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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Vicki Peters

It's so wonderful what they do at ASPCA thank you, I wish I could give more than I do.

The Fazio's

Bless his little heart! Thank you all for caring so much for so many! This is why we give monthly!


Love to hear happy stories!!! Yeah Mojave - many years of lovin :-)


What a handsome kitty Mojave is!! Don't you just want to love him through his photo? Wonderful story - so happy to hear this one has a happy ending. Blessings to all who helped make it possible; doctors, rescuers, adopters, etc. You are all heroes. I have a tabby (Audrey), who we rescued from the field behind our house and looks like Mojave and is the sweetest and smartest cat. Best of luck in your new life Mojave!

Carolyn F

What a sweet little baby god love you. I am so happy you are free from those horrible conditions. And god bless the Dr and assistants that took care of you.

Karin in VT

Such a beautiful cat! So happy for him!

Jo Ann

Excellent, so happy for this cutie pie


This is why I contribute monthly to ASPCA - I love knowing that my small contribution is going to a good cause!!!


How beautiful. How special.

Diane McGinty

Awesome!!! So happy for Mojave!