Likes: Love! She'd be content to be held forever. She also loves to eat.
Pet-Peeves: Getting her claws hung in my shirt! Bring on the growls!
Favorite Toy: She loves anything catnip! As she is blind and almost deaf, she doesn't play with 'regular' cat toys. She enjoys her new scratching box a LOT!
Favorite Nap Spot: Her Tranquility Blanket and her daddy's old jacket!
Favorite Food: ANYTHING! She's got quite an appetite. She loves cat milk, fresh chicken, and any wet cat food.
Skills: She's the best purr-er I've ever known. She loves to snuggle, rub your face with hers and PURR.
Arrival Story: On November 19, 2008, I received a message from Alana at the Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary in North Carolina. She told me about a poor blind cat at the Fulton County (Atlanta) Animal Control. The cat was found by animal control walking in circles in the middle of a road! We could only hope she became lost rather than having been dumped by her owners, but you'd think they would have checked with animal control. Alana wondered if I could go get the cat and we'd make arrangements later to get her to North Carolina to live at the rescue. Of course, I agreed and on 11/20/08 I went to Animal Control in Atlanta. I went to the adoption room where I waited until the young woman working there brought the cat to me. I couldn't believe the poor animal who immediately cuddled in my arms, rubbing her face against mine. She was so thin, I could feel every rib and bone. Her fur was matted and from her scent I could tell she didn't groom herself properly. But she was beautiful! A lovely calico with wide, unseeing eyes and a loud, grateful purr.
The young woman told me in a whisper that her boss was pressuring her to 'put down' this cat - who'd only been there a little over ONE DAY! She was in tears when I told her I'd take the cat with me.
I signed the papers and she was mine.
To be taken to North Carolina and the Blind Cat Rescue, of course.
Thanksgiving was upon us and schedules just didn't allow for me to meet the rescue's director halfway. We decided to wait until after Thanksgiving.
By then, we were so attached, we could not let this little girl go.
It soon became obvious that she doesn't like other cats around. Even our sweetest kitties make her hiss, growl, and walk in tight, unending circles. So we've set her up in an upstairs bedroom and adjoining bath where she has everything a blind cat could need: lots of catnip toys, a scratching pad, waterfall waterer, lots of food, three cat beds plus her favorite - my husband's old jacket :-) - a queen sized bed that she often jumps up on, and best of all - lots and lots of attention and love.
We soon discovered that she's very hard of hearing, if not completely deaf. She does seem to realize when we come into the room, even when we come in quietly, but she doesn't respond to our calling. We think she hears a little, but it can't be very much.
We decided on the name Scarlett. Like Margaret Mitchell's heroine, she definitely needed rescuing from Atlanta! Her fur has quite a bit of orange-red in it. And we're the Butlers (Scarlett O'Hara's married name)! Seemed perfect to us.
Our vet fears she has an enlarged heart and didn't give a very encouraging prognosis on her first vet visit. In January, 2009, we will take her for a more in-depth check-up, now that she's ours.
Scarlett's a sweet, loving cat who asks no more than a quiet, safe place to sleep, food and water, and love. She's grooming herself better now, though not as thoroughly as a cat should, so I help her out with special kitty bath towelettes. She seems to enjoy her baths. She's a sweetheart who definitely deserved a chance at life.
Welcome home, sweet Scarlett!
Bio: UPDATE: 2/6/09
Last week we took Scarlett for blood work. Our vet thinks she's around 12 years old, rather than the 10 we'd first estimated. Thankfully, almost everything was normal with the blood work. However, the enzymes for her kidney function were elevated. We're going to start her on a special diet and begin giving her extra fluids beneath the skin. (If her Meowmy can learn from the vet how to do this! I'm willing to do whatever it takes to help her.)
Her teeth were in terrible condition, and our wonderful vet cleaned lots and lots of tartar off them free of charge. I think, like most everyone who meets Scarlett, she's fallen in love with this brave, sweet cat.
Purr for our success in getting sweet Scarlett healthy!
Update: March, 2009
We have carried Scarlett back for more blood work and her enzyme level had dropped dramatically!!! What wonderful news! This means that her kidneys are not under as much strain and will be able to work longer to keep her little body going. The Sub-Q fluids are working!
I've also removed the last of the matted fur from beneath her body, something that took quite a lot of time (and patience!). She's gained weight and her fur is clean, soft, and shiny now. Scarlett's turned into a very beautiful cat and we love her so much.
Update: April, 2009
Scarlett is now helping other blind cats at Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary. She has her own store on eBay!! All proceeds go to the Rescue. They are working to construct a 4th cat house. This will allow other blind cats to find a safe, caring home. Won't you visit Katie Scarlett's Attic and help the blind cats?
