Quirky’s legacy is to educate people about adopting blind kittens & cats, because they are so loving and trusting. You can help, by sharing his story!
Quirky the Blind Kitten was adopted when he was only 5 weeks old and blind, by Frank and Vicky Giannangelo on San Juan Island, WA, on Aug. 2013.
Quirky lived a pretty normal life… He played, ate, and used the litter box just like other kitties. Except that he was way more loving and trusting. He was found in the woods with his sisters near the San Juan Island dump and brought to the local shelter. He was almost put to sleep because he was blind, either from birth or some trauma, and had head shakes. He had outgrown most of the head shaking, but when he was intent on something, we noticed a little quivering. Even though we were advised by a vet not to adopt him, we were already in love, and adopted him anyway. That was the best decision we ever made. He was a pure, loving and trusting little bundle of joy.
He was a very playful happy kitty and really navigated well, he ran his ears along a wall until he knew where the doors and walls were. Sometimes he ran into a wall at full speed when he was playing with another kitty, or running around too fast. He quickly learned to be more careful. He used the litter box right away, but did not know he was supposed to lick his furs or his hind end so we gave him little wipes now and then. Sometimes he missed the box, but always tried to get in it. Charlie Truble took over and gave him baths and was best friend.
He had 6 other kitty fur mates: TeeNee – a foster failure 4 months old, Charlie Truble 2 years old, TrotTrot 5 years old, and Market, Fluff Fluff, and McPuppy – who were 14-15 years old. He also had 2 dogie mates that were about 15. TeeNee also became his best friend and Quirky helped to take care of him as a baby kitten, as did Charlie Truble.
Quirky wanted to bring awareness that blind kittens are great to adopt, they quickly adapt to their world, and that no one should hesitate to adopt one if they fall in love. He also wanted to promote TNR and spaying and neutering to prevent unwanted kittens because so many never find homes!
Quirky suddenly passed away on May 23, 2015 on the morning of his 22nd month old birthday. For some unknown reason, he became increasingly afraid of his world. He started cowering and yowling at nothing. Usually we could just pick him up and hold him and he would calm down. On the last morning he woke up at 2 am, terrified and could not be calmed. We put him in his bed, and in the morning he was gone.
He wanted this to be his legacy: That you should not be afraid to adopt blind, special needs kitties. They make amazing pets. Quirky was the most loving kitty, full of trust, smart, and we loved him so much in return.
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You can watch him grow up: all his videos are here from 5 weeks old: