Two cats were spotted wandering along the roadside in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia when they were just five weeks old. A couple rescued them and took them in, but soon discovered something unusual about their eyes.
Meet Dora and her brother Felix.
The kind-hearted couple immediately sought help from their local RSPCA (NSW) to confirm what they saw. “Dora and her brother Felix were afflicted with a rare and debilitating eye condition,” RSPCA NSW said. The kittens were born without eyelids.
“Without corrective surgery, the kittens were likely to go blind within a year,” Patrick Jones of RSPCA NSW wrote on his blog. “Thanks to the amazing vets from the Eye Clinic for Animals (in Sydney), the surgery that Felix and Dora so desperately needed was made possible.”
They waited until the kittens were six months old for the surgery. After eight long hours, they came out with new eyelids in both eyes. “Dr Cameron Whittaker saved the kittens’ sight by using tissue from their lips to create eyelids.”
Dora is a courageous and clever young lady. “Despite this unfavourable beginning, Dora is living life boldly, and with her newly grafted eyelids, can better see the smiles she puts on the faces of everyone she meets.”
Felix is a affectionate young man who will steal your heart. “Felix, with his newly grafted eyelids, continues to make mischief and demand cuddles from all he meets. With a purr as loud as a lion’s, Felix is devoted and demonstrative in his love.”
Now the kitties are nine months old, and are happy as can be. What is still missing in their lives is their forever loving home.
The two siblings are so grateful for a second chance at life. They are adventurous, affectionate and have so much to give.
Dora snuggling with her caregiver, purring away.
Happiest little girl.