Hawking's Wonkings: A Place for Special-Needs Cats with Happy Endings

Hawking's Wonkings: A Place for Special-Needs Cats with Happy Endings Hawking was a blind, special needs kitty who lived with four other blind kitties and nine "regular" k
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HI, friendos! Long time, no see! I'm coming at you with a special favor tonight concerning Hawking's (RIP) little brothe...
05/07/2022

HI, friendos! Long time, no see! I'm coming at you with a special favor tonight concerning Hawking's (RIP) little brother. Orbit was born with no eyes, just like the Hawk. He's also a sweet, orange boy. In a lot of ways, we adopted him in Hawky's memory.

Thing is, poor Orbit's eyes have been getting infected nonstop since we've had him and two of our trusted vets have recommended that we have his eyes enucleated and the sockets sewn up. Poor guy has gone through so much already, and we want to make his life as comfortable as possible.

If you can spare anything to help us with this $2000 surgery, we will be forever grateful! Thank you, beautiful cat people!

https://gofund.me/d7f0ce47

Hello, fellow blindie lovers! My rescue Austin Odd Cats takes in primarily blind and special-needs cat in the central Te...
02/25/2021

Hello, fellow blindie lovers! My rescue Austin Odd Cats takes in primarily blind and special-needs cat in the central Texas area. We've had some unexpected medical issues pop up in the past couple of weeks, so we started a t-shirt fundraiser to help with costs. Here's a link if you're interested: https://www.customink.com/fundraising/t-shirt-fundraiser-for-special-needs-kitties

The shirts are $20 each and range from toddler to XXL sizes! Please help and share if you can. Thank you!

Austin Odd Cats is a small feline rescue that specializes in special-needs cats and kittens, from blind cats to tripods, we believe our cats should help "Keep Austin Weird". We primarily take in blind, and/or orphaned newborns in the central Texas area.

Onyx is a special kitty with severe cerebellar hypoplasia, meaning she can't walk or stand. Her caretaker, Brian Gill, d...
02/16/2021

Onyx is a special kitty with severe cerebellar hypoplasia, meaning she can't walk or stand. Her caretaker, Brian Gill, devotes his entire life to taking care of her and her brother. He has blankets placed all along the floor in his room for his kitties' comfort.

Now poor Onyx is getting constant infections in her ears and needs a surgery called a myringotomy to get better. She is only two years old, and has so much more life left to live. Please give anything you can to help this special family.

Onyx is a 2 year old cat with severe Cerebellar Hypoplasia, a condition which inhibits the balance of the cat… Brian Gill needs your support for Help for Onyx

02/13/2021

We try not to focus on the sad truths of animal rescue on this page, but if you know anyone who can help this poor dog, please, please share.

Tragedy struck this family and these two bonded brothers are in need of a new home in the central Texas area. Please sha...
01/31/2021

Tragedy struck this family and these two bonded brothers are in need of a new home in the central Texas area. Please share widely!

Look at this sweet girl named Michi who just found her foster (and hopefully her forever home) through my mom's rescue: ...
10/07/2020

Look at this sweet girl named Michi who just found her foster (and hopefully her forever home) through my mom's rescue: Austin Odd Cats! She survived on the streets for 6 months before a good sam scooped her up and got in touch with us about her. What a fighter. Goooo, Michi!

It's been awhile, huh, friendos? Mom has been busy growing her rescue, Austin Odd Cats, which she started in honor of ME...
09/24/2020

It's been awhile, huh, friendos? Mom has been busy growing her rescue, Austin Odd Cats, which she started in honor of ME!

Austin Odd Cats adopts out special-needs kitties in the central Texas area. We have a blind kitty looking for a home right now, too! Check her out, her name is Tessa, and she's the SWEETEST. She was born blind, just like the Hawk!

Hi, everybody! Sorry for the lack of updates lately! I've been taking care of this little dude following his surgery las...
08/07/2020

Hi, everybody! Sorry for the lack of updates lately! I've been taking care of this little dude following his surgery last Friday! He is doing FANTASTIC! Justin the blind tripod. You can follow his adventures and see more updates on my rescue page: Austin Odd Cats!