UPDATE: NOV. 16, 2009
Over the last three weeks, Scarlett had gone steadily downhill. She lost even more weight, and even increased fluids weren't helping. We made the decision to help her to the Bridge on 11/16/09. She slipped away peacefully. We know she is now free, healthy, and can SEE at last. In our one short year together, Scarlett, you taught me so much about courage and strength even in the face of physical weakness. I will always love you and I know that we will be together again one day...
Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary was started to answer the need for a safe place for blind cats that were deemed unadoptable by regular shelters and were going to be killed just because they are blind.
We are a registered non profit with the state of North Carolina. There are no paid employees, only volunteers, so all contributions go directly to the kitties.
Rescue is about restoring hope and dignity to creatures for whom no one else cares about. We are but humble vessels to help these magnificent creatures find their forever homes. The responsibility is big but the returns on our emotional investment are greater. You cannot place a value on the look of contentment that comes when an animal is clean, exercised, warm, fed and safe for the first time in its life.
Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary
Helping Blind Cats See a Future!
I have an eBay store! But it's not for ME. All proceeds benefit the Blind Cat Rescue, helping blind cats like me find a safe, caring home. Won't you visit my store and help?
Katie Scarlett's Attic: An eBay Store to Benefit Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary
Just three years ago, my Meowmy saved me from a kill shelter. I was set to die because I was very old and blind. Meowmy learned about me from a wonderful place called Blind Cat Rescue of North Carolina. I was supposed to go there to live, but I stole Meowmy's heart, then Purrdaddy's too, so I suddenly had a forever home!
In the almost-year I had with my pawrents, I was loved so much. I had chronic renal failure, and Meowmy learned to give sub-Q fluids. Every day we cuddled and talked while I got 'stuck'. I hated it at first, but eventually I wasn't so frightened and realized somehow it must help me 'cause I felt much better afterwards.
I was quite a teacher! From me, Meowmy learned that blind cats are just like other kitties and need loving homes, too. Won't you stop by their website at www.blindcatrescue.com and meet the blind kitties there? It's an amazing place with many remarkable cats - cats just like me.
My Meowmy asked me to sprinkle some magic angel dust from the Bridge today for a very special cause!
I was once a blind cat! But now at the Bridge, I can see everything! Isn't that wonderful?
I have two Earth brofurs who are blind and one sisfur who is visually impaired. Here at the Bridge, I have LOTS of furriends who were blind while they were on Earth.
Did you know that even 'no-kill' shelters sometimes euthanize blind cats because they are considered 'unadoptable'?
Did you realize that a blind, black blind cat - like our Bones and Charcoal - stands virtually no hope of adoption?
That cats can become blind due to birth defects, trauma, untreated disease, and yes, even human cruelty?
Did you also know that blind cats love to climb??
That we love to play with cat toys??
That we run and jump and enjoy life JUST LIKE OTHER CATS?
Did you know that there's a very special place for blind cats? A place where they are treated with love, respect, and care? It's TRUE!
This heaven-on-earth for blind cats is Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary of North Carolina, featured in the June, 2010 issue of Cat Fancy. www.blindcatrescue.com
BCR is the dream and life's work of a very special woman, and the Sanctuary depends on the sponsorships of the cats and donations from caring people around the world.
But YOU can help BCR today and everyday in the Shelter Challenge at The Animal Rescue Site! It's FREE and EASY and it can truly make a difference.
Our Stevie, Bones, and Charcoal are some of the lucky ones. They found a loving, caring home, thanks to messages sent to my Meowmy from BCR! I was Meowmy's first blind cat, also sent through BCR. Without BCR, I would have been euthanized!! Imagine!! We found homes, but 0ther kitties need the resources only a Rescue can provide.
Won't you help by voting today and every day during the contest for Blind Cat Rescue of NC? (Don't forget to confirm your vote by identifying the animal photo shown after you vote!)
So many of you have supported Meowmy, Mama Terry and their friends' quest to find Justice for Eve, the sweet kitten who died shortly after being adopted from Okefenokee Humane Society in Waycross, GA. You can read all about Eve on her Catster page:
I asked Meowmy to update you on a positive development!! A man from the GA Department of Agriculture answered Meowmy's (third) email to that office! He asked for Eve's medical records, saying they were necessary for an inquiry to proceed. Of course, Meowmy sent them right away. So it looks like someone has noticed us!! PURRRRRR!!!
This may take time. (Has the government ever moved quickly??) We promise to keep you updated when we have news.
For all who care about Eve, please take a moment and sign her petition, if you haven't already. It's never to late to take a stand for all the animals still at Okefenokee HS. Thank you for caring so much!!!!