A nice couple adopted a tabby kitten that had been removed from a hoarder. She was perfectly normal in all respects except she had one eye that would squint occasionally. Didn’t seem like anything to worry about. They named her Matilda and got on with the daily life of being pet parents.
Her humans told People Pets that right around her first birthday, Matilda’s right pupil became enlarged. Really enlarged. So enlarged that it alarmed them to the point where Matilda was rushed to a vet. By the time they got to the vet’s office, her eye looked normal again. This happened again and after another unsuccessful trip to the vet, Matilda was taken for a second opinion and given tests for everything.
It was finally determined that she had spontaneous lens luxation. The lens detached from the rest of the eye. First it happened in one eye and then the other. It turned out that two of Matilda’s five siblings also had the same condition. One underwent, surgery and had a difficult recovery. The siblings also suffer from a collagen deficiency, which is a genetic disorder that makes it difficult for them to recover from injuries and surgeries which makes treatment of this condition that much more complicated.
Matilda’s humans have run every test and talked to many experts and decided to not have surgery at this point. Little is known about the eyeball enlargement, which was a result of the lens detaching. Experts are completely stumped. They say she is happy and healthy, but her eyes have continued to change and she will probably eventually have to undergo surgery at some point.
Matilda is now blind but they say she is not in any pain and her human’s intend to love and care for her for the rest of her life no matter what. She visits her ophthalmologist regularly and so far, aside from a few days of adjusting to the dramatic eye evolution, is happy and acts like any other ordinary, happy, spoiled little house cat.
UPDATE: March 2016
Yesterday was the day we hoped would never come. Matilda’s big beautiful eyes started to work against her, and they had to come out.
Matilda has a lot of healing to do. She has stitches and some bruising and swelling, and is missing some fur and whiskers. You know how much she loves the camera, so we’ll keep photos to a minimum until she’s camera-ready again. Although she looks different, she is still incredibly cute and inspiring!
But for now, it’s all about rest and healing.
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