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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What a wonderful story. I gives me hope when I feel that so many are not being helped. Just to know this kitty was given a chance, makes me feel like soldering on.


He's called a Mackeral Tabby. For the M on his forehead. I have a couple of them and they are so loving.

Susie Henzi

I'm so happy he got a home.

Carole Major Leupi

So glad I contribute regularly to ASPCA

Pamela Sorokey

Mojave, My heart was breaking for you, but now it is so full of joy and happiness! You deserve all the best that life has to offer you! You now have the most wonderful life with your new family, who will love and care for you furrever! Have a wonderful blessed life baby boy! You will always be in my heart....I love you so much precious angel! <3 <3 <3


God bless you Mojave! You are so brave. Am glad you are in a loving home being well cared for.



Camryn Lee

So nice that Mojave can see and that he will be in loving arms that will help erase the horrors of his bad beginnings. Thank you!

Linda R

Mojave reminds me our old kitty Doc. I am so happy he has been saved and is now loved.

Nicole for NJ

Poor Kitty!!! That is so horrible what he had to go thru. But, I'm so happy to hear that he was adopted into a forever home where he will be loved.