Cat Born Without Eyes And Teeth

Max

Max, an orange tabby, looks and acts like any normal cat. He grooms himself, tries to get attention from humans, and in general, is a curious cat. And he rules the roost at the Best Friends Animal Clinic in Oregon.

But up close, people who meet Max see that this cat is a bit different. He was born without eyes and teeth.

He was first discovered on a ranch two years ago. He was skittish and ran into inanimate objects.

Committed Alliance to Strays decided to take in Max and care for him. When they first heard about him, they thought he may have been tortured. But a veterinarian determined Max had most likely been born without eyes and teeth and probably a few other internal parts because of a virus his mother had before his birth.

The staff tried to find his owners, but no one stepped up. Dr. Shannon Sierra, the veterinarian who was caring for Max, fell in love with the cat and decided to adopt him.

Sierra said: “At first, I figured he’d survive if he was cared for, but I didn’t know what his quality of life would be like. Then I spent some time with him and realized how well he gets around. He doesn’t know he’s handicapped. He just does what he needs to do and he does it really well. I figured out pretty quickly that I was the only one who was really having any issues.”

Now, two years later, Max works 9-5 alongside Sierra at the clinic. At night, he plays with six other cats, a puppy, and a group of foster kittens at Sierra’s house.

Some of Max’s favorite hobbies are: riding in a car, and racing around and leaping mid-air inside an enclosed area in the backyard. (Sierra has foam wrapped around all of her furniture for Max’s protection.)

This active cat also has a strange love for bales of hay. Perhaps he was born in a barn?

“It’s the weirdest thing. Whenever he gets around hay, you’d think it was catnip. A lot of cats like it but he has this huge attraction to it. He rubs all over it. He’d climb inside it if he could. Makes me think maybe he was raised around straw,” Sierra said.

When people first see Max, they first ask what is wrong with him. When Sierra tells them he was born like that, they sigh and say “poor guy.” But Sierra said if they knew him, they would realize that he is an extremely happy cat.

The executive director of Committed Alliance to Strays added: “There’s a saying we really like that says, ‘Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes?’ With little Maxwell you don’t have to see his eyes. You can feel his soul.”

Source: Mail Tribune

20 Responses to “Cat Born Without Eyes And Teeth”

  1. Mrs. P. says:

    My MayCat was born without eyes and has a few minor deformities in the jaw area. She is the happiest cat I’ve ever seen and the best natured! Thank you, Sierra, for loving Max.

  2. JustMe says:

    Awww, I love happy endings. Looks like Max is there in the waiting room, on duty.

  3. NH says:

    What a beautiful kitty.

    I’m the Mom of a handi-cat myself.

    :)

  4. FrannyMom says:

    What a sweet story — and a nice antedote to the stories of animal cruelty we see. Thanks to Sierra who opened her life and heart to Max — and to everyone out there with a disabled animal who has done the same. Bless you.

  5. ryssee says:

    Very sweet story! :-)
    In particular I just love this quote:
    “He just does what he needs to do and he does it really well. I figured out pretty quickly that I was the only one who was really having any issues.”
    Very nice!

  6. Amanda says:

    Awwww such a cute kitty!!! We would have taken him in as well. No cat whether perfect health or handicapped gets turned away at my house. They are all cute and deserving of a home and love!

    Great story!

  7. Stan says:

    Just this week in our local paper they have a picture of one pet and a list of about four others, for the animal clinic in my town. This photo was of a 3 month old and kitty that also was blind. I already have a 2 cats and a dog in a small house. But I still wanted to go and just hold and play with him! I hope he finds a loving home.

  8. nora says:

    Thank you Dr. Sierra. God Bless you and Maxwell!

  9. kat says:

    I love mr Max…I am a Veterinary tech. and have a happy household of five that nobody claimed or had the money to treat. Tony is my maine coon that was born with Hydrocephalis and extreme entropion but he is now a happy and healthy kitty with the entropion corrected and the hydrocephalis just causes minor problems with agility.