By now, most of you know Justin, the white, blind floof with the broken leg, who's as sweet as can be! He finally got to...
07/19/2020

By now, most of you know Justin, the white, blind floof with the broken leg, who's as sweet as can be! He finally got to see the vet for a checkup on his leg, and it turns out, the break was worse than we thought.

Due to the severity of the fracture, Justin will need a full coxofemoral disarticulation -- this means his leg will be amputated at the pelvis. In addition to his amputation, he will always be receiving a bilateral enucleation -- meaning both of his eyes will be removed and the sockets sewn shut. Of course, he'll be getting neutered, too.

The estimated price for all of these procedures is between $1952-2168. Because he is undergoing such complicated procedures all at the same time, we are taking him to the best feline vet we know, South Austin Cat Hospital.

Austin Odd Cats is desperately in need of funds to pay for his surgeries. At the moment, we have 15 kittens in the rescue, all of whom need specialty surgeries, and we simply cannot afford to pay for Justin's surgery without your help.

Please, please, donate any amount you can, and share widely. This guy has such a lust for life and he deserves the best care possible. After his surgery is complete, he will also be looking for his forever home! Let's get Justin fixed!

To donate, please send funds to: https://www.paypal.me/blindcatsforever or Venmo me at .

Latest update as of 07/22: Justin is still in search of his forever home!Everyone, meet my rescue's newest oddball, Just...
07/11/2020

Latest update as of 07/22: Justin is still in search of his forever home!

Everyone, meet my rescue's newest oddball, Justin! Justin came to us from a high-kill shelter in Texas, and while we knew he would need both eyes removed, we did not anticipate that he also had a broken leg!

This poor boy is only 8 weeks old, and life has already dealt him a crap hand. Despite all of his issues, Justin is still purring, loving life, and befriending all humans and animals who come his way.

Justin's vet bill is likely to run Austin Odd Cats in the thousands. We desperately need your help to pay for his surgeries! If you can donate anything at all to help this boy, please go to: https://www.paypal.me/blindcatsforever

Justin will be available for adoption in a few weeks time, once we have a better idea of his condition and prognosis. If you're interested in adopting this special guy, please PM us!

Hey, friendos! Sorry I've been MIA lately -- I'm just now getting over a health scare. (And it wasn't Covid!)Recently, I...
07/02/2020

Hey, friendos! Sorry I've been MIA lately -- I'm just now getting over a health scare. (And it wasn't Covid!)

Recently, I started a new rescue to help special-needs and primarily eyeball-issue kitties in my area. It's called Austin Odd Cats! In just a month or so, I've managed to save and adopt out nearly 30 kittens!

Because we are special needs only, we are always in need of funds for surgeries. We have three kittens right now who need an eye removed each, and one kitty who needs his back leg amputated. We're about to get in a couple more kittens with eye issues, too. (And by "we", I mean "I" -- I am the sole operator of this rescue.)

Instead of just asking for donations, I thought I'd offer something in return! For a $25 donation, I will sketch your pet! If you'd like, I can also mail you the original for no extra charge. I am not a professional artist, so take a look at the sketches below -- they're just ballpoint pen on regular paper -- to see what you're in for.

If you'd like a sketch, please send in a $25 donation to my Paypal account: https://www.paypal.me/blindcatsforever. Don't forget to also message me here or reply to this post with a clear pic of your pet. Turn around time is about 24 hours right now, but that could change, depending on how popular this gets!

Wanted to share a happy story for these very trying times! Last week, I rescued this group of three kittens from a high-...
07/02/2020

Wanted to share a happy story for these very trying times!

Last week, I rescued this group of three kittens from a high-kill shelter in south Texas. They're now part of my rescue, Austin Odd Cats. The first pic is when they were first picked up. You can see the abject terror on their faces. What you can't see is that they were also covered in fleas, and the orange kitten was literally skin and bones. They were also feral, and very hissy and spitty!

