Are Blind Cats Any Different?

Meet Blossom.  She is a blind cat who is famous.  Yes, a famous cat.  Her account Blossom_and_her_family has amassed over 10,000 followers.  I wouldn't be surprised if you see her and her family plastered all over the internet soon.  She's got the personality to match.

Hi Blossom!

Hi Blossom!

Susan is Blossom's attendant and food-provider (and an awesome meowmmy).  Susan kindly created time for an interview in Blossom's schedule.  Susan shares her home with 4 cats, 3 of which are blind.

  • Blossom, 6 mo
  • Cookie, 10 mo
  • Ray, 3 years
  • Jasmine, 5 years (sighted)

Ray was adopted second (first of the blind cats) as an adult.  It was love at first sight when she saw him on Petfinder.  It was a wonderful experience, and she felt compelled to adopt him.  I'm so glad she did, because being that he was an adult, blind and has a black coat, he was less likely to be adopted.  In fact, Susan had such a good experience that she vowed to only adopt blind cats from that day forward.  And that's exactly what she did.

Ray is so dapper. Who needs eyes to dress well?  Not Ray!  He has a personal stylist. 

Ray is so dapper. Who needs eyes to dress well?  Not Ray!  He has a personal stylist. 

Blossom was adopted from Howard and Beth Stern.  Yes, the famous couple.

Blossom is famous, didn't I tell you?  Image courtesy of www.essentialhommemag.com

Blossom is famous, didn't I tell you?  Image courtesy of www.essentialhommemag.com

Why you should consider adopting a blind cat:

  • Loss of sight does not shorten their lifespan or quality of life.
  • They like to follow you around from room to room, like a shadow.
  • They like to be by your side and ask for your attention.
  • They are less adoptable due to their disability (which they shouldn't be).

Myths busted:

  • Blind cats are not more aloof than sighted cats.
  • Blind cats are not clumsy.  In their own home, they are comfortable.
  • Blind cats play and eat just like a sighted cat.
  • Blind cats use the litter box just as regularly as a sighted cat.

Susan is bringing awareness to blind cats.  Her Instagram is her platform and her passion fuels her mission.  She's getting more homes for blind cats and I love that.

Blossom and Cookie keeping warm and staying cute.

Blossom and Cookie keeping warm and staying cute.

I was trying to catch her (Blossom) to put her back in her cage and she was behind the recliner (at her Mom’s house). I would go to one side, she’d go to the other side, she’d go to one side and I’d go to the other. She totally does not know my mother’s house. How does she figure these things out like a regular cat? ... My mother says ‘Oh she sees a little bit’. I say, ‘Mom, she has no eyes’. You totally forget they are blind when you watch them.
— Susan
Ray knows how to pose.  Remind you of another Ray?

Ray knows how to pose.  Remind you of another Ray?

She (Blossom) knows to take that ball to the bathtub and swat it around so she doesn’t lose it in the hallway....I shake my head all the time and say, ‘Wow, how does she do that?’.
— Susan
Cookie is a sweetheart.

Cookie is a sweetheart.

Her parting words about considering adopting a blind cat:

Go for it! Your life will be so much more enriched by it...it was the best thing I ever did.
— Susan
Blossom (top) and Jasmine, the sighted cat (bottom)

Blossom (top) and Jasmine, the sighted cat (bottom)

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