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Maggie, The Siamese Cat

Updated on August 29, 2015

Maggie Our Lilac Point Siamese

This is Maggie's story. It all started back in June 18, 1997 when she entered the world at the Luin Cattery. Siamese are born white and she was no exception. We first met her when she was about 7 weeks old. She was all over us and we were delighted that she was a lilac point. Too early for the breeder to give her up, we put in our request to get her later. Was too early to tell exactly what the breeder wanted to do with her. The kittens need to be about four months old before a breeder decides if they are show quality, breeder potential or just a pet. We were hoping the decision would be pet quality so we could have her soon. Yeah, she was pet quality and the first part of December 1997 we made arrangements to meet at a local cat show and pick her up. She was now part of the family, but not to the delight of the 2 other resident cats!

UPDATE: Maggie had her 16th birthday in June and is still doing great. We had a problem with her a few months ago and switched to rubbing apple cider vinegar on the back of her neck and either on paws or legs and sometimes under the chin. This seems to have improved her health. It looks as if she will enjoy another Christmas with us.

**All photos and artwork on this lens are mine.**

Maggie Loved to Play

Maggie is on the left and Minnie the blue point Siamese also from the same cattery. Here they are waiting while I get down the fishing line toy that they love to chase around. An interactive toy for cats. Word of caution, don't leave this down as you might just have a cat that will chew off the string and eat part of it. (From experience - Minnie did just that.) If is hard to photograph the eyes of these cats they either turn out red or yellow with a glow. But their eyes are very blue. Although at times you can catch the angle just right and you can capture the true blue color. Maggie used to be able to do complete 360` flips in the air. She was super fast and very athletic even though she was always an indoor cat.

Maggie Growing Up

She loved to play and didn't really like the fuzzy toys that Minnie liked. If she had been human, I think you would have classified her as a "tom boy". She much preferred balls, the cat toy metallic balls were a hit, but I found they fell apart too easily. Went to the fabric store and picked up 2 packages of metallic pom-poms. There was 24 in a package. They held together beautifully and are a whole lot cheaper! I have 2 left in the bag, that means somewhere in the house there are 46 lurking under the sofa, tables, dressers and any other place they could be stashed. Periodically I run something under places to try and retrieve them and out pops toy mice and any other toy they managed to stuff underneath.

She and Minnie although they slept together and groomed each other, they couldn't see eye to eye at times. Many a time you would hear this hollering and see a brawl in the living room. When all was over there would be tufts of fur fluttering on the floor.

The Comical Side of Maggie

Here she is totally relaxed in a most ungraceful nap!

In her younger days I had her trained to jump. She would be on the floor and I would tap on my chest and say "jump". She would have enough trust and land in my arms. She would also jump to me if she was on the table and I was 2 feet away. My husband didn't like her to do that to him, so for the most part she only did it with me. Except the one time my husband and brother were standing in the kitchen talking. Apparently she made one flying leap and landed in my brother's arms, he was not expecting that but at least he caught her. She never tried that again with him. It could be a bit of a shock to have a cat flying through the air and latch on to your chest.

The Naughty Side of Maggie

Maggie had a bad side that did get a little frustrating.

We would be at work or out shopping and come home to paper towels with holes munched out of one side. Many a time there would be paper towels that were not only perforated but towel after towel had been unwound from the roll and now covering the kitchen floor. We had an under the cupboard towel holder. This got so out of hand, she was now doing it if we were in another room. Out of desperation we started putting the towels on top of the refrigerator, it was an inconvenience to say the least. But she was beginning to shred the towels, so it was a mess, we just could no longer endure the destruction.

Of course that wasn't the only thing she did wrong. Better not leave any photographs out as she would lick them or punch holes in them with her teeth. Many a photo she ruined and it being in the envelope wasn't any security for the photo to survive around her. All photos had to be locked up to assure she didn't destroy them.