I got them in about a week ago, and the next day, I got very sick (not with Covid!). I found them the best foster, Walae Besada, and in just a week they have made an incredible transformation. I didn't think the orange one would make it due to his condition. He was so weak, half the size of his brothers, and so covered in fleas that the water turned dark brown when I bathed him.

Due to the tireless efforts of their foster, these kittens are now doing fantastic! The orange guy is putting on weight and just started playing for the first time yesterday! Pics 2-4 are of them now -- look at the difference!

Stories like these are what rescue is all about. These kittens were horrified, starving, and literally being eaten alive by fleas a week ago. Now, they have full bellies, warm, soft beds to sleep in, no more fleas, and they're starting to love humans! These guys will be adoptable in about a month!

Look at these adorable boys! Fuzzy Texan only takes on special needs cases and they need your help to get these boys the...
06/05/2020

Look at these adorable boys! Fuzzy Texan only takes on special needs cases and they need your help to get these boys the surgery they need and send them to their forever home together.

This is a wonderful rescue. Please donate, if you can, and if you can't, please share!

It's been a few days since Io passed to the great beyond. I haven't had the strength to post until now...This is the fac...
06/01/2020

It's been a few days since Io passed to the great beyond. I haven't had the strength to post until now...

This is the face of a kitten who has had enough. Born to a 6-month-old mother, the last survivor of a litter of five. Io held on for 22 days. 22 days of being tube fed every 3 hours, 22 days of being poked and prodded -- all done out of love, to give her a chance to survive, but nevertheless, not a happy existence.

Iodine passed on 5/27, in her sleep, hopefully, peacefully. She should've never been born. I watched her 4 other littermates die, one by one by one, but her death was different. She fought SO HARD. I know I did all I could, but I still feel defeated, heart-broken, and angry. Angry that a 6-month-old cat wasn't spayed, defeated from all the pain she endured trying to hold on, and heart-broken that she is no longer here.

RIP, Iodine. 05/05/20-05/27/20.

"Does this pose make me look fat...?"Io hit 200 grams today! Notice the watery eyes from her URI, but she's getting topi...
05/26/2020

"Does this pose make me look fat...?"

Io hit 200 grams today! Notice the watery eyes from her URI, but she's getting topical antibiotics for those, and an oral antibiotic to treat the infection.

Sole survivor from a litter of 5. Stronger than ever.

05/24/2020

I finally got a decent video of Iodine getting a bath today! Hope you guys enjoy! (I know she did, despite her protests, as she purred when she heard the water begin running!)

She's gaining weight, but now has a bit of a URI, but since we caught it early, and she's already on concentrated O2, we're hoping it won't be much of an issue.

05/23/2020

Iodine is still hanging in there, guys! She's gaining weight, but still having butt problems, so she's getting daily butt baths. In this video, I show you her incubator setup. When I went to film part 2, I finished, and was so proud of myself, then I realized I hadn't actually recorded anything. 😿

I promise I'll get a recording of her actual bath soon! But check the comments for her "after" picture.

Hi everybody! I had a bath today and PURRED the whole time, then almost fell asleep as mama cradled me and let the warm ...
05/22/2020

Hi everybody! I had a bath today and PURRED the whole time, then almost fell asleep as mama cradled me and let the warm water flow on my tummy and butt parts. Then I got a nice blow out! I’m getting floofier, too, and fatter!
Love,
Io

This week has been a rough one. My 6-month old mama cat lost 4 out of 5 of her kittens. Little Iodine is the sole surviv...
05/21/2020

This week has been a rough one. My 6-month old mama cat lost 4 out of 5 of her kittens. Little Iodine is the sole survivor, and she has swimmer syndrome. South Austin Cat Hospital was kind enough to work her in this morning and run a slew of tests. Everything came back normal, except that she was a bit malnourished because mama decided to stop letting her and her brother nurse when she WENT INTO HEAT 2 WEEKS POST-PARTUM. (Spay and neuter your cats, people.)

