Two kittens with congenital eye abnormalities were rescued by volunteers from a local shelter in Virginia. The two brother kittens were just a few weeks old when one was picked up by an avid fosterer/rescuer named Jen. However, when the kind-hearted woman noticed that the little blind cat misses her brother, she went back to the shelter to get him.
Meet Bop the blind cat!
“Bop’s eyes could not be saved. It is likely that he has never been able to see,” Jen said during an interview with Love Meow. Apparently, Bop suffered a condition called microphthalmia, which forced doctors to remove his one eye to avoid further infection.
As soon as Jen heard the story of the blind cat, she immediately transferred Bop to Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation in Fairfax, Virginia.
“I knew he had a brother (Boop), but they were not in a cage together. Boop was being made immediately available for adoption, while Bop still needed to recover from his eye surgery and post-op ordeal. Over the next week, I couldn’t get Boop out of my mind.”
Jen knew she has to go back to the shelter to get Bop’s little brother.
“I asked them if I could pull him, too. They said, ‘Yes!'”
“I reunited the brothers and they have been inseparable ever since,” Jen told Love Meow.
Just like his brother Bop, Boop is also suffering from a congenital eye abnormality and needed a series of surgeries to fix his eyes. “He has a condition called eyelid agenesis, where part of the eyelids do not form, leading to discomfort and chronic eye infections.”
“These surgeries are expensive and delicate, and if not adopted by a person who could afford these surgeries, he would have had a life of discomfort and possibly chronic infections.”
Fortunately, the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation had raised enough funds for Boop to go through surgery.
“Early on, we had to teach him how to use the stairs and get up on certain furniture, but now he zips up and down the stairs, climbs the cat tree, races around the house, and can find his favorite toys even when they get lost under furniture,” Jen told Love Meow.
“He compensates for his lost vision by paying closer attention to sounds and smells. He also relies on his whiskers a lot.”
“If Boop jumps onto a dresser, Bop can hear how far away Boop is and can follow his lead,” Jen told Love Meow.
The two brother kittens love to play with each other and don’t have problems getting along with the resident cats.
“Aside from being brave, he is also a total love bug. He excels at making biscuits, loves to lick noses, and gets so excited about being a pet that sometimes he can’t settle down long enough to get pet!”
“Bop also makes the most adorable little sounds. I think that because he doesn’t always know where we are in the house, he likes to announce his movements. He’ll come running down the stairs, meowing the whole time, so we just chat back at him – that way he knows where we are and can find us easily,” Jen told Love Meow.
The two are just inseparable.
“They are two of the most endearing fosters we’ve ever had. They are both very sweet and outgoing, but I have never met a kitten as curious, brave, or friendly as Bop,” Jen told Love Meow. “He greets everyone who walks in the door, is the first to explore new spaces or toys and is just a really happy guy.”
Despite their situation, the two cats are able to play and cuddle just like any other kitties.
They are also the sweetest ever!
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