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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

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Cat with eyelid agenesis

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Holli Rossi Murphy

So happy for Mojave!

Heather

Way to go little guy!!! <3

Eva

Bravo to the wonderful doctors! Such a beautiful kitty indeed. Very deserving of a great life ahead.

Christina Karb

OMG he's adorable!!!!! So happy he got a home he deserves.

Eric in NJ

Such a wonderful story!

Lorena

This makes my heart sing! :)

Shelley

Youre beautiful Mojave :-) You deserve lots of love form here on out!

Susan

What type of cat is he. A friend just gave us a kitten that looks just like him. I would love to know what type cat he is. So glad Mojave was rescued.

Susan

What type of cat is he. A friend just gave us a kitten that looks just like him. I would love to know what type cat he is. So glad Mojave was rescued.

Alison

He looks like a tabby to me.

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