Blind Cat Sends ‘I Can Do Anything’ Message To Online Followers

Via Facebook and Instagram, the Chicago-based cat shows being blind won’t keep her down.

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The eyes behind Rey’s glasses are gone, but that doesn’t stop her from doing anything she sets her mind to. Via
The eyes behind Rey’s glasses are gone, but that doesn’t stop her from doing anything she sets her mind to. Via ReyTheKitten/Instagram

Rey and her sister, Leia, are pretty much your typical kitten siblings.

They play together, roughhouse when you least want them to, sleep whenever and wherever it pleases them and make for adorable social media photos.

What’s different about the adorable kitties is one of them was born blind — but unless you looked closely, you’d never know.

Rey, a Chicago native, was adopted with Leia last November by Alex (who asked we use his first name only). He found the duo at an agency in the city’s suburbs, and the fact that Rey’s medical records said she’d had an operation to close her eye sockets to prevent the possibility of future infections, Alex didn’t think twice about taking the visually-challenged feline into his home.

“I love cats and was planning on moving into my own place soon after … I thought having some companions would be helpful for me,” Alex told Petcha.com. “I was also very curious about how a blind cat would navigate and interact with the world. I love psychology and helping animals have great lives so I’d say those played big roles in my decision.”
 

And it seems Rey, who will turn 1 year old later this month, has gone above-and-beyond when she proves she can do anything her sister can. She climbs, plays with “moving light,” gets into kitty mayhem and poses for the camera with the opportunity arises.

“She does have limits, but the way she navigates definitely surprises most people who watch her,” Alex said. “She does seem pretty fearless though! She will wrestle with my roommate’s cat who is much larger than her.”
 

Super Rey seems to love the attention, isn’t afraid of vacuums or blow dryers and holds her own against a third, much larger cat, that lives in the home. And her dad says she’s like your typical kitty who is ready to eat in the morning — she loves to wake up Alex in the morning, climbing on him and pulling his hair.

“When she discovers something new she has to memorize where it is, how tall it is … she must have a complete map of my apartment in her head along with dimensions of most of the furniture we have here,” Alex told Petcha. “She jumps up and down from most objects in the house!”

She even plays fetch!

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Rey’s Facebook and Instagram pages are more than “I’m a cute cat. Follow me.” profiles. They send a message of hope and motivation that there is nothing you can’t do if you mind to it, Alex confirmed. It also has brought his pet-friendly abode much happiness.
 

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“Rey has brought me and my two human roommates inspiration and joy that makes our apartment feel full of life,” Alex said. “The way she acts as if there is nothing wrong and she just goes about her days like any other cat.

“She has also helped me learn more about how her little mind works,” he added. “It’s amazing to watch her.”

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  • THAT IS AMAZING, IT JUST SHOWS HOW INTELIGENT & ADAPTABLE CATS ARE.

    Carole Jackson June 15, 2016 1:59 am Reply
  • Absolutely adorable ???? Thank you for sharing her story

    Diana June 15, 2016 3:58 am Reply
  • Amazing, most animals alot smarter then humans..

    Julya Ferlsan June 15, 2016 4:23 am Reply
  • If her eye [sockets] were operated on to prevent future infections but she responds to light toys could that mean that perhaps her eyelids could be opened so she could see?
    Apologies, I am trying to understand as it isn’t clarified. Does she have eyes? Did she have such bad eye infections that they had to remove her eyes? Or was she born without them & they were worried she would [continue] to get eye infections? Is her brain detecting the light?
    She is adorable & I am very happy you are giving her a wonderful life & she brings you joy.
    I am interested in science & the brain so I am truly just trying to understand.
    Thank you kindly.

    Carole M June 15, 2016 4:42 am Reply
    • Carole, I wondered the same thing. It would be interesting to know how she is able to follow light.

      Jane Long June 15, 2016 5:23 am Reply
      • Thank you. I’m very happy to know I’m not the only one wondering.
        I hope we are able to get an answer.

        Carole M June 15, 2016 6:11 am Reply
    • I am also wondering how Rey can follow light. I would love to see answers to your questions, Carole M.

