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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Elizabeth Evans

What a blessing for the dear Mojave :-)

Barbara McGranahan

Awww I'm so happy for little Mojave. God bless the people at ASPCA and the doctor that helped him!


It's so nice that Mojave can see so much better now thanks to Dr. Gayle. Mojave deserved a better quality of life and that was provided for him by caring people. He now can live a better life knowing he can see and be loved.


God bless! He's adorable! :)


I cried when I saw this precious feline. Life is tough enough, but to have a well-meaning "hoarder" perpetuate unhealthy living conditions is so counter-productive. I'm so thankful that Dr. Gayle was able to minimize Mojave's irritating condition. I'm also very happy that Mojave is now in a loving furrerver home.


Mojave is a tabby, domestic short hair. So glad the ASPCA docs were able to fix you up little one! Have a wonderful life from here on out!


Thank you for all you did on Mojave's behalf! Inspiring and life-affirming!

Marijane Bamberry

I'm really happy that this neglected cat could be helped. Here is to a better life!


This is such a sad beginning, with such a happy ending! Go Mojave

Carl Jones

I can only imagine the distress from having eyes that don't close properly, makes my eyes water just thinking about it. God bless the doctors who cared for this little angel.