I walked past the painting room, glanced in and there was Duffy (my wonderful little blind cat) ON TOP OF MY PAINTING that was balanced on the artist's easel. How in the world does he do this??? I ran to the next room and grabbed a camera. As luck would have it, Murphy's Law was in full force; and I couldn't see anything through the eyefinder on the camera. I tried several times, and it was clear that Duffy was going to jump down.

So I just aimed it as best I could without seeing anything and got two shots. Duffy came scrambling down, and the camera worked fine after I turned it off and then back on. Fortunately, I did get two pretty decent pictures considering that I couldn't see anything (attached). It's a good thing the painting is dry because he scraped all the length of the painting as he came down to the floor.
If you would like to see "the incredible Duffy's" newest feat, the pictures are posted here:
The balancing act:
The scramble down:


MaryL
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I walked past the painting room, glanced in and there was Duffy (my wonderful little blind cat) *ON TOP ... to see "the incredible Duffy's" newest feat, the pictures are posted here: The balancing act: The scramble down:

Wow! Duffy is one super-cat! Maybe he flew up there, but then had to take the hard way down, since you were watching?
Priscilla
Great shots, Mary, for not having seen through the viewfinder! Duffy is just amazing to me.
Scritches for him! And I'm glad he didn't ruin your painting, too! Christine
Loved the pix!!
Gail
I walked past the painting room, glanced in and there was Duffy (my wonderful little blind cat) ON TOP OF MY PAINTING

OMG, how CUTE!! Emotion: smile
I needed a good giggle today.

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I walked past the painting room, glanced in and there was Duffy (my wonderful little blind cat) *ON TOP ... see "the incredible Duffy's" newest feat, the pictures are posted here: The balancing act: The scramble down: MaryL

Duffy is an amazing cat. What I can't figure out is how did he know there was a place to sit if he doesn't have some vision?Is it possible to determine if he sees shadows?
I walked past the painting room, glanced in and there was Duffy (my wonderful little blind cat) *ON TOP ... to see "the incredible Duffy's" newest feat, thepictures are posted here: The balancing act: The scramble down: MaryL

cute pics - and a great painting, too!
Brenda
I walked past the painting room, glanced in and ... How in the world does he do this??? .jpg MaryL

Duffy is an amazing cat. What I can't figure out is how did he know there was a place to sit if he doesn't have some vision?Is it possible to determine if he sees shadows?[/nq]No, Duffy cannot see at all. He does so well (he even locates spiders and follows them) that I thought he might have a small amount of vision. I wanted to have his eyes examined by an ophthalmologist to see if there is any vision, try to determine the cause of his blindness, and learn if there is anything I should do for his eyes. I knew that any vision would be minimal because his eyes are completely covered by a blue pigmentation and I cannot even see an iris, but I would have felt dreadful if I had learned at some time in the future that he had minimal vision but lost it because I did not take adequate care.

So I got a referral to Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and took him there to have his eyes evaluated by an ophthalmologist. I learned that Duffy is completely blind and that he has a condition known as "anterior cleavage syndrome." There should be space between the iris and the cornea. In Duffy's case, the two components are pressed together, and there is no space between them. This probably happened in utero and possibly was caused by infection in the mother.

Duffy is an example of how well cats can adjust to blindness. He can do almost anything that a sighted cat can do except that he can't run around the room like Holly does, and he needs to be able to "feel" something (such as a shelf) so that he can make his way up and down when climbing. I specifically asked if he has any light/dark perception that would account for the way that he seems to have such acute awareness of his environment. I was told that any possibility was "slim to nil," and they doubted it very much. The veterinarians at A&M were dubious that he could even see shadows; if so, it is extremely slight.
Duffy loves to climb, and he climbs so quickly that I sometimes find him in the most unexpected places. As a result, I bought a large cat tree to give him some "vertical space." Even for me, today's episode with Duffy on top of the painting was completely unexpected. My best guess is that he climbed up the back of the easel by reaching for and feeling the cross-pieces on the easel.
This was a long answer to a very short question, but I find that people are often interested in learning about Duffy's eyes and his capabilities.

MaryL
Incredible, indeed. We are impressed.
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