A very brave cat, indeed
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.
Matilda when she still had one normal-looking eye ... and after the operation.