"This is Ray Charles - whose legs ARE very long! :)"
Age: 10 Months Sex: Male
"This is Rachel being cheeky!"
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"Rachel at the vet's office"
"Ray Charles at the vet's office"
"Ray the Executive Cat"
"Rachel, trying to learn how to work the doorknob!" [See My CatsterPlus Photo Book]
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Ray-Ray (for Ray Charles). Rachel doesn't really have any nicknames.
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February 1st 2013
Rachel LOVE playing and CHICKEN! Ray is very shy but loves to play.
Ray isn't fond of being held. Rachel so far as I can tell loves EVERYTHING and EVERYONE!
All of the KONG brand toys & teasers I've bought them, and CAT DANCERS!
Favorite Nap Spot:
They are both so active I don't think they take naps!
They are both very treat-oriented! Also Fancy Feast canned & PetSmart's Authority dry kitten formula.
Rachel is VERY loving & social and, given time and patience, I believe Ray Charles will be an excellent companion.
The official page for them with all the latest info is:
THEY MOST BOTH BE INDOOR-ONLY KITTIES IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ADOPTING THEM. ALSO THEY MUST BE ADOPTED TOGETHER! THEY ARE A STRONGLY-BONDED BROTHER AND SISTER PAIR AND CANNOT BE SEPARATED.
Ray Charles and Rachel were kittens from a feral colony in Greenville, SC, that my cousin was going to adopt. That plan fell through and, since I'd committed to fostering them anyway so she could move into her new house before taking them, I agreed to foster them until we could find another home because, otherwise, they most likely would have been put to sleep.
In a nutshell, these two kittens were part of a feral colony near Greenville, SC, and, from all accounts, it was a nightmare of a place. The people living there didn't want the cats there and were going so far as to attempt to run over some of them with their cars to reinforce their hatred of them. Local volunteers worked tirelessly to save as many of these unfortunate felines as possible, and Ray Charles and his sister, Rachel, are two of the lucky kitties that got plucked from that horrendous situation.
Unfortunately, their troubles weren't over. Both kitties were born with a genetic condition called ENTROPION, which involves a portion of the eyelid being inverted or folded inward against the cat's eyeball. This results in irritation and scratches to the cornea, the front surface of the eye, leading to corneal ulceration, or corneal perforation. It can also leave dark-colored scar tissue to build up over the wound (pigmentary keratitis). These factors may cause a loss or decrease in vision. While facial shape often is the primary cause of entropion (think brachycephalic breeds of cats, such as Persians), entropion can affect any type of kitty.
For these lucky two, help was at hand in the form of Dr. Carolyn Anderson at The Cat Clinic of Greenville. Dr. Anderson performed surgery on both kitties and gave of her time and talents to house them while they recovered.
The end result was, all in all, very good. Rachel can see just fine - and while her eyelids DO look a bit different, to me this just adds to her uniqueness, making her look more exotic and appealing. It DOES NOT adversely affect her ability to see, or her ability to play or do anything else one little bit. She is as cute as a little button and lively 24/7. I really don't think she sleeps!
Ray Charles, however, had the more severe case of entropion and, while Dr. Anderson did everything she could, his eyes had suffered more damage than Rachel's eyes by the time she got him on the operating table. Ray CAN see - though how much or how clearly we simply do not know. There is no way, I don't think, to find out, or measure that. But it doesn't stop him: Ray is a normal, playful, sweet boy! He sees light and dark; he sees shapes; he gets around my office, where he and Rachel are being housed, perfectly ... runs and plays with the toys I've given him, tussles with Rachel, jumps up fearlessly onto my desk and my desk chair and the window sills and, in this respect, acts just like a "normal" fully-sighted cat - and does everything I would expect from a 7-month old kitten!
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