Cat Sees a Bright Future After Life-Changing Surgery

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 12:00pm
Cat with eyelid agenesis

By the time Mojave was 5 years old, he had seen more than most cats will in a lifetime. Born into the home of a cat hoarder, the tabby spent his early years competing for basic necessities like food, love and attention. To make matters worse, he was suffering from a rare birth defect called eyelid agenesis, in which the eyelids do not form properly. Because of this condition, Mojave’s eyes were in a constant state of irritation from dust, eyelashes and even hair. Two other conditions called entropion and distichiasis also contributed to the sweet cat’s ocular distress. His future looked grim, to say the least.

But one day, everything changed: Mojave was rescued by the ASPCA.

At the ASPCA Animal Hospital, Director of Surgery Dr. J’mai Gayle addressed all three of Mojave’s conditions in a series of carefully staged operations—one of which included the construction of completely new eyelids. It was a long road to recovery, but the extremely social and well-adjusted cat handled everything in stride. After healing, Mojave was quickly adopted into a loving home.

Striped cat sitting on desk

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Cat with eyelid agenesis

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He's called a Mackeral Tabby, for the M on their head.


He's a tabby....



I have a cat exactly like this. Mine is a Domestic Short Hair Tiger. I have the black stripped one, but they also come in the gray stripes too. Here is a little information for you. It shows breeds of cats and a little information on each.

Jan Spencer

If you mean breed, I would say Domestic Shorthair. I have several and they are very social & cuddly.

Lydia Castillo

I am so glad for that kitty cat God less you, for the SPCA people & doctor special for that lovely family who adopt him,.

Valerie Smith

What a wonderful outcome! Thank you to all involved in making animals lives so much better and loving for all concerned. Thank you to the great Doctors who are so compassionate to do this kind of work!


Fourteen years ago, I found a litter of 3 kittens, who were born with this same condition. Two of the three responded to the procedures described, and has sight to allow them to enjoy their sweet lives. The third was placed with her mama, in a home where she was secure and happy. These special babies are such treasures. Seeing this picture reminded me of the first time I saw the two "girls" right after their surgery to remove the upper eyelashes.


had...not has


Be nice. We are here to share love.


she was correcting her own word...