I lost Bromine last night, unexpectedly. He seemed great, then I found him gone when I went to feed him. At least he didn't suffer.

Iodine is currently 15 days old, on concentrated oxygen, in an incubator, and being tube fed. She's lively for now, but I'm not getting my hopes up, because her brother was the same way before he passed. Please keep her in your thoughts.

In animal rescue, nothing ever goes as expected. Siamese Mama Bear went into heat AGAIN a couple days ago and began negl...
05/19/2020

In animal rescue, nothing ever goes as expected. Siamese Mama Bear went into heat AGAIN a couple days ago and began neglecting her two remaining kittens, so they are now in an incubator, with oxygen, being tube fed. Hopefully they'll get the hang of a new ni**le and be able to bottle feed soon.

Mama Bear went to her forever home with her former foster because she was harassing my (neutered) male cats for some "one-on-one" time...

In other news, Fuzzle is doing fantastic! He's gained around 100 grams and is now running around and playing like a normal kitten!

***Check out the update in the comments!***Everyone, please keep little Fuzzlepoof in your thoughts -- he is not doing w...
05/17/2020

***Check out the update in the comments!***

Everyone, please keep little Fuzzlepoof in your thoughts -- he is not doing well today. I have separated him from mama and babies so he can receive intensive care. This will be my first time using my new O2 concentrator on a kitten.

Fuzzle is still very underweight and vomiting, but he received a slew of meds today that should get him back on the right track. He's also being syringe fed because he won't eat on his own anymore. I can tell by the way he looks into my eyes that he is feeling well. Let's root for Fuzzle!

One is not like the other,.. and I don't just mean their coloring. Who can guess what's going on with one of these beebs...
05/16/2020

One is not like the other,.. and I don't just mean their coloring. Who can guess what's going on with one of these beebs?

They're about 10 days old now, just starting to open their eyes, fat, happy, and healthy!

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, friendos! I have a happy story for you today!Yesterday, I rescued 10 kittens from th...
05/15/2020

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, friendos! I have a happy story for you today!

Yesterday, I rescued 10 kittens from the Rio Grande Valley (a place in Texas with one of the highest euthanasia rates in the country). 9 of them were in great health, all above 7-8 weeks old, normal, bouncy kittens. But one little guy was 5 weeks old and only 300 grams, which is very underweight.

I decided he (Fuzzlepoof) needed some special attention, so I put him with Mama Bear, my Siamese foster with two 10-day old babies. She immediately accepted him. I didn't expect him to nurse, or know if she'd let him or if he was already full weaned. Then, I walked back in an hour later to find him suckling away. He's already gained 8 grams since last night!

This is the best mama in the whole world. AND she's only 6 months old. She lost 2 babies of her own, and she was happy to take on this boy, despite him being 3 weeks older than the 2 she has. I was so happy I cried a little!

05/13/2020

Our O2 concentrator is finally setup and ready to go. I'm sorry I couldn't save you, Carbon, but your legacy will live on. Your life might've been spared had I had these piece of equipment sooner, but now, no kitten will suffer your same fate, baby boy.

To everyone who donated, shared, and cared: Thank you times a million. This means the world to me.

And thanks to Ken at Puppywarmer for helping me set it up!

Introducing our newest and most fragile group: Mama Bear, Bromine (male), Iodine (female), and of course, Nitrogen (male...
05/11/2020

Introducing our newest and most fragile group: Mama Bear, Bromine (male), Iodine (female), and of course, Nitrogen (male). Someone has some peepers coming in soon, too! Whomever can tell me what all of these elements have in common wins a prize...

All of these kittens were born prematurely. Unfortunately, their mom is only 6 months old and tiny, and she had 5 kittens. All of them were underweight, and one, Carbon, passed away as he only weighed 52 grams when born (half the size of a normal kitten). Little Nitrogen is also struggling to put on weight, but we're helping him out with tube feeding. Iodine has a condition called swimmers syndrome (notice her twisted back legs), but that can be corrected with simple splints. :)

Let's all root for this tiny little family!