She also liked to lick mail. All the fliers and unfortunately also important mail. We would lay the mail on the coffee table and if I didn't get a chance to sort it right away, she would get to it first. I would come into the living room and there scattered all across the floor would be the mail. Many pieces wet with punctures and many fliers shredded into pieces. She still likes to lick fliers if she has a chance, but she is not as destructive as in her younger years.

Maggie Has a Problem

In May of 2011, the month before her 14th birthday we were alarmed one morning with her behavior. It was so bizarre we were wondering if she had a stroke and was not in her right mind.

She would walk into the coffee table and then bounce off of that and slam into another table and then into the sofa. She was going into a panic. Every time she tried to compensate for one wrong move she made another. Puzzled by this we picked her up to calm her down.

Setting her down again I stood in front of her and she walked right into me. I moved, she walked into me again. We watched as she went across the floor navigating the coffee table and then walking into another piece of furniture. We picked her up and moved a hand in front of her face. She did not follow our hand. She had lost her vision, which accounted for her unusual behavior.

Maggie liked to play ball as described above and I would throw the little balls for her and she was really good about bringing them back. Six months earlier she would bring balls to me and I would throw them and she would just stand there waiting. So I assume her vision had been poor way back then. Actually I don't think she ever had excellent vision, because the other cats would look outside and see cats and birds in the backyard. She never seemed interested until a neighbor cat was right up by the door. I guess she never could see them if they were out away from the house.

Also, before the May morning, I had thought it odd as for about the 4 months prior she would walk around and around the coffee table. I thought it was for exercise, but I suppose she was trying to remember where things were at. So final diagnosis is retinal degeneration, with no cure to eventual blindness. Possibly can detect light and dark. At times you can look into her eyes in certain light and see these deep jagged holes where the black used to reside.

As time went along we could tell that more and more of her vision was going. She would get up one morning and crash into things for awhile until she adjusted to her new loss. It is now October 2012 and I am sure she has no vision other than maybe dark and light. She has adjusted very well, but has gotten a lot more clinging and my husband holds her to comfort her.

On the other side of all this she has become like people that can't hear very well. You know the ones that YELL, because they can't hear, even though we can hear them just fine. So Maggie now uses a very loud voice to get her desires known and she actually verbalizes a lot more than she ever used to.

So, you think poor cat, what could possibly else happen. About the end of August 2011 she ended up with kidney stones and I don't know what else was going on but we had a couple of really bad spells with her. In a quick measure since she was in pain, I gave her d-mannose and within 20 minutes she was fine. We were up and down with her over trying to figure out what dosage and how often to keep her feeling good. On December 16, 2011 she had lost weight and was having a really bad day. We were in doubt she would even make it to Christmas. We gave her 3 doses that day and decided no matter what we would continue to give 2 doses a day, no matter how she was doing and more if she was having a bad day. It is now October 2012 and she has not had any return of symptoms. She has put on weight and her coat looks great. I read that some Vets use d-mannose as first course of treatment for horses before using antibiotics.

* As with all treatment of animals check with your veterinarian first.

Maggie, lilac point Siamese
Maggie, lilac point Siamese

Blindness in Your Pet

The one great thing about pets, they just don't feel sorry for themselves. They adjust and adapt to whatever is happening to them. Not having the capacity as humans do to understand the limitations and what they might just be missing out on gives them an advantage. When you look at a cat's life, they spend most of their time laying down or sleeping. They have fun if they can see, but they have no hobbies so their loss is not as devastating as it is to humans.

We as humans need to compensate for our pet's vision loss by just being more aware. First thing, do not move your furniture around it will totally confuse them. Since I am not one that likes to move locations of my furniture it was an easy rule to follow. But what made me think was that a floor Christmas tree would not be possible. It would be at eye level and she would be poked in the eye. We have a fan in the living room so we thought about long term and decided to leave the fan in place year round. Which lead to my next brilliant idea...decorate the fan!