      Lorraine June 15, 2016 7:24 am Reply
      • Obviously I don’t know how a cat’s brain functions, but we have a friend, also born blind, with no eyes behind his closed lids, who can sense bright light, and will move his chair into the shade or ask to have a light turned off if it is shining in his face. Perhaps there is some function in the optic nerve? We are, as the Palmist says, wondrously knit together.

        Lady Anne June 15, 2016 1:05 pm Reply
        • I am wondering too. It would be worth having a veterinary ophthalmologist check her out.

          Debbie June 15, 2016 1:58 pm Reply
  • Rey really is “Super Kitty”!!!!! Alex, you are one terrific man!!

    Bonnie Wilson June 15, 2016 5:11 am Reply
  • WOW,such a Awesome kitty !! Thank you for Adopting these Cute sisters,and giving them the Love and Care they deserve !! Yes,isn’t it Amazing how a Blind kitten acts totally Normal ??? All of her other sences kick in to over-drive,and her hearing becomes triple that of a sighted kitty,or human for that matter!!! My 6 year old Grandson,was born Blind also,but his hearing is out of this world,it’s hard to sneak up on him !!! 🙂 He plays catch,lives that,just now teaching him how to ride a bike, without peddles !! AMAZING! !

    Trina Hawkins June 15, 2016 6:00 am Reply
  • Alex is awesome for adopting his two kitties. Rey is precious!

    J. C. June 15, 2016 6:06 am Reply
  • She is gorgeous… and obviously very, very smart! What a sweetheart!!!

    J. David Scott June 15, 2016 6:16 am Reply
  • Bless you for giving her a loving home and caring for her, giving her a chance to survive and thrive!

    Sue June 15, 2016 7:19 am Reply
  • Beautiful Story,God bless You for Not only saving her life,But for the Love and Happiness You have given Her..

    Cari June 15, 2016 8:12 am Reply
  • WOW

    Kathleen Anderson June 15, 2016 9:24 am Reply
  • Animals are amazing so this doesn’t surprise me at all!! Thank you for being such a wonderful person in giving these precious little sisters a loving home! God bless you!!!

    Von June 15, 2016 9:41 am Reply
  • That is amazing! Beautiful story. God Bless you for saving her life and for loving her!

    Nola June 15, 2016 9:47 am Reply
  • Happy tears for Rey – and Leia, and you, Alex. Thank you for giving Rey and Leia the life they deserve. I am sure having them together makes it a lot easier for Rey, and they won’t get lonely.
    I LOVE it when two bonded kitties get a home togetther – it’s SO important <3

    KatWrangler June 15, 2016 10:03 am Reply
  • Beautiful kitties, beautiful people…. God bless them!!

    Helga June 15, 2016 11:53 am Reply
  • It is so heart warming to finally see someone that doesn’t throw a “special needs” kitty out in the trash. I have 2 that were born with Cerebella Hypoplasia and they are 2 of the sweetest kitties you could ever ask for.

    Great Job Alex..they will repay you over and over!!

    AzGrannie3 June 15, 2016 12:58 pm Reply
  • I love it that the cat can always find it and knows where to bring it to be thrown again. And the other cat respects his play and doesn’t try to take it away from him. Good pets!!! Great pets!!

    Genevon June 15, 2016 3:18 pm Reply
  • Alex,

    As I see you have found out you rescued Rey and Leia but they have brought much love and happiness to you. God bless you for giving Rey a great life! And thank you for the video, it made me laugh with happiness for Rey.

    Gigi June 15, 2016 6:03 pm Reply
  • You are a very kind decent man Alex, may you be blessed ten fold for your kindness. I was surprised to learn the two orange cats are females! Most orange cats are male and finding an orange female is not always easy! Not as rare as say a male calico but never the less not all too common! You have beautiful kitties and they will return the love you show them every day!

    AJ June 15, 2016 6:36 pm Reply
  • Beautiful!! Interesting to note that they are female. Usually orange tabbies are male. God bless you Alex and your kitties! ~^._.^~

    amethyst52 June 15, 2016 8:34 pm Reply

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