There is no better feeling in the world than knowing that a litter of kittens you saved from death row, at a week old, h...
04/30/2020

There is no better feeling in the world than knowing that a litter of kittens you saved from death row, at a week old, have all found their pre-adoption forever homes!

These are the first kittens I've ever taken on as an individual, not affiliated with a rescue. Thus, Austin Odd Cats was founded. Two brothers and two sisters get to go home together, and the remaining brother is going to a home with 2 other cats and a dog! I couldn't be happier!

They'll be staying with me until they're spayed and neutered on June 2, but I'm gonna miss these floofs!

But stay tuned, friendos, there will be more kittens to come!

04/27/2020

Our coolest blind dude, Blind Guy McSqueezy, LOVES kittens! He was so excited that I let the boys out for some playtime today. Let at them go. These orange floofs have grown up so fast!

04/25/2020

Check out this kitty boy who has no back legs. His legs were both amputated at different times due to injuries. He is not incontinent.

This guy is currently in Dubai, UAE, but once this stupid COVID stuff is over, he will be flying here to find a new home. Look at what a lover he is!

If you'd like to follow this beautiful boy's journey, please like my brand new rescue page: Austin Odd Cats!

The boys all had their glamour shots taken today so that they can be listed on Petfinder for pre-adoption! Taking decent...
04/24/2020

The boys all had their glamour shots taken today so that they can be listed on Petfinder for pre-adoption! Taking decent pictures of 6-week-old kittens isn't easy, folks.

These dudes are getting their snip-snip done on June 2, then they'll be ready to go to their new homes! Once they're listed, they will go fast, so if you're interested in adopting, get in touch soon!

Happy 6-week-old birthday to these amazing little goblins! 🎁 At 6 weeks is when I typically introduce kibble into their ...
04/23/2020

Happy 6-week-old birthday to these amazing little goblins! 🎁 At 6 weeks is when I typically introduce kibble into their diet. Not all kittens go for it, but these boys love it!

I ALWAYS use the brand pictured below, Royal Canin Mother and Baby Cat, because it has the smallest kibble size of any kibble on the market, and also because it is highly, highly palatable. Only downside is, it's very expensive. For me, it's worth the cost because it makes weaning so much easier.

The first pic is all three boys going after the kibble! :)

By the way, the boys' two calico sisters have been pre-adopted. Now these three dudes are sad that no one wants them... :(

Well, we all knew it was coming, and today was the day: bath time. The boys are finally learning to eat without diving i...
04/22/2020

Well, we all knew it was coming, and today was the day: bath time. The boys are finally learning to eat without diving into the plate and they use their litter boxes 90% of the time.

Today, they each got a sink bath, with Dawn soap (it's safe for small kittens), complete with a scrub down with a brush. They were all troopers and barely put up a fight.

After their baths, they were toweled off and thoroughly blow dried. If you plan on bathing a kitten this young, blow drying is essential. At 5 weeks, kittens still can't fully regulate their body own body temperature and rely on outside sources to do so.

Look at the results, though! I wasn't able to get pics of all of them while getting a bath, only because they get cold so quickly and I didn't want to torture them. The first pic is of Mimosa getting his bath, then the last three are of them all after their baths! They were good boys!

Today marked a milestone for the orange boy wrecking crew! They received their first FVRCP vaccinations! I always vaccin...
04/21/2020

Today marked a milestone for the orange boy wrecking crew! They received their first FVRCP vaccinations! I always vaccinate my kittens as early as I can, which is when they reach one pound. This is standard practice in most shelters and catteries with multiple cats, where diseases and viruses can spread like wildfire. The earlier they're done, the less risk the kittens have of developing these devastating conditions.

We do all of our vaccines, de-worming, FeLV/FIV testing, and intensive care in-house, but I don't recommend this for everyone. I'm an experience feline vet tech who specializes in neonates -- I've poked, prodded, and treated thousands of kittens in my life. So, I want to stress that vet visits are essential for kittens, not only so that they can receive their vaccinations, but also so your vet vet can make sure they're healthy and thriving.

