Gouda, and her sister Brie, came to us from the Springdale, Arkansas shelter in 2016. Both girls were born without eyelids and needed eye drops every few hours. That's tough to do in a shelter environment. The shelter had just received 72 new cats from a hoarding situation, in addition to the endless number of kittens arriving daily. Hard decisions would have to be made if we couldn't accept these girls. Of course, we said yes.
They arrived at the sanctuary in July where they blossomed into rambunctious little kittens. Our vet evaluated their eyes and recommended an eye specialist in Oklahoma City to perform eyelid reconstruction surgery. Without this surgery, they would need eye drops for the rest of their lives multiple times a day. If they did not get them, they would develop painful corneal ulcers and ultimately go completely blind. We had to make these surgeries happen so they could blink.
Their surgeries were scheduled for October. In the meantime, they were both spayed and we rushed to raise the funds needed for their operations. Although Brie's surgery went well, Gouda's was only successful in one eye. One of her new eyelids did not "take". The vet warned us it might happen. But she seems to be doing okay. We still give her drops in that eye and are keeping a watchful eye on it. We may need to revisit another surgery attempt in a couple of years, but for now, she's doing fine.
Gouda is the bigger, bossy sister. She does not take any grief from anyone but Brie. They are often running around the sanctuary chasing each other, then collapsing together into a fluffy bed, completely exhausted. They will always be rambunctious kittens!
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