This is Cookie a few days ago. Just four weeks and a miracle later - with perfect eyesight in both eyes!!
And a reminder of how Cookie looked the day I found her.
It was very questionable what would become of her eyes. We left the vet with the message that maybe the left eye could be saved (there really wasn't much in there behind the grunge!).
But we persisted with camomille washes and antibiotic eye-cream and it appeared already after two weeks that she might actually have eyesight on both eyes.
After three weeks Cookie was flashing her perfect eyes before the enamoured photographer...
- and again a few days ago - Cookie with perfect eyes and an utterly CHARMING personality.
But of course there was also the promised story of Cookie's brother Biscuit (thank you Sandra for helping with the name).
Three days after Cookie was rescued from the side of a road, I spotted what I am convinced is Cookie's mother and two kittens - also with eye problems. One ginger kitten completely blind and one "latte"-tabby - partly blind. The story began to add up to me that someone had dumped their "problem" (kitty mum with three seemingly blind kittens) at the side of the road. I've fed dumpster cats in this particular spot for two years and have never seen this little kitty mum before. Kitty mum appeared confused over her location. She was very cuddly and wearing a collar - not much more that 6-8 months old herself and therefore not at all ready to have kittens. I felt in a huge predicament not really having the physical space to handle more cats - really not! But, to cut a long story short, I entually brought Biscuit home after a trip to the vet (ginger kitten never having reappeared). At this point I had to leave kitty mum behind to see if ginger kitten was still around. I only saw him once and therefore didn't know if he was hiding in the bushes. Unfortunaly a few days later it appeared that he had somehow perished and her milk was beginning to dry up. At this point I also scooped up kitty mum. Her longhaired fur coat had just gotten more and more messy and it was obvious she was not in familiar territory. Cookie recognised both her brother and mother after 8 and 10 days - independently of each other. Kitty mum is not interested in providing milk but she preens both of them vigorously. Anyhow... back to Biscuit's progress...
Biscuit's blind and horribly swollen and infected eye has shrunk and retreated back into the eye socket. He has an ulcer on the other eye but for sure has some sight in it and he is now a very happy little boy. He's gotten rid of fleas and worms and now has a shiny little fur coat
He loves playing with sis and she loves testing her strength with him. She is somewhat smaller but nonetheless feisty!!
Biscuit blissed out after food and play - no longer needing to retreat behind a rock by the side of the road for his sleep (where I would always find him on his own).