Let me introduce you to Monica, a woman who once had a fascination for cats and always dreamed of having one of her own. When she was only nine years old, her family fulfilled her wish by getting her a little kitten. Since then, Monica and her furry companion, Pico, have grown up together and have become the best of friends in Canada.
Now, Monica is a young lady, and Pico is a sweet senior boy kitty. However, what makes Pico truly special is a condition he lives with called bilateral glaucoma. Despite this challenge, Monica’s love for Pico remains unwavering. In fact, she goes above and beyond to ensure that he experiences the most beautiful and fulfilling life until his very last moments. Unfortunately, Pico lost his sight completely five years ago due to this condition.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Monica after stumbling upon an article about Pico in the New York Post. Luckily, she graciously agreed to share more about her extraordinary feline companion.
So, without further ado, let me introduce you to Pico!
How did Pico become a part of your life?
At the tender age of nine, I yearned for a feline companion. After much persuasion, my parents finally agreed to grant my birthday wish – a cat. Rather than going to a pet store, we decided to adopt a cat in need from the local veterinarian. Upon contacting them, we discovered that there was a cat who was in search of a loving home. This particular feline had been involved in a car accident and was in a coma at the time. Fortunately, he had miraculously recovered and succeeded in his rehabilitation. When we met him, his cuddly, sweet, and adorable nature immediately won us over, and we knew he was the perfect fit for our family. With his striking green eyes, he stole our hearts instantaneously.
How did Pico acquire his name?
The credit for Pico’s unique name goes to my father. Observing the dots on my cat’s body, my dad cleverly associated them with the French word for dots – “Pico.” Hence, the name Pico was chosen for our beloved feline friend.
Can you describe his personality?
He possesses the playful charm of a big baby. Seeking attention is his forte as he often trails behind me throughout the house, yearning for cuddles and affection. His attachment to me is evident when he joins me for slumber on my bed every night. A peculiar fascination with brushes becomes evident, as he revels in the joy of being groomed.
What are his preferred pastimes?
Sleeping and eating are his ultimate pleasures! He indulges in long bouts of slumber, often spending the majority of his day in dreamland. The anticipation of mealtime fills him with sheer excitement, showcasing his ardent love for food. As the summer season arrives, his delight knows no bounds when he gets to venture outside. Exploration becomes his favorite activity, coupled with the sheer joy of basking in the warm sun.
What is something fascinating that I want people to know about Pico? Well, despite being blind, he navigates his way around the house with remarkable skill. I have had the pleasure of being his owner for a remarkable eight years, and the bond between us is so strong that I would go to any lengths to ensure his well-being. Regarding his eyes, there’s no need to fret. Pico does not experience any pain and I have taken him to the vet numerous times to ensure his comfort. We even provide him with eye drops to alleviate any discomfort. So please, don’t worry about him. I take care of him like he’s royalty.
I would also like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Monica for giving me the opportunity to share Pico’s story and for spreading awareness about how extraordinary special needs cats can be. If you’d like to see more of this stunning feline, be sure to check out his Instagram page. And for those of you on TikTok, don’t forget to give him a follow there as well!