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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Sabrina Mathenia

Dr. J’mai Gayle you are so awesome! Thank you for being so compassionate and thank you for working at the ASPCA! It is nice to see vets that help animals that have no one.


What a beautiful, sweet and fortunate fella! Dr. Gayle worked wonders, and now it is win-win for Mojave and his adoptive family. Smiles!

Valerie Orner

God bless all of you at ASPCA and those who contribute their time, energies and funds to help animals like this little angel! What a wonderful and inspiring story!

Ingrid Kingaard

What a face!! :)


Sweet Mojave deserves all the best ... hugs and kisses!!!


Mojave - you're a cutie! I'm so glad you were adopted in a loving home.

Dee K

I would have taken him in a heart beat. I rescued a 4 month baby kitten who I thought was blind. I took her to my vet and she thought the same. Well she wasn't it was caught in time. We named her Little bit. She was adopted and when we gave her over to her new owner we made up a suite case with traveled stickers all over it. She had all her toys in the suite case. I rescue a lot of a banded animals. I work as a carrier for USPS.


So happy for lovely Mojave!

Louise B

This is exactly why I am an ASPCA guardian. Thank you for all you do for these animals who would otherwise have a tragic fate. The opportunity for Mojave to enjoy a long and happy life filled with love is so...rewarding.


so very happy for Mojave that he is in his forever home.