We have had a little fun with Maggie. She goes and gets my husband to hold her, soon he gets tired of this and can't get any work done so he puts her down. One day after being put down she went to seek me out in the other room. Well, I wasn't there. I was sitting on the sofa and could see her in the hallway looking back and forth at both rooms. Finally she went into where I should have been sitting and went up to the chair and reached up to try and find me. After she figured I was not there and left the room, I did let her know where I was.

Since she can't see there is no more territorial rights and she doesn't fight Molly about getting on my husband's lap anymore. She also has learned to tolerate the vacuum cleaner and not take off. I guess she has figured out it isn't worth the trouble to escape, if she just gets up on to the sofa it doesn't go after her.

2011 Christmas Card Front - Annual Christmas Card

Every year I make a Christmas card for family and close friends. This was last year's project.

2011 Christmas Card Inside

Maggie on the left

Maggie on the left
Maggie on the left

Maggie Live on Video - Her 38 seconds of reluctant fame!

Maggie is not cooperating very well as she wants to turn around and snuggle up around my neck.

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Update on Maggie

Maggie died on January 24, 2015. She was 17 years old. She lived in a sight impaired life for almost 4 years. Very much loved and we were all sorry to see her gone. She was a super cat and as of this time our second oldest cat. The other was 18 years old when she died on Christmas Day.

I am inclined to measure our lives by the passing of each pet. The joy they brought into our lives and the degree of sadness of when and how they died. Old age is a lot easier on the heart.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @Judy Filarecki: Maggie just celebrated her 16th birthday on June 18th. She was sick the other day but we gave her an extra dose she popped back into shape. Been blind for over 2 years now. She has days that she seems to get confused, then other times she trots around the house with no collisions. I suppose it helps when you have no goals, hobbies, or feelings of loss, like us humans do. When you spend most of the 24 hours sleeping, napping or just generally resting one can cope quite well with the vision loss. Do feel sorry for her though.

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      Judy Filarecki 4 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      My last car lives 18 years and went blind suddenly one summer. She lives for another year, but it was always hard to watch her struggle to find her way around.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @TommysPal: Maggie will be 16 on the 18th of June. She is doing great. She has had to adjust to blindness and some days it seems to be more difficult for her. But she has learned how to navigate around the furniture without bumping her nose too hard if she gets off course. She has become very loud at times, probably to compensate for lack of sight. Sort of like someone that is partly deaf, we can still hear you, not necessary to yell. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.

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      TommysPal 4 years ago

      I hope Maggie is still doing well. I have a cat that was born blind. He doesn't know he's blind and I'm not going to tell him. He doesn't have any trouble getting around at all. Cat's are amazing. Thanks for sharing Maggie's story.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @fifinn: Thank you! Love cats, especially Siamese. Maggie will be 16 years in June and she has put on some weight and is doing great. We really did not think we would still have her by now.

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      fifinn 4 years ago

      nice cat. I like cat so much.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @Ted Bergman: Glad you liked Maggie's story. She is still with us and doing good. She will be 16 in June. I shall check your site out.

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      Ted Bergman 4 years ago

      Hi, Mary!

      I loved this story, have had several Siamese, one a constant meower we named, Sinatra. Now we have a red Abby.

      I also noticed that you left a comment on the âCats Are Smarter Than Dogs.â lens...Me too.

      I thought you might enjoy an article from my website where dogs list the top ten reasons they think they are better than cats, which in turn is hacked by the cats. Here it is: http://www.dogsandcatsgohollywood.com/articles_det...

      By the way, as my sincere thanks to everyone I contact, I am offering any pictures, cartoons or articles on my website or lenses for dog and cat lovers to borrow.

      All this being said, let me know if you find this message intrusive and I thus apologize up front and will never do it again. - Sincerely, susieface (Ted Bergman)

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @happynutritionist: Well thank you. Maggie still going strong and I think she thinks we can't hear her as she can be very loud at times. Wow, your sister has a lot of cats. When I had kittens before they were sold I had a house full of cats. But kittens don't take up as much room as full grown cats. Two is all I will have for now but later on we might get a couple of kittens. Maggie would not appreciate them, even though the other cat would love to have them. She likes cats, but not to fond of people.