The first few pics are what the vaccines look like out of the box, and then when they're loaded into a 3cc syringe for the poke. FVRCP vaccinations are always give above the right, front leg for felines -- this is so vets can identify allergic reactions.

Mimosa, Moonshine, and Mezcal were all troopers for their shots -- not one of them made a peep! Now I can rest a little easier knowing my boys are more protected from contracting rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and /or panleukopenia!

The orange boys in all their filthy glory! If you follow  or some other kitten foster influencers, you're probably used ...
04/20/2020

The orange boys in all their filthy glory! If you follow or some other kitten foster influencers, you're probably used to seeing nice, clean, fluffy kittens. But let me tell you, 5-week-old kittens are a COMPLETE MESS. This is what fostering REALLY looks like at this age.

Kittens from 4-6 weeks old dive into their food, wrestle in their food, and step in their own p**p without a care in the world. Their coats are crusty and stinky because they're just now learning how to groom themselves. You can wet wipe them all you want, but there's really no point, because they'll just do it all over again within an hour.

I change these kittens' bedding, stuffies, litter boxes, puppy pads, etc, at least once a day, and this is still the reality. The smell will stink up your whole house if you're not diligent about cleaning up everyday.

I wanted to post this picture as an honest representation of what fostering kittens is actually like. It's not all cuteness and cuddles. At this age, it's stinky and gross most of the time. But soon, probably in about a week, these boys will get better at eating, at not stepping in their p**p, and at grooming themselves. Until that day comes, they're happy to be the dirty little goblins they are!

Mooshine, buddy -- I don't think that's how you play with that toy. Look how this little boy has grown! 5 weeks old, eat...
04/19/2020

Mooshine, buddy -- I don't think that's how you play with that toy.

Look how this little boy has grown! 5 weeks old, eating on his own, using the litter box -- he's a big boy now! Please excuse the mess in the background. Here's a little secret about orphan kittens from around 4-6 weeks old: they're disgusting. They're still learning to eat on their own, they have food everywhere in their pen and on their bodies, and they p**p about 5 times a day.

In about a week, these guys should have a better handle on eating without diving head first into their food, and on how to groom themselves. At that point, they'll all be getting a nice bath and I'll be sure to post pics!

THROWBACK PIC! This pic was taken in 2016, on my way to work at a neonatal kitten nursery. Who can guess who that tubby,...
04/18/2020

THROWBACK PIC! This pic was taken in 2016, on my way to work at a neonatal kitten nursery. Who can guess who that tubby, blind girl on my lap is? (Hint: Hawking's big sister. My first ever blind cat!)

The orange boys just got a major upgrade to their kennel enclosure! On the top right is the night night section, complet...
04/17/2020

The orange boys just got a major upgrade to their kennel enclosure! On the top right is the night night section, complete with heating pads and mama dog for snuggles. Below that is a little ramp that they've been loving playing on lately, along with some random toys. Far left are the litter boxes (we're still working on getting these down). And to the right of the litter boxes are their plates of gruel.

At almost 5 weeks old, all three of my boys are eating off a plate and I couldn't be happier. This is pretty early for them to start eating on their own. But this also means that they're gruel divers, so they are currently covered, head to toe, in kitten food, and man, do they reek. No point in giving them a bath yet, though, until they get a better handle on how to eat from a plate without turning it into a mud-wrestling match, lol.

They're all happy, healthy, and gaining weight, just like they should be. But this age is one of my least favorite kitten-rearing ages. It's just constant p**p and food everywhere as they transition from milk replacer to canned kitten food. Phew!

The boys' sisters, Merry and Pippin (the calico girls) are also both doing very well and also eating on their own!

A couple of these beebs are already spoken for, but if you're interested in adopting one from this litter of five, please get in touch!

