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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.

Please make a one-time gift today. Together, we can help more animals see the world with eyes wide open.

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Cat with eyelid agenesis

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Glenn Clark

this is what makes it all worth giving to aspca every month. have a happy life little fella!!!!!

kELLEY

Love to hear stories such as this. Animals of all kinds need our love and support

Carol

See what great work all those contributions make. May this beautiful cat live and long and healthy life now. Soooooo good to see.

Michelle Carr

God bless the doctor and God bless Mojave.

Nancy

What a heartwarming and encouraging story. Shows a lot can be done if the right people get involved.

Christina Erskine

Happy dance !

Debbie C

Thank you for rescuing and giving Mohave the surgery he needed. I've made a small donation to send my support. Rock on Mohave! You're handsome!

Barbara Doherty

Wow! This is the BEST! May Mojave have a very happy life.

Barbara Doherty

Wow! This is the BEST! May Mojave have a very happy life.

MARCIA

THAT IS WONDERFUL NEWS. I HOPE HE HAS A LIFE FILLED WITH HAPPINESS AND LOVE.

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