Hello dear furriends! Welcome to Katdid Konversations!
I am your host, Kitty Mojito!
I have an extra special guest here with me today all the way from South Africa.
Please give a warm welcome to Bizzy, one of the bravest kitties I know!
KM: Thanks so much for joining me today Bizzy! I am so excited to get this opportunity to chat with you! So let’s talk about how you found your human. Tell us the story.
B: My Mauwie’s tabby cat, Buddy crossed the rainbow bridge at the golden age of 23. She said she waited a while and when it was time to get another cat, she decided she wanted a “real” Siamese. She approached a few Siamese Registered Cat Breeders on the internet and she contacted my Siamese cat breeder. The breeder sent Mauwie pictures – I was 1 of 2 kittens in a litter. From pictures, the Purrents decided on me. When I was old enough to leave the Cattery (around 12 weeks old), I was put on a plane for a 3 hour flight to my new home in Cape Town, South Africa.
KM: Wow, you were so brave to travel so far all by yourself! Describe a day in your life.
B: Breakfast, morning nap, morning play, afternoon nap, afternoon play, afternoon neighbourhood leash walk, supper, evening nap, tv time nap, bedtime treat, night night sleep.
KM: What a busy schedule you have! What is your most favourite kind of food?
B: Meat! And more meat … chicken.
KM: If you had to choose one toy to play with, what would that be?
B: My catnip mouse. I bathe them all the time.
KM: Ah yes, the nip mousies. They are some of my favourites too! How would you describe your sense of style?
B: With a pedigree of champions and show supreme champions, I am posh.
KM: Indeed you are! Now Bizzy, you are a special kitty who has been affected by Progressive Retinal Atrophy also know as PRA. Tell us a bit about PRA and how it has affected your life?
B: I went blind at the age of two. At first, I would walk into furniture or run into walls but now my other senses are very sharp. If you didn’t know that I was blind, you would think I am sighted.
(FYI: Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a degenerative disorder of the retina. In case you’re a little rusty with your eye anatomy, the retina is the light-gathering tissue inside the eye that acts like the film in a camera. PRA leads to degeneration of the retinal photo receptors (the cells in the retina reactive to light). In cats, PRA can be either inherited or acquired)
KM: Wow! That must have been quite an adjustment for you! What would you like to say to the humans who have kitties with PRA?
B: Once a home is made safe for a PRA blind cat (i.e no unsupervised roaming outside and if the property is not enclosed etc) there is very little that is needed to keep a blind cat happy.
KM: That’s great. With a little planning, I think that more people will be prepared to open their homes to a cat with some special needs. What are your thoughts on dogs and other animals?
B: I have two dog brothers. They are my best friends. I call them my guide dogs. And birds, if I catch one (and I do – even without sight) I … will .. (sorry birdies!) … I eat them.
KM: You….. EAT…. the birdies ?? (falls off the chair!) …. Oh I’m so sorry, I don’t know what gotten into me there…. (clears throat!) … If you could make one wish, what would it be?
B: To have on demand laps 24/7. I love lap time.
KM: Do you have any special skills?
B: Yes, I enjoy walking on the washing line. I started the balancing act when I was still a sighted cat. Mauwie has to help me down.
KM: That is amazing! It takes a lot of skill to walk on a line! You are indeed very talented! What do you value most in life?
B: Sunny days.
KM: I love sunny days too!! It’s my favourite kind of day! Considering the political climate today, wow do you feel about more cats getting into politics and making the world kinder?
B: No comments – I am not into politics.
KM: Ok fair enough. Instagram is a great place to make friends. What do you like/ don’t like about social media?
B: Mauwie is my social media secretary and she says there are not enough hours in the day to be 100% involved with my account. It is a pity because I know if she was better at time management, she could be more involved. Humons!
KM: Tell me about it! I tell my Mama to keep up with IG, especially now that she is not working. I mean, why bother looking for work when she can spend all her time with me right? Do you have a special someone in your life?
B: My special someone is my family – My purrents. My Pauwie is very calm and he speaks to me in a gentle voice but when he says “off the table” I listen because he has that tone in his voice. Mauwie is a pushover. When I yell, she comes running! She picks me up, gives me treats and belly rubs. She changes my litter tray, feeds me and walks me. She is my slave.
KM: If you were to go on a date, what would a perfect day/night look like?
B: Date! Me! Pass … I am a bachelor boy …
KM: Oh Bizzy! Any girl would be lucky to date you! What would you like to accomplish in the near future?
B: A million people to be PRA aware.
KM: What message would you like to share with those kitties living with any health issues?
B: If finances allow it, get pet medical insurance to help with big medical expenses.
KM: Yes definitely. Pet insurance is so important! Do you have anything else you would like to say?
B: Thank you very much Kitty Mojito and Crazy Cat Lady Corner for this interview. It’s interviews like this that helps me spread PRA awareness with more cat (pet) owners.
PRA cats are born with sight but they go blind before the age of 5. Keep watch when you get a kitten and if you see your kitten bumping into the wall or anxious to climb down from places not that high, take your kitten to the vet for a check up. A blind cat can be happy with just a little extra care. During his first few months, help him adjust to his blindness. When I was diagnosed, Mauwie said some folk asked her if she was going “to put me down” – to be kind to me. Thank catness ! Mauwie said “No way! My Bizzy will see with no sight because he is a fantastic cat”
There is a feature about me in the Purrington Post blog – under their Inspiring Stories called-: A brave kitty called Bizzy.
KM: Bizzy, you certainly are a fantastic cat! Thank you so much for taking time to chat with me. I am very happy to be able to provide you this platform so that you can spread your message about PRA. I hope everyone who reading this will take time to learn more about PRA and how to help kitties living with it.
If you would like to follow Bizzy’s adventures on Instagram, please check out @bizzibabs_pra_siamese