Blind cat’s fe­line help­ing hand at SPCA

Kapi-Mana News - - OUT & ABOUT - RACHEL THOMAS

A cat blinded by a crip­pling eye in­fec­tion has found new sight in a close fe­line friend.

Born in Jan­uary, Mur­dock came to Welling­ton SPCA with a ter­ri­ble eye in­fec­tion, which meant his eyes had to be re­moved through a spe­cial surgery at the Fever Hos­pi­tal site.

But a new fe­line best friend is on the look­out for him, guid­ing him around with her scent and lick­ing clean those hard-to-reach places.

Mur­dock and Ma­bel were from two dif­fer­ent lit­ters of young, vul­ner­a­ble kit­tens found out on their own.

Welling­ton SPCA in­spec­tors were able to catch the kit­tens and take them to the New­town cen­tre for treat­ment and fur­ther care.

They were fos­tered to­gether by head vet nurse Heidi Olsen, and that’s where their in­sep­a­ra­ble bond be­gan.

‘‘It was amaz­ing to see Mur­dock’s progress from when he first came in with such badly in­fected eyes, to how happy and healthy he is now,’’ Olsen said.

When new owner Shar Davis first brought them home, she fast re­alised Ma­bel was lit­er­ally serving as Mur­dock’s eyes.

‘‘Mur­dock had to learn how to climb the stairs, and I re­alised he was fol­low­ing her scent,’’she said.

‘‘If he gets him­self stuck, he’ll just meow and she will come and free him.’’

Ma­bel also showed her blind pal im­por­tant things like where the food and the lit­ter box lived, and he’s now pretty good at get­ting around on his own, Davis said.

Davis has set up an In­sta­gram page for the kit­tens, so they can break hearts on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

CUP­CAKE DAY

The SPCA’s an­nual Cup­cake Day has come around again

It serves as the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s largest fundraiser. Last year brought in $390,000 na­tion­wide.

Money raised goes to­wards car­ing for the 60,000 an­i­mals that the SPCA sees each year.

The money raised in Welling­ton, by Welling­to­ni­ans, goes to the Welling­ton SPCA. Last year they got more than $50,000.

The Welling­ton cen­tre will host a cup­cake sale out­side Farm­ers, in Lambton Quay, from 7am on Au­gust 15.

There are also sales or­gan­ised in all ma­jor cities and towns in the Welling­ton re­gion and many schools and busi­nesses get in­volved.

Reg­is­ter for Cup­cake Day at sp­cacup­cake­day.co.nz.

Mur­dock the blind kit­ten.

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