Extra Love Needed: Kazu the blind cat

Kazu & his bff the water fountain

How old is Kazu?
Kazu is appx. 7 month old now ( we guess he was born in Dec.2013)

Where did Kazu’s name come from?
Kazu’s full name is Kazuyoshi. It’s Japanese. it means “Number one beauty”.

How did Kazu come to live with you?
Kazu was found as stray in cold January,about 4 weeks old with his one-eyed- sister & another blind brother, without mama cat.
Good Samaritan took them to vet, and vet contacted to non-kill shelter, Purrfect Pals in Arlington, WA ( north of Seattle). Then they had good care of their deformed eyes. Kazu needed to lose both eyes. Sister needed to lose one eye ( right eye). The shelter volunteer made their facebook page, and Mom saw their page, because Mom always follow facebook page of Purrfect Pals.
We thought they would be adopted very soon because they were so adorable. Even they were brought to an event for cats and met Oskar the blind cat but for some reasons, nobody wanted to adopt them.

Kazu & Nozomi

Mom & Dad could not attend the event because of work schedule. So we were surprised no one adopted them. After one week from the event, still they were on adoption list. Mom could not forget them and decided to adopt them. One blind boy was adopted by foster mom. So we got Kazu and Nozomi (one eyed girl, Nozomi means Beautiful hope in Japanese)

How many blind or partially blind cats live with you?
Blind is only Kazu. Paritally blind is just Nozomi. But FYI, Juri (long hair tortie)has deformed front leg, so she is 3 and half legged.

Juri

What advice would you have for those hesitant to adopt a blind cat?
Basically, blind cats can do most of basic things, finding food & water, using litter box, finding their bed.
It’s not difficult but need to accept the difference between ordinary cats and blind cats. Watch them very carefully and closely. Don’t push them to do completely same as sighted cats. You need to listen to them and know what they can do in their own ways or what they cannot do in any way. Then you can see when & how you should help a blind cat.
Of course, they cannot see, so you must make some sound to get their attention or lead them to something. We tap floor or counter to lead him, use toys making sound. We also use short command/ words that he can understand and memorize. Because he cannot see our hand signs or expression on our face as other cats can do.
And you don’t want to change rules you make or layout of room so easily.
But if you are real cat lover, you will do that unconsciously. If your human family members have some difficulties, you will try to do your best for making their life better and easier naturally. Same as cat family members. Try close eyes and think what you want people to help you.

Did you have to make any special adjustments to the house for them?
No, we didn’t. We already had 6 cats then. They are not blind. But in a way, cat-friendly house.8 litter boxes are everywhere in our house. Human toilet lids are always closed. Interior doors are always left open. Cats must be in 100% indoor. Human foods are in sealed containers or pantry.
Fortunately, our sofa & dining chair are covered with fabric. So Kazu can climb up & down using his claws like cat tower covered with carpet.


 

Author’s Note: Many thanks to Kazu and his mom for answering my questions. Pictures were used with permission. Please visit him on his Facebook page –Love Paw Family with Kazu the blind cat

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