There are a lot of famous cats on the Internet (Grumpy Cat, anyone?), but a new shining star has entered the galaxy. Matilda and her so-called “alien eyes” are stealing hearts and raising awareness about her condition.
ABC News reports that the cat’s parents, who simply go by The Bearded Man and The Lady (they also call themselves her servants), adopted her from an organization that rescued her from a hoarder. She arrived at their home when she was just 12 weeks old and there were no signs that she’d develop her celestial eyes.
As she grew, they started to realize something was wrong. Matilda’s owner, The Lady, said she contacted the local rescue group for answers and they’d actually been looking for them. It turns out, some of Matilda’s littermates had the same condition. They didn’t know what it was until she was diagnosed by a veterinary ophthalmologist:
A veterinary ophthalmologist soon confirmed that Matilda displayed signs of spontaneous lens luxation, just like her siblings, her servants said. The specialist explained to them that Matilda’s lenses had spontaneously detached and that she also had a collagen deficiency, which makes it difficult to heal from injuries and surgery.
The Lady and The Bearded Man wrote they initially decided, with the veterinary ophthalmologist’s support, that they 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.”
Matilda is now completely blind and eventually will need surgery, but they’re holding off as long as they can. She had medicine to get rid of any pain her condition may cause. Her owners have started a GoFundMe page to help pay for her medical costs.
“No matter what happens, her servants think she’s perfect and beautiful,” they said in the page’s description, “and will love and care for her the absolute best way that they can for however long this little alien is here.”
We think Matilda and Puss in Boots could be great friends.