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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

When you contribute to the ASPCA, you are giving animals like Mojave a second chance. Your support enables us to continue these life-changing rescues, surgeries and rehabilitations, and we—and the animals—would be lost without you.

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Cat with eyelid agenesis

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Wanda

you are precious !!

Donna

What's not to love about this brave cat!! Such a good story!

Nadine

Thanks for all you did for this BEAUTIFUL CAT!! & thanks for all you do everyday.. :)

Diana

Thank God!! I hope he finds a forever loving home. :)

DeAnna Dawson

So happy for Mojave!! Glad that he now has a loving family.

Sandy

I love what the ASPCA does for these wonderful, innocent animals. I am overjoyed that Mojave is doing great!!!

Janis

Such a loving story. I hope animal hoarding is fined.

Bren

Kudos to the person that adopted him! He's one lucky little cutie pie!

Gail

The vets are amazing and so are the people who rescued the hording victims. These stories really inspire me. I'm happy Mojave got a loving home.

Gail

The vets are amazing and so are the people who rescued the hording victims. These stories really inspire me. I'm happy Mojave got a loving home.

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