Thursday, September 22, 2011

Kittens with Eye Condition Find Relief at ACR


Meet the Peanuts gang! This family of Siamese-mix kittens was rescued by ACR in College Park, Maryland as part of a TNR project. Being born to a feral mother meant these kittens were little spitfires in the beginning, but after some time in a foster home with lots of patience and love, these kittens now welcome the company of people. Each kitten has a unique personality and loves to show it off when you enter the room.
Rerun and Woodstock
 There’s Rerun and Woodstock. Rerun is very outgoing and has a milk mustache. Woodstock is a little more relaxed and enjoys butt scratches. Charlie is the fuzzy one in the bunch, who flattens out like a pancake when you pet him, and there’s Linus, who is a little more reserved and enjoys hanging back and watching the others’ antics. Snoopy is the only girl in the family and has the Siamese shaped face but not the coloring. She may be petite but her strong-willed nature will quickly convince you to make a lap for her to curl up on.

Snoopy and Linus
Besides their cuteness, there is something else special about this family of kittens…they all have an eye condition called eyelid agenesis. This means their eyelids did not properly develop, which causes the hairs around their eyes to irritate the eyes. If this condition is left untreated, the irritating hairs will cause scarring on the eye that would eventually lead to blindness. ACR has successfully treated several cats in the past for this condition, which is most likely the result of genetics and poor nutrition in the early stages of life. Rerun and Woodstock’s eyelids are only slightly underdeveloped and do not require treatment; however, Charlie, Linus and Snoopy do need corrective surgery. Charlie, the fuzzy one, is also blind in his right eye due to the malformation of his eye. But you would never know it, with the way he romps around with his brothers and sister!
Charlie
 In following the No-Kill policy, ACR only euthanizes a cat if absolutely necessary, and in this case, these kittens will live happy, comfortable lives once they receive corrective surgery. And despite the financial strain to treat these kittens, they will undergo surgery very soon. If you wish to help Alley Cat Rescue provide surgery to Charlie, Snoopy and Linus, please consider making a donation through Chip-In. These kittens are also available for adoption and will need special loving homes, so if you are interested in adopting one of the kittens please contact Alley Cat Rescue at 301-277-5595 or at ACR@saveacat.org.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Glad these kitties are being saved!!
compared to what some cats have to go through!

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