The Smokey Eye

From Smokey, the Melville Cat:

There’s something wrong with my eye.

Yeah, so my face looks a little funny. What’s it to you?

Heather said my eye is not “dialing” properly. At least that’s what I think she said. I didn’t even realize that cats’ eyes are supposed to dial.

I don’t understand what all the fuss is about. My eye feels weird when light shines in it, but otherwise I’m fine. I can still see everything. I didn’t even know there was a problem until I came into the house today and Heather and Lucky started to look at me strangely. Then they brought out this ugly plastic box, shoved me into it, and put me in the car.

Heather drove me to that unpleasant place called the vet. I cried a little but tried to play it cool. Even when the doctor pushed a horrible, cold stick into a very private and uncomfortable place (how rude!), I kept my composure. I’ve learned from experience that it’s pointless to make a fuss in these situations.

The doctor told Heather that I was fine, except for my non-dialing eye. Duh, I could have told her that myself. So we came back home. Now I am very sleepy.

I just wanted to sleep when we got home. But Heather kept bothering me with her camera.

Later, Heather’s phone rang and it was the doctor. After Heather hung up, she told me that the doctor had figured out what is wrong with me. I have a very rare condition, which makes sense because I am a very rare cat. The condition is called:


I told you I was special.

No one knows what causes this condition, and it only happens to cats. But apparently it’s not dangerous and it goes away on its own…in three to four months!

I guess I will have to take some time off from my modeling career.

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 The Melville Cat is full of surprises. I’m sad that Smokey’s eye will be a little sensitive  (and funny-looking) for the next few months, but relieved that the condition doesn’t seem to be serious. By the way, I took Smokey to the Linden Veterinary Clinic because it was lunch time and there were no vets on duty at the Richmond and Melville clinics. The doctor I saw, Dr. Anita, was fantastic. She didn’t charge me for the consultation, and when she couldn’t diagnose the problem she called a veterinary eye specialist, who gave her an immediate answer without insisting on seeing Smokey. This would NEVER happen in the United States.

Ms. M thinks we should get Smokey an eye patch. I agree that he would look awesome in one. Anyone have a cat-sized pirate costume?

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  • Reply Gail Scott McDonnell Wilson May 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Love reading your posts!

  • Reply catherine May 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I have never heard of that condition but am happy to read that it is not serious! Not sure though that the Melville cat will agree to wearing an eye patch, no matter how cool he would look and how much fun you’d have, clicking away at him!

    • Reply 2summers May 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      Yes, I fear that you’re right. Shame.

  • Reply ComplexSymmetry May 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Love how it’s written in the cat’s voice.
    The contrast between the two eye’s amazing, makes the poor thing look possessed!

    • Reply 2summers May 11, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      It actually fits his personality quite well 🙂

  • Reply lijiun May 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Hi! May your cat “Get well” soon! Cheers!

    • Reply 2summers May 11, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      Thanks. He already seems to have forgotten about it.

  • Reply jackie hulme May 11, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    he would look like a real skelm in an eye patch … the skelm of Melville

    • Reply 2summers May 11, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      Haha. I had to google the word “skelm” 🙂

  • Reply chuckv88 May 11, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Once again a very special post. Hope Smokey gets the ‘smoke’ out of its eye.

    • Reply 2summers May 11, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      Haha. He’s looking fine at the moment. Since it’s nighttime, the bad eye nearly matches the good one.

  • Reply barbaramattio May 11, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    What a lovely blog. He looks like a cat who used to reside with me except for the eye. I invite you to visit my blog and I look forward to reading more of yours.

    • Reply 2summers May 12, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Thanks Barbara, I’m glad you like it! I will check out yours.

  • Reply Kathryn McCullough May 12, 2012 at 12:08 am

    So glad Smokey is okay! Poor baby.

    • Reply 2summers May 12, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Thanks Kathy, Smokey is much better today. The “Smokey” eye looks almost the same as the other one now!

  • Reply eremophila May 12, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Fred is being very polite and not laughing. In fact, he’s hoping Smokey is NOT possessed !
    We both wish him well♥ You too 🙂

    • Reply 2summers May 12, 2012 at 9:38 am

      Thanks to Fred for being polite. Smokey’s eye is already much improved! Looks like it might not take three months for him to get back into modeling shape after all.

  • Reply Gobetween May 12, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Great post, on your special fella.

  • Reply rumpydog May 13, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Avast ye mateys! Seriously, I’m glad it’s gonna be OK!

  • Reply Owls May 13, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Maybe his nickname for the time being should be “Freakey.” Seriously, you would not have gotten that kind of vet treatment in the US. Money first has become their motto too.

    • Reply 2summers May 13, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Haha. It was certainly freaky.

  • Reply Owls May 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Oh yeah, and Rosie says he looks like David Bowie.

  • Reply Slowvelder May 13, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Still such a dashing fellow!

    • Reply 2summers May 13, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      Indeed he is. And now the mysterious affliction had completely disappeared!

  • Reply aspiringimagesbyrachel May 14, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    They adapt so quickly. My pug is blind and he just runs around all happy and no care in the world. When he jumps from the bed/couch we call it “The Leap of Faith” since he can’t see where he is going to land.

    I am glad to hear this was temporary. In the meanwhile, lots of treats for Smokey!

    • Reply 2summers May 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      Haha, yes. Animals adapt very quickly. The vet was actually wrong and Smokey’s affliction lasted for exactly one day. He’s completely back to normal now.

  • Reply Pam Cameron May 15, 2012 at 12:52 am

    I had never heard of that condition before! So interesting. I’m glad your baby is back to normal even though I don’t think he looked so bad!

    • Reply 2summers May 15, 2012 at 7:48 am

      Thanks. You’re right too, he actually looked kind of cool.

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