite.
Well, if anyone has any ideas please post them for me!