Mojave is a 6-year-old, 17 pound tabby who loves being the center of attention and the life of every party. But that wasn’t always the case.
Mojave, who lived his former life in the home of a cat hoarder, suffered from eyelid agenesis, a rare birth defect in which the eyelids do not form properly. Because of this condition, Mojave’s eyes were constantly subjected to irritation from dust, eyelashes, and even hair. He also had a condition called entropion, in which his lower eyelid folded inward, causing those eyelashes to constantly rub against his cornea. Distichiasis, where eyelashes form in the ducts of glands within the eyelid, also contributed to Mojave’s ocular distress.
Through a series of carefully staged surgeries, Dr. J’mai Gayle, Director of Surgery at the ASPCA Animal Hospital, was able to treat Mojave for all three of his conditions. First, Dr. Gayle performed a bilateral eyelid reconstruction, which involved harvesting skin from around the cat’s lip and grafting it to form new upper eyelids. His final surgery, at Blue Pearl, involved lasering off problematic eyelashes and hairs so they would no longer brush against his cornea.
After his recovery, the sweet, brave cat quickly found a home. And while we are thrilled that his story has a happy ending, the truth is that there are still so many animals that desperately need our help.
When you donate to the ASPCA, you are giving animals like Mojave a second chance at life. It is only through your support that we are able to perform complex surgeries, rescues, and rehabilitations for those that need us most. Please join us today.