Look at those baby blues! This little girl tried to die on me this past week, but today she went back to foster mama wit...
04/11/2020

Look at those baby blues! This little girl tried to die on me this past week, but today she went back to foster mama with a clean bill of health. 3.5 weeks old today. She'll be available for adoption in about 5 weeks in the central Texas area! :)

Read on, orange-cat lovers:"Yesterday at the foster clinic, there was a woman with a litter of tiny, tiny kittens, one o...
04/10/2020

Read on, orange-cat lovers:

"Yesterday at the foster clinic, there was a woman with a litter of tiny, tiny kittens, one of whom was a beautiful orange and white creamsicle.

I told her, "I love orange boy cats, they are all so stupid." Then, the foster mom said to me, with tears of love in her eyes, face flowing with maternal pride: "He is only 6-days old and I can already tell that he's going to be so stupid!"

*This is not my original intellectual property. Originally made by galesofnovermber on Instagram.*

Happy 3-week birthday, beebs! These kittos got some new digs today, friendos! At 3 weeks old, they've pretty much outgro...
04/10/2020

Happy 3-week birthday, beebs! These kittos got some new digs today, friendos! At 3 weeks old, they've pretty much outgrown their regular kennel and needed a square footage upgrade.

This little habitat was made using using KOUSI-brand small animal enclosure panels. Each pack comes with 12 panels, and you can arrange them however you want. For this size, 4 panels is plenty of space for these guys. There are two heating pads underneath their blankets to make sure they're always warm, as that is still crucial at this age.

The little beebs are loving their new house and even starting to play with each other! Right now we have Moonshine, Mimosa, and Merry (who's still recovering from her infection but doing much better.) Mezcal is off on holiday with his sister, Pippin, but will be back soon.

We've had some hard times with these beebs, especially the orange boys' two calico sisters, but all is well now, and these kittens are healthy and happy!

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A Tale of Five Blind Wonks

I rescued my first blind kitty in the summer of 2016, when I was a manager at the country’s first and largest neonatal kitten nursery. She was about 7 weeks old, emaciated, had a severe URI that caused both of her eyes to ulcerate, and was riddled with worms -- her prognosis was grim. But with lots of TLC, she soon recovered. Her name was Boozy and she was and is ridiculously cute and sassy. I couldn’t resist her charms and ended up adopting her. Little did I know that rescuing Boozy would set me down a path I never could’ve imagined...

A few months after my glorious blind chonk Boozy became mine officially, I sent out an email to all the animal shelters in Texas asking them to contact me immediately if they got any blind kitties in as I knew most shelters would euthanize blind cats on the spot. I was a woman obsessed.

Not even two months later, I got an email from an animal shelter in Houston saying that they had gotten this ridiculous orange blind guy in and he needed a home ASAP... I saw this picture and the next day, we jumped in the car and made the drive to go pick him up. We met his rescuer in the parking lot of a restaurant and this boy let me hold him right away, not scared of the constant traffic whizzing by. He was so calm and brave. We brought Boozy along to keep him company on the drive home, and he immediately settled down to lay beside her, and Boozy took to him automatically and started grooming him.

Over the course of the next few years, my partner and I became involved with various animal rescue organizations. I eventually became known as the “blind cat lady”, so I was contacted all the time about blind kitties who needed rescuing. That resulted in us adding three more blindies (that’s what we call them!) to our family.


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Awww! These special kitties get their own page! How sweet!
Please feel to post more photos of that baby. And bless you for giving that furbie a life chance.
He’s an angel!! More power to you and this little guy.
Hi cutie pie 😘😍😍😍😍 😍😍 😍 how are you doing today?
This is the type of cat I would go looking for. A very loving cat. Never mind all the other things. He's perfect in my eyes!
Best wonky kitto !!
Love these babies
They.have HEART.keepgoing.I.dont have a special needs animal now.she was the size of 3 -6monthold. Under developedno one thought she would live.she did18yrs old. Then passed.thisyr.
He is adorable
Hi little buddy! Here's a pic of my Seymour the Wonder Cat
Just read the blog/story. Made me tear up! Happy to know you and now to know sweet Hawking. 🧡