Blind Cat Leads Family to Her Kittens After Seeking Comfortable Home Her Whole Life

Late last month, Coastal Bend Cat Rescue (CBCR) in Corpus Christi, Texas was contacted about a feline family of four needing a foster home.

A stray cat was found wandering outside at an elderly couple’s residence. Their son, on a routine visit to their home, noticed that the cat’s eyes appeared crusted shut. He followed the friendly tabby to her den and was surprised to discover three tiny kittens that she had been caring for.

“He contacted our rescue for help. At the time, the cat was thought to have bad eye infections that sealed her eyes closed,” Mary Huckabee, CBCR Officer, told Love Meow.

As soon as they had an available foster home, they welcomed them in with open arms.

Two of the kittens were very malnourished, showing signs of an upper respiratory infection (URI). The cat mother, named Clue, scarfed down the food before settling in her comfy, warm nest with her babies (Candyland, Monopoly and Chutes and Ladders) nursing on her belly.

As Clue’s eye drainage improved, they noticed that she didn’t have normal eye tissue and was completely blind.

“Our vet thinks she has congenital microphthalmia, born with very small or absent eyes. She will need enucleation to prevent recurrent infections,” Mary shared with Love Meow.

“Being blind doesn’t bother her at all. Mama Clue was very protective of her babies.”

With a safe home, warm beds, and medical care, the kittens regained their appetite and started putting on weight. Their eyes all cleared up after a week of TLC.

Whenever the kittens were taken out of the cube to be weighed, Mama Clue kept close tabs on them. She made sure that her babies would be quickly returned to the nest and into her loving arms.

“Occasionally she would be surprised when a baby would meow from a place where she didn’t expect.”

At three weeks old, the kittens were getting mobile and actively trying to find their feet. Mama Clue wasn’t so pleased when one or all three of them embarked on an escapade outside the mama-approved safe zone.

“She would carry them back to ‘their place’ over and over before she realized she was fighting a losing battle and that her babies were now ready to explore.”

Clue enjoys the company of her people and seeks affection from them. She will lean in for head scritches, or flop on her side to signal that her belly needs to be rubbed. “She starts making biscuits as soon as her foster mom enters the enclosure,” Mary told Love Meow.

“Even though she was an outdoor cat for her whole life and blind, she figured out the littler box right away, and is thrilled to be living a life of luxury now.”

Mama Clue and her precious trio are thriving in foster care. The kittens, now at four weeks old, have reached several milestones, and their personalities are emerging.

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