…aren’t necessarily disabilities, for one thing; for another, as with humans challenged by loss of a limb, or sense, or having been born with a disability (such as Lil Bub’s dwarfism), they find ways to live with, compensate for, or overcome these challenges. There are cats in shelters looking for loving homes who are blind, or who have had a leg amputated, or perhaps were born with a disfigurement like Klaus’s right ear…none of these should be reason to reject.
In fact, if you’re a compassionate person like Bethany, you take in that animal, as she describes here in this excerpt from our recent interview in Seattle.
Blind cats are cats that just happen to not be able to see. They have no idea they are blind. They know they are cats. They act like cats. Blind cats can do pretty much everything that a seeing cat can do. Cora, who sees nothing, climbs to the top of a 7 foot climber…she got there all by herself and she will come down the same way she went up. One of the only things I have found that stops a blind cat is a gate, fence or wall. Because they can’t see the other side of a gate, they have no concept that they can get to the other side. Blind cats can climb trees (they tend to back down feet first to get down), climb on cabinets, etc. Some things that will make it easier on your blind cat to live with you are to try to stay somewhat consistent on the important things, like the litter box and their food. For the rest of the house, live normal; they will go around things. If you watch a blind cat, you will see that they point their whiskers out so the whiskers will brush against something typically before they hit it.
By the way, one of the charities that benefits from Oskar & Klaus merchandise is The Cat House, in Lincoln Nebraska, a no-kill shelter where Mick and Bethany adopted Klaus.