Knuckles – How With Care Cats Adapt

This is a story shared by a customer of ours, Julia who frequently ‘brings her work home’. It is about her blind cat Knuckles.

Julia works at the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA in Ontario.

Dear Thirstycats:

In February 2015 I brought home a sweet 2 month old brown tabby with eye issues. One eye was not formed properly from birth and the other had suffered corneal damage but the vet thought we might be able to save it. So I medicated it with cream and also applied blood serum – a very cool treatment plan utilizing the cat’s own blood. After 3 weeks there was improvement but the vet thought not enough so at 3 months old both eyes were removed. He was now a blind cat.

He came back to my place to recover and that’s when he stole our hearts!! We called him Knuckles because he was such a little knuckle head, getting into anything and everything! What had happened to him didn’t slow him down one bit!! He plays, runs around the house, up and down stairs and follows me everywhere when I’m home. He’s just over a year and a half now. I have five cats in the house and love every one of them!! All rescue cats!!! We all know that rescue is the best breed ever!! I started using a cat fountain about 3 months after his eye removal and it was a great decision as he started drinking more water…and my other cats love it too!!

When my first fountain died I started looking for a replacement. I can’t have plastic because one of my cats has an allergy. I saw a post done by Hausepanther on Instagram featuring your (thirstycat fountains) product. I checked out your website and fell in love with your pieces. It is so much prettier than the commercial ones. Thank you for making such functional works of art. Madd Max, Captain Blye, Pee Wee, Knuckles, Pinball and myself thank you!!!

Cheers, Julia

I (Keith of Thirstycats) would like to make a comment here – Knuckles would not feel so free nor be so rambunctious if not for the thoroughly loving and trusted environment in which he finds himself. This is a great example for anyone considering rescuing a blind cat or any cat with a physical defect. It needn’t be a defect at all. Cats Adapt! Here is a website about blind cat adoption. Be sure to scroll down to see the video about how blind cats can see.