In February 2018, Brittain Bright stumbled upon some enchanting pictures of Felix, a charming feline with a combination of black and white fur. Unfortunately, Felix was going through a tough phase as he contracted feline calicivirus. After seeing his condition, Brittain Bright took to social media to share his story and raise awareness about his medical expenses. Felix was initially a stray cat in Kuwait, but fortunately, RAF.KW rescued him. Brittain Bright became emotionally invested in Felix’s journey and kept checking for updates on his progress.
Regrettably, Felix, who was rescued in the beginning of 2018 when he was about a year old, suffered from ulcers on his paws, mouth, jaw, and eyes as a result of feline calicivrius. This highly contagious infection permanently robbed him of his vision. The image can be found on @raf.kw’s Instagram account.
@raf.kw on Instagram shared a photo of a special needs cat that was adopted from another country. Despite the challenges that come with adopting a pet with special needs, Brittain did not hesitate to offer the cat a forever home. Brittain recalls making the decision just a few days after the vets confirmed that the cat would survive.
Brittain has experience taking care of special needs cats, as she had previously adopted a blind kitten named Orlando who sadly passed away from FIP. Nevertheless, Orlando taught her to love special needs cats and see that they can still live beautifully despite their disabilities. Consequently, when Brittain’s adoption application for Felix was approved, she eagerly anticipated his arrival in England. However, Felix had to recover from feline calicivirus and surgery to remove both eyes before he could travel. Despite the initial scares, Felix pulled through and is now living happily with Brittain.
The photo posted by @raf.kw on Instagram shows the cute and charming Felix, a black and white feline who had to undergo certain vaccinations and waiting periods mandated by the UK government before being allowed to enter the country. Although Felix was well enough to travel to England, RAF.KW had to place him in three different foster homes while complying with the regulations. Brittain, who was in touch with the rescue team, received regular updates from Felix’s foster parents.
In December 2018, Brittain picked up Felix from Heathrow Airport after seeing his face on social media ten months earlier. To ensure that the special needs cat could adapt to his new surroundings, Brittain kept him in a restricted area initially, but soon enough he was eager to explore. The two were finally united after a long wait, and their bond grew stronger once Felix settled in.
As per Brittain’s recollection, the cat named Sherlock was eager to leave his confinement in the bathroom after just a few days. Initially, Sherlock was hesitant to descend the stairs but was always interested in going upstairs. This behavior of Sherlock was remembered fondly by Brittain.
@sherlockandco on Instagram shared an inspiring story about a blind cat named Felix. In an effort to help Felix become more confident in descending the staircase, his owner, Brittain, used cardboard to block off the spaces between the banisters, providing a guide for the feline to follow. With time, Felix quickly learned how to navigate the stairs and over a year later, he has no difficulty getting around his home. Despite having significant nerve damage on one side of his body, Felix even enjoys playing on the stairs now. This heartwarming story is a testament to the love and dedication pet owners have for their furry friends.
@sherlockandco on Instagram shared a cute photo of Felix who loves spending time with his adoptive feline sibling, Teddy. He enjoys taking naps with him, playing chase games with the humans and cats in his home, having treats in exchange for walking on his wheel, and playing with tissue paper and balloons.
The post on Instagram by @sherlockandco features Felix, a blind cat who loves spending time in his family’s backyard, provided it is warm and dry outside. Although he cannot tolerate cold and rainy weather due to his origins from the desert, Felix enjoys listening to birds that fly over the garden. He finds it amusing and seems to think he can catch them if he could fly too.
Contrary to common belief, Felix can jump despite his blindness, although he only jumps to a certain height due to nerve damage. His owner, Brittain, has made him a footstool to help him climb onto the bed at night, where he enjoys snuggling with his mom.
@sherlockandco’s Instagram account shared an adorable image that depicts the special relationship between Brittain and Felix. Contrary to popular belief, blind cats like Felix are not always timid and anti-social. In fact, Felix is incredibly social and loves spending time with people, even strangers. He welcomes everyone who visits, including the vet, and always wants to be in the middle of the action.
Felix, a completely blind cat, relies on his other senses to navigate and comprehend his surroundings. His owner has observed him using his whiskers to guide him, and despite being unable to see, he was able to follow a butterfly around the garden. Felix’s sense of hearing is also exceptional; he can hear a treat bag from afar and will come running. Thanks to his mother, foster parents, and RAF.KW, Felix’s life is filled with joy and treats. The owner hopes that more people will consider adopting pets with special needs. Although it took her ten months to finally meet Felix, she believes that he was worth the wait because he is such an exceptional and unique boy.
According to Brittain, who shared an image on Instagram via the handle @sherlockandco, she always had a feeling that Felix belonged with her. She claims that Felix has now come to acknowledge this fact as well. Brittain loves the way Felix greets her at the door whenever she comes home and follows her around the house. She finds his trust very rewarding. Brittain also adds that she could tell early on that Felix was a loving and gentle boy. However, as he settled in at his new home, he began to gain confidence and develop a sassy personality, which Brittain thoroughly enjoys. To Brittain, Felix is now his full glorious self.