Blue-Eyed, Yellow-Eyed Kitty
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It’s been a while since I’ve written about my cats, or I should say, “our cats,” my granddaughter Emma’s and husband Jerry’s. Yes, all three of us love our felines. Even with cleaning the litter box, changing their water daily, and sweeping up all that cat hair. Honestly, I don’t see how in the world either three of them have a single hair left on their bodies because it is all over my basement.

 

My entire married life I have been the crazy cat lady. For some reason cats just suddenly appear at my door. Kittens, toms, mommy’s ready to have babies, you name it and I’ve welcomed them with open arms. But, sometimes you have to say, “Stop.” A few years back it seemed like every day or two a new cat appeared at my house. I’d love on them and get attached, then one day they just wouldn’t show up for breakfast. Honestly, after losing a dozen or more cats and feeling the loss of every one of them I decided I wasn’t going to put myself through the devastation of loosing another kitty. But of course the pleas of my granddaughter overrode my senses and two years ago we adopted Charcoal and Pumpkin.

 

I knew that the only way to keep these two new additions to the family safe would be to keep them in the basement at night. It seemed that coyotes had invaded our territory and were snatching my cats at night, dragging them off to their den, leaving no trace of blood, hair or skin. I spoke with an animal biologist and he said that was their way… grab them and run.

 

Not long after Charcoal and Pumpkin came to live with us Emma and I were coming home from school one afternoon and not far from my house there sat a solid white kitten on the side of the road. Of course I stopped… and of course I loaded her up and brought her home. That poor kitten was staved half to death and infested with fleas. It literally took me months of treatments to shed her of those little varmints. Emma named her Snowball, she has one blue eye and one yellow eye.

 

I had always heard that white cats with blue eyes are blind, but after doing my homework I came to find out that blue-eyed, white cats are not more prone to blindness than any other cat. However, hereditary deafness is a major concern in white cats, even more so if one or both irises are blue in color. Only 17 – 22 percent of white cats with non-blue eyes are born deaf, the percentage rises to 40 percent if the cat has one blue eye, while almost 65 – 85 percent of all white cats with both eyes blue are deaf. The side with the blue eye is usually the ear that is prone to be deaf.

 

But no need to worry, whether Snowball is deaf in one ear or blind in one eye she appears to be very normal. In fact most cat owners who have cats with these handicaps may never know anything is wrong with their pet. If in fact your cat is deaf in both ears you must be extra careful with them. They can’t hear a dog barking or a car rushing by so it might be a good idea to keep these cats inside all the time. Also, white cats sunburn very easily so be mindful of that too.

 

Our cats are part of the family, they have habits and routines just like we do. They especially have different personalities. Charcoal is a big baby, he runs from every strange sound, and he meows when he wants out of the basement while Pumpkin and Snowball seldom make a sound. Pumpkin loves to chase the little red pen light and Snowball will do anything to get you to rub her. They are all happily spayed, neutered and living life to the fullest, each in his or her own world of wonders and amazement.

 

You know we humans sometime form opinions from what another person tells us about someone, or we look at an individual and think, man who is that with all those piercings, and tattoo’s? If someone doesn’t fit into what the world thinks they should look and act like then they are judged. Why can’t we just treat people like we do our animals? It doesn’t matter what color our pets are, or if they are fat, hairless, grumpy, have three legs instead of four, or have different colored eyes. We love them no matter what. Just like Jesus, He loves us with every one of our flaws, the ones on the outside and the ones on the inside. Before we judge others, we may want to look in the mirror, do you see perfection, or do you see one blue eye and one yellow eye?

 

 

Matthew 7:1-5 ESV

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.”

  

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