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      Maggie is so beautiful. And it's great to hear the things you've done to help her live with her blindness. Decorating the fan is a stroke of genius! :)

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      This is a precious story...I pinned it to my animal and pets Pinterest board:-) We have lots of cats in the family...daughter has 2, sister has 10, mother has 3...I just have my little dog who won't allow cats, but once had a mix that I'm sure had Siamese in it as it like to talk so much.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @NibsyNell: Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment. Maggie had a bad day the other week, but she is back to her old self again. She will be 17 in June, hopefully she will make it and may even have more time with us.

      The fan looked pretty cool, of course Molly was gently trying to pull things off of it.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @KarenHC: She has been a great cat and although now blind and demanding she is very sweet.

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      Karen 4 years ago from U.S.

      What a great lens about your cat! Maggie sounds like she's been a wonderful addition to your house for the last 17 years.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @WindyWintersHubs: Maggie is doing great, although she has had a few bad days. We thought we might lose her, she will be 17 in June. I am surprised that as rapidly as she lost weight and how she was doing, that we have always been able to turn the situation around with just an extra dose of d-mannose for a few days above the twice daily.

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      WindyWintersHubs 4 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Aw. She sounds like she is coping well with her loss of vision. Thanks for sharing Maggie.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @Homeschoolfamil1: She has had a few bad days, but is still going strong. A little bossy at times but I guess that is because she can't see and has to let us know what she really wants!

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      Homeschoolfamil1 4 years ago

      What a beautiful cat. I hope she is doing well.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @Scotties-Rock: Thank you for your comment. Maggie had a few bad days just recently but she has bounced back once again.

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      Clairissa 4 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      They are beautiful! Your story was very heartwarming. Maggie is a lucky cat to have such a great family.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @anonymous: They are definitely like our children...and some much better behaved than our 2 legged kids! I have lost many cats and some were not at all easy to loose. Maggie is doing fine and looks a whole lot better than she did a year ago. Thanks for dropping by and sharing.

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      What a story. I'm very impressed by how you have managed this. And I wish you the best.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We had two cats just like maggie, one was run over and the other lived for 16 years and then had an annarisum

      it was so sad after so long he was one of our kids. Like our dog that we have now

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @SteveKaye: It was pretty heart wrenching. Yet here we are, another year with Maggie. We really thought she would not make it through to Christmas last year. Her coat is shiny and wonderful now. Her health has improved, but unfortunately her blindness is not reversible, but she gets around very well most days.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Those Siamese are so unique. I would hate to be without them.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I had a Siamese cat growing up. A real sweet cat. Maggie is a sweet cat too.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @cgbroome: I cannot imagine life without cats. I like the calmness cats bring to the house. Sure I have had some frustrating times with cats but for the most part they bring serenity. When I go to homes that have dogs at the end of the visit I am more anxious and exhausted. Not so where no dogs exist. Hate being away from my cats for extended times. Got to keep doing something while I am away from them or I miss them so badly. I guess they become so much apart of your family.

      I will stop and talk to cats if I see any when I am out. I met this lady that feeds pigeons in front of her store, she spends a lot of money on them. She tells me they are her babies. Her reason, she says birds are God's messengers. Maybe all the creatures are here to bring us joy.

      Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment.

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      cgbroome 4 years ago

      What a wonderful lens! I too love cats and Maggie sounds as if she is a very special kitty! We rescued a cat just about 2 years ago now. He has some health issue - a few others as well - but he is one of the most loveable cats I have ever owned. He too, when I tap my shoulder, leaps up into the air and wraps his paws around my neck. He always knows I'll catch him! I wrote a lens on my rescued cat, Smokey, a/k/a Hey Baby if you'd like to check him out!

