Editor’s note: At least one photo in this post might be too intense for some readers. Discretion advised.
The story of Stevie begins when this bijou kitty was found holed up in a bunch of bushes deep in the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was just six weeks old and weighed barely two pounds. After a kindly passerby spotted the kitten and noticed that she appeared to be suffering from some particularly icky eye issues, she scooped her up and brought her to the Kentwood Cat Clinic.
Unfortunately, vets at the clinic quickly decided that Stevie’s fate came down to two options: Either surgery to remove both her eyes, or euthanasia. Thankfully, the former option was taken up and surgery was a success — although it has left Stevie blind.
Pondering the cause of Stevie’s injuries, vets have speculated that she may have contracted an initial eye infection while living in the wild. Her situation then worsened due to her lack of vaccinations.
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help pay for Stevie’s medical costs, with the aim of raising $3,000. Part of that money is set aside to assist her transition to a new life at the Reuben’s Room rescue facility, where she’s currently going through a period of rehabilitation and recuperation.
Due to Stevie’s blindness, she’s been given her own cat condo at Reuben’s Room, with the privacy hopefully helping her to acclimatize to a life without vision. To that end, she has a choice of three beds to snooze in (all lined up next to each other), while her food and water dishes are kept nearby.
Stevie has quickly shown herself to be an exceptionally playful kitten. Writing to the Reuben’s Room blog, an update explains how “we know she is playing because she has managed to learn how to wash her own toys — or at least she has learned how to throw her toys into one of her water dishes.”
Despite losing both of her eyes, Stevie appears to be a quick learner and is already discovering new tricks to get by.
“When Stevie knows there is somebody close by she waits to see if they are going to come close enough to play with her, and when they do she is one happy kitten,” reads another blog entry from the end of July.
If you’d like to foster or provide a forever home for Stevie once she’s fully back on her feet, you can contact the Reuben’s Room rescue. Her GoFundMe page is still accepting donations towards her medical care and bills.
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About Phillip Mlynar: The self-appointed world’s foremost expert on rappers’ cats. When not penning posts on rap music, he can be found building DIY cat towers for his adopted domestic shorthair, Mimosa, and collecting Le Creuset cookware (in red). He has also invented cat sushi, but it’s not quite what you think it is.