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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Ruth Sherlock

Sooooo beautiful!

Joyce Nelson

M precious one you are deserving of all that is good in this world. Most innocent furry friends are the best friends. One little guy actually saved my life. I will do anything for my furry best friends.
God Bless.


I'm so glad I'm a supporter of the ASPCA and to hear about the wonderful things you do. Keep up the great work! Mojave sure is one lucky kitty!


Tough little guy, he deserves a great life.


Tough little guy, he deserves a great life.


What a wonderful and very happy ending for Mojave! Bless Dr. Gayle for his compassion and knowledge!!


What a sweetheart, so happy for the little guy :)


How wonderful that someone could correct those problems of his. I am so touched by this, thanks.


Mojave - you are one special and beautiful cat! You deserve only the best of the best, like all animals, as you give so much to us humans! And thank you to all the wonderful people who make sure that you have a great second start in life;


Still, what a beautiful cat!!! :) And, what a great story with a happy ending!