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @Missy Zane: Thank you for checking out Maggie's story. She has days that are tough on her, and she gets annoyed at Molly when she bugs her. But for the most part they both get along great. If we put Maggie in another room because she wants to eat our dinner, Molly stands outside the door and cries frantically until we let Maggie out. Sorry about having 2 blind cats, that must be quite a challenge.

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      Missy Zane 4 years ago

      I have two blind cats. One was born blind and the other lost his vision over time. As far as they know, they're exactly like all the other cats. It must be hard for a cat to lose her vision suddenly though. Hugs to Maggie and her friend Minnie.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @IndigoJanson: Thank you for your kind words. Maggie seems to be doing just fine and gets along great with Molly. She seems to get along just fine although I am sure at times she gets a little frustrated when she is confused at where she is at.

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      IndigoJanson 4 years ago

      Sorry to hear your lovely Maggie has lost her sight. I recently wrote about blind cats on my blog. It's so sad, but when they have loving homes like Maggie does they seem to cope well. Great job on this tribute to her and Minnie too of course!

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment.

      Siamese are pretty cool cats. But right at this moment Maggie is making a bunch of noise. I think her clock is all messed up from the time change, she thinks we should be taking a break about an hour earlier than usual. Silly cat!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I had a Siamese once upon a time, it was a very nice cat.

      Really enjoyed your article and photos. :)

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @HarrietC LM: Thank you for dropping by and checking out my lens. One thing about animals they don't have the capacity to know their loss and what they are missing. They are also not self-conscious about their handicap and since Maggie has a couple of people to take care of her she really doesn't have a thing to worry about, except maybe playing bumper cars with the doorways and the furniture. She has learned how not to walk head-on to those things that don't budge! Thanks for your comment.

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      HarrietC LM 4 years ago

      Hi, just want to let you know this is a beautiful lens. You have wonderful cats. I felt sorry about Maggie's vision going, but then realized that you're right, animals adjust better than humans when confronted with physical limitations...so I think rather than feeling sorry, let's just love them even more and be awed by how they deal with life.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Thank you for dropping by and your kind comment.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Cute. I am loving it. I twitted this lens.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @Cari Kay 11: Thank you for your comment and sorry about your lab. It is probably tougher on dogs, as they usually go outside. Where as cats sleep most of the day and are quite content to be confined to a smaller area. Maggie has been blind for over a year and has not been sick since 12-16-11. Some days she does get confused, but has adjusted very well and as long as she stays healthy it is much easier for her and us. But I guess we will be decorating the fan again this year!

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @loveanime22: Thank you for the comment. She is pretty awesome.

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      loveanime22 4 years ago

      cute cat great lens

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      Kay 4 years ago

      That nap picture with Maggy is great. So sad about the blindness. Our lab went blind and could only see moving shadows. Wasn't easy. Wonderful page and I so enjoyed reading it. What a beauty!

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @Sylvestermouse: Thank you so very much.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Happy Halloween blessings to you!

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @writerkath: Thank you for dropping by and checking out Maggie's story. She is a very happy cat.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @travelerme: Thank you for dropping by. I am not a dog lover, but I did go check out your lens and was very entertained by Fritz's story. Very well done.

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      Hi Mary! Maggie is BEAUTIFUL! Thank you so much for showcasing your lovely little girl. I'm so sorry that she has had health issues, but it's obvious that she owns some pretty amazing people! :) I love cats too. :)

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      travelerme 4 years ago

      Do you like dogs?

      I have a lens about Fritzthepom

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @tonybonura: Thank you for your comment. Maggie has done quite well without vision, but she does get a little turned around at times. She has learned how to "bumper car" herself around very cautiously to get back on track. Pets seem to adjust very well, I don't think I would accept blindness very well, in fact I know I wouldn't. We just have the intelligence to know how much we loose without vision.

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I am so sorry to hear about Maggie's loss of vision. I had a dog that lost almost all of his eyesight due to cataracts. That was when I was teenager and they didn't perform operations on pets like they do today. He managed pretty well on a leash, but we kept him inside most of the time so he wouldn't wander out into the highway. He lived for another three years like that, and finally passed away one morning while lying out in the sunshine on a beautiful November day.

