Category: Weird Articles
Published on Tuesday, 23 June 2015 00:00
Written by Cheryl Teo Kai Lin
Matilda the cat is rapidly becoming an internet sensation, thanks to her enormous, glassy alien-like eyes. Her mysterious appearance has won over people from all over the world and she has over 68,000 followers on Instagram
. Her eyes are a spectacular phenomenon and makes it look like the entire galaxy is contained within, but sadly, it isn't as amazing as it looks.
The two-year-old tabby cat suffers from a rare medical condition that is only getting worse as she grows older. Matilda's anonymous owners who refer to themselves as her “servants” have revealed that she used to be pretty normal as a kitten, wiith the exception of having a “squinty eye' from time to time.
Matilda as a kitten
“Matilda lives with her loving servants who include The Bearded Man, The Lady and Dog,” her owners write on Matilda’s official site
. “She was born on Valentine’s Day in 2013 in a hoarder house in a small town, and was quickly picked up by a rescue society. When she found her forever home she was only 12 weeks old and the cutest, teensiest thing that anyone had ever seen.”
But shortly after her first birthday, her right pupil became enlarged and stayed that way for several minutes. They consulted several vets, and one of them diagnosed her with feline leukemia. Concerned and saddened, the owners contacted the rescue society to find out how Matilda could have contracted the disease. That’s when the found out that the society had been trying to contact them too! “As it turned out, two of Matilda’s littermates had developed a mysterious eye condition, and they had been trying to re-find Matilda,” the website reads.
Matilda with her right eye enlarged
“The Lady contacted the people with the other cats right away to gain more information about the eye problem and then took Matilda back to the vet, where she was tested again for feline leukaemia. This test came back negative (phew!), and an appointment with the veterinary ophthalmologist was set up right away. This specialist came with her many sophisticated instruments and tests, and confirmed that Matilda displayed signs of spontaneous lens luxation, just like her siblings.”
Lens luxation is a condition in which the eye lens completely dislocates from its normal location. The lenses in Matilda’s right eye had spontaneously detached. Faced with this new information, the owners weren’t sure of what to do. One of Matilda’s sisters had undergone surgery, but it didn’t prove to be very helpful. And the genetic disorder includes a collagen deficiency, which makes healing from surgery a very slow and difficult process.
“After much discussion and consideration, The Lady and The Bearded Man decided with the veterinary ophthalmologist’s support that we would let Matilda’s eyes do what they naturally would, and would not intervene with a traumatic surgery that did not appear to be helpful,” the servants said. “As long as Matilda remained happy and healthy, that was the only thing that mattered.”
Since that decision, Matilda’s eyes have “changed and evolved constantly”. Her left eye soon followed the right, and the lens luxated, rendering her blind. This made the poor cat sad and she became withdrawn for a couple of days. Despite using eyedrops to reduce the pressure and pain, she was visibly distressed. The owners got very worried, but thankfully, Matilda became her regular self again after two days.
Still, the owners have set up a GoFundMe page for Matilda
, just to be prepared in case she does need surgery some day. “To prepare for the day that she needs serious medical care, we are hoping to put away some funds so that help is readily available as soon as she needs it,” the page reads. “She takes medicine to make sure she can keep her eyes functioning as well as she can, but inevitably will need surgery to remove them.”
In the meantime, “Matilda’s servants take her to see a vet regularly and to see an ophthalmologist when necessary. She is always up to date on her checkups and shots, and they watch her very closely to notice any changes in behaviour that might suggest that she’s uncomfortable.” And her latest Instagram caption revealed great news: “So happy to have had a super great check-up today with my eye doctor! Confirmed that I am NOT in pain and NOT suffering from glaucoma. Surgery will wait another day.”
Share the story of this strong and brave little kitty with your friends and family to remind them that even if life takes a bad turn, it is still worth the living.