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Monday, May 16, 2016

The Specials: Adopting a Blind (Superstar) Cat

Welcome to week sixteen of The Specials, a series focusing on special needs pet adoption. Senior pets, those with chronic medical issues, behavioral or temperament concerns as well as overlooked or misunderstood breeds like Pit Bulls and black cats. If not for the kindness, courage, and compassion of their adopters, many of these animals would have been euthanized in shelters or died alone and hungry on the streets. Please check out past special needs adoption posts here.

special needs cat adoption, Moet the Blind Cat

Moet was living in a filthy, cramped cage in a pet store in Oman, a small nation neighboring Saudi Arabia. Initially, there were many cats in the cage with her, but one by one they were purchased, leaving Moet alone. Moet grew sick and weak and her eyes crusted over from severe infection and neglect. Assuming she would die, the shopkeepers abandoned her without food, water, or bedding.

special needs cat adoption, Moet the Blind Cat

Fortunately, a kind-hearted woman discovered Moet before it was too late and rushed her to a veterinary clinic. Moet underwent emergency surgery, but unfortunately lost both eyes. 

Around the same time, Emily was looking for a companion for her cat Luna, a rescued three-year-old Maine Coon. When the vet contacted her about Moet, she was initially hesitant and not sure she had the time to take on a cat with special needs. However, once she met Moet, she knew they were a perfect match. "I crouched down next to her and she instantly rolled over for tummy rubs and purred loudly. I was sold," Emily says. 

special needs cat adoption, Moet the Blind Cat

Moet now lives the life of feline luxury with food, love, comfy beds, and custom made cat trees. She loves chasing ping pong balls, playing in card board boxes, and enjoying a nice breeze on her enclosed, kitty safe balcony. Emily hopes Moet's growing social media popularity will help raise awareness and funds for the strays of Oman

special needs cat adoption, Moet the Blind Cat

Moet shares her home with Luna, Cosmo, and Lily (pictured above). Lily was rescued from a local market where she was living in a bird cage with no food, slimy water, and wire flooring. Like Moet, Lily adjusted perfectly to life indoors and continues to purr gratefully over her new loving home. 

special needs cat adoption, Moet the Blind Cat

Originally from the UK, Emily has lived in countries and cities around the world, but has fallen in love with Oman. She, along with other Omani Paws volunteers, work tirelessly to change hearts and minds and improve the lives of animals in their country. There are no shelters or legislation protecting animals in Oman and conditions for strays and those in pet shops are often bleak. Omani Paws practices TNR of strays, helps with injured, abused, and abandoned animals as well as providing foster care and adoption services. Dedicated volunteers use their own resources and currently have veterinary bills exceeding $10,000. Emily dreams of some day opening the nation's first animal sanctuary, but for now, she and the other volunteers continue to help as many animals as they can on their own. 

The pet blogging community is both generous and inclusive and I hope will join me in embracing Emily and Moet's cause to raise awareness and funds for animals in Oman. All donations will be used to cover veterinary expenses for animals like Moet and Lily. If you aren't in a position to donate, please share Moet's story and like her on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and twitter. Thanks to Emily for sharing Moet's story with me - I will absolutely be following this special kitty's rise to international super stardom!

special needs cat adoption, Moet the Blind Cat

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36 comments

  1. Hari OM
    what a beautiful feline!!! thanks for bringing news of Moet to Blogville!!! YAM xx

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  2. That is one beautiful kitty and I get blind cats get around just fine with their other senses and whiskers.

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  3. Oh my goodness Moet's life turned around 360 degrees. What a beautiful story.
    I love that pink nose
    Hugs Madi and Mom

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  4. That sure is a great story and I have shared it and invited people on Facebook. Hope they get lots of help. What a pretty kitty..

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  5. What a great post! I am so happy that Moet got her happy ending. And Emily and Omani Paws stand for such a great cause! I, too, will be following Moet and Emily's story.

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  6. What a lovely story!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  7. Moet I'm so sad that you landed at this evil shop.... how awful they acted with putting you away like an old box... I'm so glad you found this woman and later you found a wonderful home...

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  8. what a lovely cat and what a tragic sad story. Our oldest cat Baby had constant eye infections as a kitten and we where forever putting in drops and taking her to the vet. Thank goodness she recovered. A person who would ignore such a thing is a monster

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  9. What s precious little one. Our friends always adopt Kitty kats
    Lily & Edward

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  10. What a wonderful story!!! stella rose

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  11. What great work those volunteers are doing in Oman.
    Thanks for telling us all about it.

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  12. What a wonderful story. Moet is such a beautiful kitty!

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  13. What a pretty girl!!! We thank all the peeps involved along the way who helped Moet make her way to such a loving furever hoe.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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  14. iA super story and a Superstar indeed!!!

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  15. Moet....ewe R a gorgeouz gal......we R troo lee sorree bout how ya spent yur furst yeerz; but we R troo lee HAPPEE ewe finded yur for everz with Emily & familee....blessings two de woman who finded ewe & gifted ewe with help ♥♥♥ we hope omani paws getz de funds they knead ♥♥♥

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  16. What a geat story, and we're so happy for beautiful Moet! We will share her story immediately!

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  17. We're so happy Moet got such a loving forever family! At first, we thought she was a stuffie....Laugh is on us!

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  18. We are glad Moet has a furever family, He looks like a nice fella!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  19. We are glad the kind-hearted woman stepped in. And we are also glad Emily fell in love with Moet. Moet looks as though she is very happy now :)


    the critters in the cottage xo

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  20. It's terrible how Moet and Lily were treated! I'm glad they found a wonderful family.

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  21. OMC. We cannot believe the shop owners left Moët to die like that. Thank cod she was saved and found the purrfect home with Emily. Thank you for sharing Moet's story with us.

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  22. Kudos to Emily. When we read to Pop about the shop owner abandoning Moet, Pop cried out cos he couldn't believe it. I'm glad there was a lucky ending for Moet.

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    1. BTW, concats on your nominations! They are well deserved.

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  23. Thank goodness for that kind-hearted woman who saved Moet. And how wonderful for Emily to adopt her. Glad she her story ended well!

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  24. Moet looks like a painting in that 3rd picture. A pretty kitty.

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  25. What a wonderful end to such a tragic beginning! Mes always loves happy endings! Moet is such a handsome cat!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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  26. Tears...of joy. Bless these critters and these people. And you. Bless you, too. Hugs.

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  27. I am very happy that this beauty was rescued.

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  28. Oh, Moet is so beautiful...love happy endings! Lily lived in a bird cage? Oh my that is just awful. So happy for her now! And she, too, is a beauty!

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  29. Bow wow, I enjoyed this very much! My name is Christmas and I am a 2 year old Dachshund running for da mayor of Blogville! My momma donates to doggy rescues every time someone joins our blog www.pawprovince.com so do you think you could give us a follow? Thanks!

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  30. Beautiful cat. So pleased she has her forever home.

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  31. Beautiful cat. So pleased she has her forever home.

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  32. How did we miss this post earlier this week? What absolutely gorgeous cats! It's touching to read tales of special needs cats finding homes all around the world.

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  33. Moet is stunning - and how wonderful of Emily to 'see' the beauty where others did not!

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