Friday, April 16, 2010

My Baby's Got Blue Eyes

 
Miss Scarlett... finely tuned at fourteen
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"An animal will always look for a person's intentions by looking them right in the eyes." ~ H. Powers

Miss Scarlett and her brother Mr. Rhett (aka Houdini) are fourteen this year. Rhett is as sharp as ever; able to dart out an open door in a fraction of a second and quick enough to evade capture unless you are able to grab at that long tail. His Siamese tail has saved him many times. Rhett never seems to learn that it is not a friendly world out there for kitties with cars and raccoons and other nasty critters in the swamp preserve behind the house. His cat curiosity always gets the best of him.

Miss Scarlett, for the most part, is physically fine. She has never gotten over her nervousness and pacing when anyone is around, but she did gain all her weight back after that bladder stone surgery and so far, no more problem in that area. I've noticed over the last year that she seemed to be running into things and being startled by objects in the middle of the room or if we moved objects out in the garage. She spends a lot of her time in the safety of a box, with her back up against a wall or door. Miss Scarlett is for all purposes blind.... no cataracts and eyes just as clear as ever.... she just cannot see. We think she sees a bit of light and shapes but not really any detail. She is able to get around her special places just fine... as long as nothing is moved.

For cats as well as humans... it really is no fun getting old.

We haven't been to Friday's Ark in some time, nor have the kitties seen their friends at the Carnival of the Cats ... this week at When Cats Attack.

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27 comments:

Beverly said...

Sarah and I were just saying that you hadn't posted about any of your cats lately.  We are so glad to see Miss Scarlett's beautiful eyes, but sad to hear that she is not seeing.  Yes, getting old is not for the faint of heart.

yaffa said...

Those eyes are beautiful.

Abby said...

Oh Miss Scarlett
We are so happy to see your gorgeous face, but sadden to hear about your loss of eyesight.
Yes getting old sucks to be blunt.
For humans as well as for cats...

purrs
Abby

Simply Col said...

Still as beautiful as ever dear sweet Miss Scarlet.  So sorry to hear of the loss in vision.  I once had a sweet little Lhasa who was blind for the last two years of her life.   It took awhile but I finally realized that I was bothered more by her blindness than she was.   I am sending little kitty prayers Miss Scarlet's way.  No... getting old is not easy.  The love of those who care soften the path.

"The Boys" and Karen at Kittens 'n Things said...

Miss Scarlet really is a beauty; such beautiful eyes. We're sorry to learn that she can't see.

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