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.

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Cat with eyelid agenesis

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I feel happy that Mojave is better. Keep up the good work ASPCA!

Barbara Felton

What a precious, courageous little kitty Mojave is. He, like all precious dogs and cats are so worth saving. I am so happy for him that he has a forever home.


So happy to see my monthly donation spent well. Mojave, you are beautiful!!

Scott Dellavechia

Such A great story. SOOOO Happy for Mojave. After he heals he WILL be one cute cat. Warms my heart to read about this "Very Happy Story." Cudo's to the ALL the staff at the ASPCA.


How adorable Mojave is, and what a brave kitty. I think he could be a "Bengal cat", just like one of mine.


OMG!! Thank you Lord!! This little one, made my day, he is super cute too. God Bless you allllllll.


God made us all special, some more then others.


God bless you for helping this cat with his problem and for finding him a new home

maria perez

Mojave XXXX

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