The Story of Gumbo the Eyeless Wondercat

Adorable Gumbo taking a nap

Gumbo is an absolute treasure. He is an amazing boy who time and time again demonstrates that cats have ADAPTABILITY not DISABILITIES. Gumbo won me over when I visited the cat rescue. Out of 226 cats, he stole my heart. Granted, I came home with a different cat at first because I needed one that I knew could do pet therapy and comfortably visit nursing homes, but I convinced my husband to give me a third cat as an anniversary present and quickly went back and brought home the big (he was quite overweight when we adopted him) orange boy.

Gumbo meticulously washing his paw

Gumbo had been dumped on the shelter grounds. It took them a while, but they were eventually able to get him inside with the rest of the felines. Gumbo was missing many teeth and had a broken tail, but he seemed otherwise reasonably healthy. . . or so we thought. Not that long after he settled into our home he developed uveitis. Courses of antibiotics, steroids, and antivirals didn't prevent the progression of the inflammation. My handsome Gumbo went blind in one eye first then lost that eye completely thanks to the painful secondary glaucoma that occurred. Then the uveitis destroyed his other eye leaving Gumbo completely blind. None of this stops him. Gumbo is simply astounding with his ability to adapt to anything and everything.

Gumbo gave Godiva a kiss

I had plotted out move from Iowa to Minnesota and very carefully planned introducing Gumbo to his new envirnment slowly, one room at a time. Within fifteen minutes of arriving, Gumbo had surveyed the whole house and knew the layout. Two tricky things for him were found, though: he couldn't judge the location of the step into the sunken living room (much, much better now although he still occasionally goofs) and he had no fear of leaping, including wanting to jump down to the bottom of the stairwell. A quick trip to the hardware store for plexiglass to put across the rail averted any potential disaster. For an eyeless cat, Gumbo certainly figures out how to climb on anything he can find.

"Swatting at the cage to get whatever makes those faint noises on the metal. . . can he tell by smell it's a mouse?" - Jean

Gumbo behaves like a normal cat. Even I forget and slip up times, especially when he's seated on a window ledge facing out at the world. "Whatcha watchin', Gumbo?" Silly question. When Gumbo met Petunia, a mouse, for the first time, he first quickly glanced over the mouse cage then began staring intently at Petunia. However, Gumbo had no eyes. He's simply amazing to me.

"My 16yo blind (eyeless) boy seeks out Zamboni and holds him down by the neck. Zamboni's defense? He twists around, grabs Gumbo's head with both paws, and licks until Gumbo lets go. . . gotta love this boy!" - Jean

Please, please, please, if I learned anything through Gumbo, it is that blind cats can have a fabulous quality of life. Do not overlook a blind cat or think you need to put them to sleep to put them out of their misery. Gumbo, an incredibly content boy, has no misery. He takes everything in stride and loves life along the way.

Godiva and Gumbo

I love this boy and will miss him terribly one day. He cuddles at night with me. I even had to add a second pillow above my head so that Gumbo wouldn't keep pushing me off my own pillow!

"My eyeless Gumbo is trying to understand what he hears and smells on the other side of the screen. . . Vidalia (a rescued stray cat mama) and her 3-week-old brood nursing." - Jean

Gumbo's roughly 16 years old now, but I hope he lives another 16 years.

Gumbo, shadow, reflection

"Gumbo greeting me at the sliding glass door: the amazing thing about the photo is what cannot be seen. . . just to my left, my husband is cutting up a tree with a chain saw. Why is the blind cat the most tolerant of the horrendous noise?"

10 Biggest Female Celebrity Ho Ho Hoes!

The following 10 female celebrities are naughty and never nice. They've been on Santa's naughty list for quite some time by taking celebrity hoeing to a whole new level. Men kinda have to respect them because If there weren't hoes in the world, we'd have no way of making all the good girls feel bad for not being one too. Also because we have to be hoes because it's built into our DNA.

#10 Kendra Wilkinson - When Kendra's not posing for naked pictures, she's usually naked on her reality show. And when she's not naked doing either of those things, she's releasing old sex tapes. That's a ho fo sho!

#9 Winona Ryder - Is it Ryder or "ride her?" Winona has been a sexual right of passage for almost every upcoming male celebrity star for the last two decades with over 30 known male celebrities hook ups to date... that the media knows about.

#8 Snooki - Anytime you get arrested for being drunk and you're wearing a t-shirt that says "slut" I'd say that pretty much seals the deal of officially becoming a hoe

#7 Tila Tequila - Let's see, there's the leaked sex tape, her bisexual MTV reality show and the don't forget the Juggalos incident. Yes, you know you've crossed the hoe line when a bunch of dudes throw stuff at you when you're topless on stage.

#6 Kim Kardashian - Kim may still be in denial, but the only reason she is famous because she made sex tape that was "accidentally" leaked online. That must be why both her and Ray J talked to the camera the whole tape saying stuff like "hey everybody." Since then Kim has become an NFL player and Hollywood actor amusement ride.

#5 Tara Reid - Tara is the pefect example of what happens when a hoe can't control your level of hoeing in Hollywood. Tara was passed around so much in the early 2000's that her body and face now resemble an old catcher's mitt.

#4 Lindsay Lohan - It doesn't seem like long ago that we all knew the innoncent young and hot Ms. Lohan. Since then she's aged faster than a banana and been plowed more than an Iowa corn field.

#3 Ke$ha - Over the last six months, Ke$ha has released photos of herself online with man juice on her stomach and random dude going down on her. And only hoes get busted for pissing in public sinks.

#2 Paris Hilton - It sucks to include Paris in any Manofest list but there a certain lists you simply can't leave her off of. This includes lists about celebrity skanks, people who are wasting air we could all be breathing and female celebrities who probably smell like mayonnaise in the crotch region.

#1 Sienna Miller - It sucks to put Sienna at the #1 slot because she's so damn hot but Sienna has hooked up with every male co-star she's ever worked with she's topless more than a bottle of ketchup at Denny's. And you know you're officially become a full-blown hoe when somoene spray paints "slut" on the side of your house.

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