A very brave cat, in­deed

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Pets - –By Nishal Laurence

MATILDA was adopted by her owner Meghan in 2013, from a rescue so­ci­ety, when she was just 12 weeks old. And she made her­self right at home from her very first day. She was a brave kit­ten who had no fear of the huge dog in the house.

Af­ter her first birth­day, Matilda be­gan ex­pe­ri­enc­ing prob­lems with her eyes. She had a med­i­cal con­di­tion known as spon­ta­neous lens lux­a­tion, whereby her lens be­came de­tached.

Matilda then suf­fered from sec­ondary glau­coma, which re­sulted in eye en­large­ment. If not for her bulging eyes, she would have looked like any other tabby cat.

Ap­par­ently, her sib­lings, too, had the same med­i­cal con­di­tion and they all went through surgery to treat the prob­lem.

At first, Meghan was re­luc­tant for Matilda to un­dergo an op­er­a­tion; she was given medicine to stay pain-free in­stead. Although nearly blind, she was still able to de­tect some light and mo­tions. Last year, how­ever, her con­di­tion wors­ened, so on March 25, 2016, she went for surgery to re­move both eyes.

She healed well, and af­ter about a month, she was back to do­ing “gar­den ad­ven­tur­ing” – un­der her owner’s su­per­vi­sion. Matilda has taken all the changes in her stride. To­day, she is as healthy and beau­ti­ful as ever.

Her touch­ing story is told on In­sta­gram (@alien cat matilda), where she has 147k fol­low­ers!

Meghan hopes that Matilda’s story and In­sta­gram fame can be help­ful to other kit­ties ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sim­i­lar symp­toms and, in some way, lend a paw to other an­i­mals in need.

— In­sta­gram @alien­cat­matilda

Matilda when she still had one nor­mal-look­ing eye ... and af­ter the op­er­a­tion.

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