Charlotte - Our Wonder Cat
Last year a good friend of mine gifted me a book titled "Homer's Odyssey" – A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat. My friend knew it was just my kind of story. What neither of us knew was that a few months later my Foundation would have the opportunity to rescue and save a blind kitten we named Charlotte. Here is her story.
Charlotte was born to a feral mother on a farm in Rappahannock County. She, as well as several of her brothers and sisters, had contacted the feline Herpes virus in utero, meaning it was passed from the mother cat to her babies. Poor Charlotte's eyes were a mess. The virus had wreacked havoc with them—but she was still a beautiful kitten! She was sweet, affectionate and playful despite her very rough start in life. She was battling a bad upper respiratory infection, common with this virus, and the virus itself had all but destroyed both of her eyes. The first vet her foster mom took her to insisted that she be euthanized. The second vet was more understanding and compassionate and recommended that we take her to an eye specialist.
But first we had to find the funding for such an expensive surgery. Luckily one of our board members offered to underwrite all costs! The surgery was performed last week and the photo you see is Charlotte three days post-surgery. This kitten radiates sweetness!
Her foster mom reports daily that Charlotte is a very feisty girl! She has figured out how to climb over the pet gate, jump up on the bed and lots of other things! She plays with her toys and does not seem to be phased by not having sight. Charlotte is our "Wonder Cat!"