When we found Ebony and Harmony on a hillside in Tiburon, living with their feral mom, we couldn’t understand why it was so difficult to trap the kittens. But once we caught them, we learned that both were born with “Small Eye Syndrome.” With underdeveloped eyes, they had limited vision.
Thankfully, Marin Friends of Ferals raised the funds to allow Ebony and Harmony to have corrective surgery, giving them better, but not perfect vision. These sweet, gentle cats (now 8-months-old) are being fostered by MFF, in partnership with Jake’s Place, until their forever indoor home is found.
Ebony and Harmony rely on each other to navigate through life, with Ebony being the super playful leader of the two. He loves his toys and personal interaction, whereas Harmony is initially timid. Because her eyesight is more impaired than Ebony’s, she prefers to stay close to him. However, once she feels safe, the purring starts and soon she’s playfully engaging. Both cats are black with medium silky-soft fur. They like other cats but will blossom in a home without dogs or young children.
The first response, when people hear Ebony and Harmony are sight-impaired, is to feel sorry for them and to question if they’re able to care for special needs cats. But here’s the thing: These two cats have no idea they have what others call a disability. They’re playful kittens whose only deficit is having smaller eyes than most cats, so they must live indoors. Their eyes may not be typical of most felines, but Ebony and Harmony are perfectly okay with that. How about you?
Are you that special guardian who will recognize their joyful spirits and their need to be loved and treasured for the innately beautiful cats they truly are? If so, Ebony and Harmony are waiting to meet you. For more information, please contact their foster mom, Linda, of Marin Friends of Ferals, at 215-327-0252.