Meet Matilda, The Cat With Alien Eyes That’s Becoming An Internet Sensation

Matilda’s owners say she’s living a happy life despite her condition.

This is Matilda, your everyday tabby who happens to have giant, alien-like eyeballs.

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Matilda has gotten more than 40,000 Instagram followers and counting because of the genetic eye disorder that causes her eyes to resemble flying saucers.
Matilda’s owners, who identify themselves as “The Bearded Man” and “The Lady,” wrote that the cat is now blind, though she seems to be living a pretty chill life nonetheless.

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The celestial feline was born on Valentine’s Day in 2013, and her owners, who also call themselves her servants, got her from a shelter when she was 12 weeks old.
The kitten “showed no fear when she met Dog, who was about 10 times her size,”

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But the extraterrestrial-resembling feline didn’t always have eyes that seemed to stare right into your soul, and looked (relatively) normal when she was first adopted.
Though gradually, Matilda started to have “one squinty eye from time to time, which earned her the nickname of Quasimodo,” her owners said.

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After getting in touch with her rescue society, Matilda’s owners learned two of her siblings also had the mysterious condition.
A veterinary ophthalmologist determined that Matilda suffered from spontaneous lens luxation, where the lenses in her right eye had spontaneously detached.
Her owners had to make the difficult decision of whether to put Matilda through surgery right away:

After much discussion and consideration, The Lady and The Bearded Man decided with the veterinary ophthamologist’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. … As long as Matilda remained happy and healthy, that was the only thing that mattered.

Though she was “withdrawn and sad” after her left eye followed suit, after a couple of days and some medicated eyedrops to relieve the pain and pressure, Matilda was back to her old self.

“Those days were the hardest ones! It has been life as usual since then,” they wrote.

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GoFundMe started for Matilda’s eye care, including eye drops and the surgery she will need to have eventually, met its fundraising goal and raised over $2,500.

A quarter of the proceeds will also go to animals in need, the page says.

“No matter what happens, her servants think she’s perfect and beautiful and will love and care for her the absolute best way that they can,” her owners wrote, “for however long this little alien is here.”

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