      TonyB

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @AnimalHouse: Thank you for your kind words. Maggie is a pretty cool cat. She looks so healthy now. A year ago her coat was patchy and her health was up and down. But it looks like she could be around for a few more years.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @soaringsis: Thank you for dropping by. Sorry about your pup. It is amazing how well our four-legged family members adapt to blindness. It is so much harder on humans when they loose their sight because we are aware of our loss without vision.

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      AnimalHouse 4 years ago

      Aw... She's so adorable! Thanks for sharing this inspiring lens!

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      soaringsis 4 years ago

      Yes, my pup has gone blind, but he has learned his way around some parts of the house. Great lens thanks for sharing.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @JennyReis: Hi and thank you for checking out Maggie's story. She has definitely got a pretty good life and her approval is by all the purring she does. She is doing so great comparison to this time last year, hopefully she will be around for a few more years.

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      JennyReis 4 years ago

      I can just see what a lovely life Maggie has with you. Touching story. I have 3 babies... :) Warm greetings!

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @halloweenprops: Thank you for dropping by and checking out Maggie. She is quite a character even though she can't see now.

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      halloweenprops 4 years ago

      Siamese cats are so cute. Great photos of Maggie! :)

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @TriciaLymeMom: Thank you for taking the time to come by and read about Maggie. She is pretty super and seems to be doing just fine and her coat is looking better everyday. Hopefully we will have many more Christmases that we have to decorate our fan!

      Have a wonderful day.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @LynetteBell: Thank you for dropping by and taking the time to check out Maggie.

      Have a great day.

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Thanks for sharing

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      TriciaLymeMom 4 years ago

      Maggie seems like a really neat cat. I love the Old Ones...blindness, yelling and all. They have such amazing personalities. :)

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @Faye Rutledge: I apologize I am new to this and somehow deleted your below comment instead of having it approved. But it is still around and was able to at least copy it and here it is below in brackets, and thank you again.

      ( Thanks so much for your visit and comment to my Christmas Ornaments Crafts lens. My son's cat loves to sit under their Christmas tree. It's so sweet of you to fore go your tree for the sake of your cat. )

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @Faye Rutledge: Thank you for both your comments. Actually the fan was white not green, but it was pretty awesome for a Christmas tree. At least I could be pretty sure no one else had one like it. Maggie is doing great and has not had any problem since 12/16/2011, so hopefully we will continue to have her around for a few more Christmases.

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      Maggie is such a pretty kitty! Thanks for sharing her story. :)

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @Dressage Husband: Thanks for dropping by Stephen. Pets adapt very well. Sorry to hear that your Father in Law is blind. I guess we all have to adapt to whatever is thrown our way. But I am afraid I would not handle being blind very well. My daughter lost the vision in one of her eyes and she took awhile to adjust to depth perception. We all seem to rely on our senses and vision is a huge one.

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      A blind pet no, but a blind Father in Law. It is amazing how well they can adapt to their environment though, most people did not realise he was blind in his normal environment!

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @naturegirl7s: Hi again. I thought your story of Rio was very touching. There are those pets in our lives that just stand out better than others. Although Maggie's story has her ups and downs, she has lived a long life and she is a really nice cat. My biggest heartache was loosing my first lilac point at 4 1/2 years old right after major surgery, because her blood wouldn't clot. She had blood transfusions but we still lost her.

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      Yvonne L. B. 4 years ago from Covington, LA

      For about 2 months before my dear dog, Rio, died, I think he was nearly blind. Gosh I miss him. Everyone who knew him, loved him.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      @PaigSr: It is amazing how well animals easily adapt to what we would find difficult to handle if it was us. Thanks for dropping by and sharing.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      Totally blind no. Blind in one eye yes. There's is a dog that is always on a leash out side of the home.