Moet the blind cat began life in Oman and was bred by an unregulated pet shop owner who would leave her in a “dirty cage” and “without food and water”. Thankfully, the Persian cat has now found her forever home and has even become a social media star!
In Oman, the animal rights legislation is limited and Moet’s current owner, Emily said: “She was left untreated to die – often without food and water, a dirty cage, no bed to lie on, no toys”.
Sadly, due to the neglect the champagne-coloured Persian cat endured, she was left slightly deteriorated and tragically, went completely blind.
Fortunately, Moet was chosen by a woman who had gone to her local charity doing pro bono vet work for charities and that’s when the kitty met Emily.
Emily told Metro: “They nursed Moet back to health and removed her decaying eyes to save her life.
“I had been looking for a companion for my first rescue, Luna, and the vets mentioned that they had a 1-year-old blind Persian. I was resistant at first, but they persuaded me to ‘just come and meet her’.
“I hadn’t ever met a blind cat before and didn’t really know what to expect. I kneeled down to stroke her cheek. She instantly rolled over for a belly rub. I was sold!
“She purred and purred and was so sweet-natured and seemed so happy. The instant connection I felt was so strong.
“I couldn’t take her straight away as she was still being medicated and didn’t yet have her stitches out, so I had to wait three days. Even though I’d only spent 20 minutes with her, I couldn’t stop thinking and talking about her.”
Moet’s previous life is now a distant memory and she’s flourishing. The six-year-old cat is now living in Oman with her Nottingham-born owner, Emily.
As well as pestering Emily for constant attention, Moet loves chin rubs, being brushed, chasing bugs and sleeping. Apparently, she even has a boyfriend cat called Basi who lives in the UK! Emily says she met him twice.
Although Moet may not be aware of it herself, her adorable face has amassed a large social media following and she now has around 33,000 Twitter followers and 51,000 Instagram followers. Her fans are based all over the world.
Emily said: “I mainly wanted the world to see just how amazing blind cats are (and, although biased, I think Moet is very cute).
“But very soon after I did sign her up to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (and more recently TikTok), I realised that I could do more and felt a sense of responsibility around the awareness she could create.
“There are loads of blind cats in shelters who are unnecessarily euthanised every year because people think they are ‘unadoptable’. This is simply not the case, which is what we try to show so that more are adopted into loving, caring homes.”
As so many people absolutely adore fluffy Moet, Emily has decided to launch a non-profit merchandise store where you can purchase everything Moet related, from mugs to cushions for your house.
The items may be cute – how could they not with Moet’s face – but they’ve been designed with a particular purpose.
Emily and Moet are raising money to help the stray cats of Oman, so no other cats have to experience the trauma that Moet did before finding her forever home.
Emily is determined to get people to overcome their scepticism about rescuing cats that have a troubled past or have a disability.
Despite it not always being easy, she believes it is important that all cats get to experience a loving home, especially cats who have those extra needs that need to be attended to.
Emily explained: “As long as they are willing and able to provide a loving and caring ‘forever’ home and a safe environment for them, then they should go for it!
“I’d go far beyond saying I have no regrets, but rather that this has changed my life in ways I could not have imagined. Not in big ways (yet), but in significant ways for me personally.
“It’s important, though, to remember that so-called ‘special needs’ cats are a responsibility and may require care over and above a ‘normal’ cat. As long as people go into it with their eyes open (pardon the pun) and for the right reasons, they will be richly rewarded.
“They are amazing, capable, loving and most of the time, like normal cats.
“For me, now, adopting has a different meaning. I think I’d go out of my way to adopt a cat that had behavioural or physical challenges, one that had maybe had a rough start in life.
“I’m very interested in feline behaviour also and believe that every cat deserves love, security, a full belly and much more.”
To check Moet’s store out and have a look at what’s on offer, click here.