On May 3rd, Fettuccine Alfredo was surrendered to us.
Due to what was most likely an untreated upper respiratory infection, her eyes were in really bad conditions. Her left eye was watery and swollen while her right eye was protruding from her face.
She recently underwent enucleation surgery (complete eye removal) on her left eye as it couldn’t be saved. An eye flap surgery, where her third eyelid was attached to her second eyelid, was performed on her right eye in hopes of saving it. She’s due for a recheck in two weeks. In the event that her right eye also cannot be saved, our vets will have to remove her right eye as well, leaving Fettuccine Alfredo a blind kitten.
Fettuccine Alfredo isn’t letting her past stop her, however. After her surgery, she has been recovering so well and is very vocal to the staff about how she feels. She’s a sweet little kitten who constantly wants your attention, even if she has to sassily meow in your presence for as long as she needs to before you have to give in. She is only around six weeks old and weighs roughly one and a half pounds.
Fettuccine Alfredo isn’t the first kitten we’ve rescued with eye problems and she most likely won’t be the last. Even without their sight, or with limited vision, cats are highly adaptable and we know Fettuccine Alfredo will continue being the same playful kitten she is now. If you are interested in adopting a blind kitten or cat however, there are some things to keep in mind:
- The adjustment period of bringing home your newly adopted pet may be longer. A blind kitten/cat will need more time to get used to a new environment and learn how to navigate their new place.
- Pet proofing is especially important with blind kittens/cats. Because they can’t see, you’ll need to be extra vigilant about what/where your cat can get into. Close the doors to rooms that you don’t want your pet going in or use pet gates to block off potentially dangerous areas such as the stairways.
- Routine and familiarity will be more important to your blind kitten/cat. Once your kitty gets familiar with their new home, any significant new changes you make may stress your blind kitten/cat more easily. Things like rearranging furniture or moving the litter box may seem like a little thing to you, but it’s a big thing for your blind cat! If you must make changes, always be sure to plan some extra time monitoring your cat as they adjust!
Although blind kittens and cats face their own challenges, we know that in the right home, they’ll thrive into great cats. Our blind senior cat, Ross, was one of our many adoption success stories and we know Fettuccine Alfredo will have hers, too!
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Fettucine Alfredo is up for adoption! In May, this kitten arrived to us with a very bad upper respiratory infection and injured eyes. Her left eye had to be removed while the right eye will never recover full vision.
“Although she’s missing an eye,” said cat care specialist Anjanette, “she gained an attitude!” Fettucine Alfredo is WILD with energy. She LOVES to play and would benefit greatly with another playmate in the home, or perhaps consider adopting another kitten friend alongside her! She spent a long time in our ringworm ISO and has made a few buddies.
After all the ups and downs of her recovery, Fettucine Alfredo is ready to go to a furever home. Her eyes no longer require further treatment but potential adopters should be aware of her needs as a kitten with limited vision.