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cats with disabilities

…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.

From the Blind Cat Rescue Society, North Carolina: http://blindcatrescue.com/Aboutus.html (and on Facebook).

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. 

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Documentary filmmaker (Public Art Private Views), writer, interviewer (podcast: Conversations With Courage) and blogger (meinkat.com; publicartprivateviews.com; coastlinejournal.org)


  1. Coastline Editor says

    I don’t know about them. I am not really interviewing outside of Vancouver/Seattle at the moment, but if I can get a clean SKYPE video I might do that. I don’t have a decent enough web cam–correction, I don’t have a web cam–at present.

  2. Hopefully you will be able to get an interview with Little Bear? And Justin The Fire Survivor? Just love your articles!!!

  3. Cheryl says

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for including Oskar & Klaus in Mein Kat. Mick & Bethany have done so much to support and promote rescue and they prove time and time again that a disability is not a defect. I am always proud to say that I volunteer at The Cat House, the no-kill shelter where they adopted Klaus.

  4. Thank you MeinKat for highlighting limited vision cats or other cats with challenges. Thank you Bethany for sharing Oskar’s story.

    My blind cat, Lucy, uses echolocation to locate things like her toys when she tosses them too far. She also does the same to jump on the kitchen counter or high surfaces she can’t really see. It is really fun watching her play. She is a very normal cat in most ways.

    She doesn’t cover her litter refuse but no worries, I just cover it for her. She actually chases after my older cat very well and doesn’t run into walls. But, an occasional bump into things is quite normal. She has adapted to living with a bigger being as well. She has what I call a “proximity alert” that she uses when she is near my feet and I may step on her toes.

    I have learned more about patience and being grateful for what I have in life including her, of course. She just takes every day as it comes. Animals live more in the present naturally but we have to meditate and buy tons of books to learn how to do that:)

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