[Vision2020] Another Caturday (September 18, 2010)
thansen at moscow.com
Sat Sep 18 13:44:08 PDT 2010
Courtesy of "Love Meow; A Blog for Ultimate Cat Lovers" at:
My mom and I were actually looking to adopt a new cat when we got Jack. I
have a friend who boards her horse at a local riding stable and one of the
barn cats gave birth to a kitten. It seemed that spaying didnt work on
the cat, so she gave birth to a single, deformed kitten and was not able
to produce milk. Luckily the owners recently had her fixed, so Im hoping
this doesnt happen again.
Jack (at the time he was known as Stevie Wonder) was born without eyes.
Hes very lucky with his timing. He grew up having other kittens to play
and socialize with, and was used to people from the moment he was born
since there are always kids hanging around the barn. He was a favourite
amongst the students at the barn. However, when it came time to find the
kittens homes, no one knew where Jack would end up. Although some of the
kittens already had homes, the ones they couldnt find homes for would go
to the local vets to be put up for adoption. They didnt want to do that
with Jack. There was no doubt any of the normal kittens would find homes
there, but Jack was special.
Thats when I got an e-mail from my friend. All she asked was Do you
still want one of the kittens? Theres one here with no eyes and no one
can take him. She knows me too well. Without thinking I told her that I
did want the kitten. I wouldnt be able to put him in the barn, but who
I changed his name from Stevie Wonder because I used to have a cat named
Stevie who passed away a couple years ago. Im a huge fan of old TV shows
and thought Jack Tripper was a good name for a kitten who couldnt see. He
has done a few classic Jack Tripper moves, too. Although he gets around
very well (especially now that he knows the layout of the house) but he
sometimes does trip or fall over things.
When we first brought him home Jack stayed mostly in my room. He walked
cautiously around, sniffing everything. After about a day he had no issues
running around, jumping onto my bed and climbing on everything. It wasnt
long before he mastered the rest of the house, either. He went through a
time where he could climb the stairs, but couldnt get down. He would sit
at the top and cry until someone came and got him. Hes big enough now
that he can get down on his own. Every now and then when he gets
disoriented hell stop and cry. But we just call his name and talk to him
and it isnt long before he finds his way back to us.
He also went through a period where he would wake me up every morning
between 5 6 by licking my nose. Im not a morning person and like my
sleep, so I would try everything to get him to stop. Id pull him away,
but hed come back up and start licking again. Id turn over, but hed
walk over to my other side and lick my nose some more. Id even try lying
on my stomach, but hed crouch down, turn his head upside down, and keep
on licking my nose! Hes stopped that for the most part now. Hell still
lick my nose, but usually waits until Im awake now.
Also, a few weeks after getting Jack, we got a new barn cat named Bear.
Bear is very friendly and likes to come sit outside with us in the
evenings. I always take Jack outside at that time for some fresh air and
exercise. He loves to run (at top speed!) around the back yard and
gardens. Bear and Jack have become best friends. It doesnt matter that he
cant see, Jack always knows when Bear is around. Hell run across the
yard straight to Bear and wrap his front legs around his neck in a big
hug. They chase each other around and wrestle, and when theyre tired
theyll lie down in the grass together.
He has absolutely no eyes at all. Because of that, his eyelids are too
long since they have nothing to cover. His eye holes tend to get weepy
because that irritates them a little. As hes growing, hes started to
grow into his eyelids and may have no issues there at all. But if theyre
still irritating him when we take him in to get fixed then our vet will
sew his eyes shut. Other than that, hes perfectly healthy.
Jack is truly an inspiration. Ive owned a lot of kittens in my life, but
Jack is the happiest, most playful of them all. He doesnt feel sorry for
himself. Heck, for all he knows, all cats are just like him. People who
know Jack dont feel sorry for him. They cherish him for the treasure that
he is. I have talked to a few people who havent met him personally who
tend to pity him, but they just dont understand. Jack doesnt need pity.
I think Jean (who has Gumbo the eyeless ginger) said it best when she told
me that cats dont have disabilities, they have adaptabilities.
"Hi I am Jack. I can't see, but I can get around just fine."
"When this picture was taken, Jack was hopping through the grass. I'd call
his name and he'd come hopping towards me. He crashed into my camera just
after this was taken!" - Jamie
Adventurous little Jack.
"He's growing like a weed and every day gets more daring and adventurous!
He's comfortable with the entire house now, which means I have to go
looking for him if I want him. You can take your eyes off of him for just
a second and he's gone, climbing up onto something or grabbing at
something he shouldn't be. But he's cute, so it's okay.When I take Jack
outside to play in the yard he doesn't just walk around the garden now, he
runs everywhere! I have never seen a cat run as fast as him. When he hits
something, he just turns around and runs the other way." - Jamie
Getting ready for pounce.
"Jack loves hanging out with his uncle Bear. He runs straight to him from
across the yard and wraps his front legs around his neck in a big hug. The
two of them will wrestle and chase each other around. When they get
tuckered out, Jack and Bear will lay in the grass next to each other. Bear
is so good to little Jack, it's nice to see Jack with a cat friend." -
"The Pessimist complains about the wind, the Optimist expects it to change
and the Realist adjusts his sails."
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