  10. Diane says:

    I am adopting a puppy that was born without eyes.The people who breed the mini aussie dogs were going to put him to sleep.I’ve never seen a dog without eyes and have never seen this dog.But being handicapped is no reason to die.I will do everything to give this dog the best life I can.If anyone has any advice for me please send me a line as I will getting my new puppy in the next 2 weeks.horse4evr@yahoo.com

  11. Michele French says:

    We just adopted an 8 week old kitten born with no eyes.She’s absolutely beautiful,and even at her tender age,and her first day with us,it is amazing to see her wander all thru the house.Any advice wuold be wonderful.We’re lovers of animals.Currently have 3 dogs,so this little precious onewill have lots of love.

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  13. Tessa says:

    Our female cat just delivered a second litter of kittens…..the first were born in April….the second in the end of July……How in the heck is that possible? She was scheduled to be spayed…but my five year old son passed away in a drowning accident and our household is not functioning well at all right now.
    My oldest daughter (13) just brought one of the little ones in to tell me that they had opened their eyes but that this one had puss….I cleaned him well and when I opened the little slits.(they WERE open) I realized that he had NO eyes….either socket. His head is shaped with a “bump” on top, a longer snout than normal, and one of his nostril holes is nearly shut….like a hairlip effect. I dont want to give up on the little fellow so Ive decided to foster it along with his 2 other brothers until its time to find good homes….but I cant think of anyone who would want a kitty like this….it breaks my heart.
    I have two cats inside and a yorkie, a boston terrier outside and three outside cats. I cannot keep anymore with what our family is facing right now. Its enough to keep up with the bills for the pets we currently have. What should I do? Put up fliers? Put him in the paper? We dont have a no kill shelter in Anniston Alabama….they dont even care when animals are mistreated. Dogs chained by the neck to a pole or tree with no room to move, puppy mills. Chicken fighting areanas…..its downright pitiful.
    Whats your advice?
    Tess
    contessanunez@bellsouth.net

  14. Jaci says:

    I feel very blessed and honored to know little Max. I also have fallen in love with him. Afer being around Max you don’t even think of him as being blind. He is an incredible and wonderful cat. Dr. Sierra is the best vet in the world in my eyes. He takes wonderful care of all my kitties. The best thing about Dr. Sierra is that he truly cares. I wish there were more vets like him.

  15. Lynn Berdan says:

    I have just adopted my second blind cat. My first blind cat, Jacob, lost his sight at two weeks of age to illness. A friend found him and brought him to me and I simply could not give up on him. We adopted him and after a long, tough struggle to keep him alive, we realized the sight loss was permanent. But his spirit was resilient…tough little guy. Four years later, he is loving, gentle, sweet and gets around remarkably well, chasing toys down the hall, leaping mid-air to catch a “thing we can’t see”, etc. Unlike Jacob, our new baby, Ludwig, was born without eyes, but apparently no dental problems. Just like Jacob in heart and spirit, playful, joyful, loving and wonderful. I want others to know that a blind cat is not terribly handicapped and can have a terrific, normal life. I am happy to have found this website and wish I was closer to Dr. Sierra. And Max.

  16. Maria says:

    IT IS A SHAME, AND YES THE BLIND AND HURT ONES NEED LOVE MORE THAN SOME PEOPLE KNOW. PEOPLE WHO MISTREAT THEM OR DON’T WANT THEM BECAUSE OF THEIR PROBLEMS ARE SELFISH. i HAVE A NEW DEAF ONE, WE ARE JUST TRYING TO ADJUST TO HER. i HAVE 2 OTHERS. LOVE THEM ALL, THEY ARE MY LITTLE PRINCESSES.

  17. Rex Sladek says:

    My cat Rex was born with Herpies and he suddenly lost his eyesight when he was a baby kitten but he gets along just fine. And he also eats a lot for a blind cat. His eyes are not their right color they are tinted blue because he is blind right now. He can find his food and litter box just fine.

  18. LINDA says:

    WHILE ON AWALK AT WORK I FOUND A KITTEN, IT LOOKED AS IF IT HAD CONJUNCTIVITIS SO I TOOK HIM HOME THINKING I COULD FIX THE PROBLEM AFTER 2 DAYS THE GUNK ON THE EYES WAS GONE BUT I COULD SEE NO EYES, AFTER A VET VISIT FOUND OUT SHE IS BLIND, OTHERWISE SHE IS A WONDERFUL KITTEN WEIGHS 1 LB. AND MY SON AND HIS WIFE HAVE TAKEN HER IN EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE 3 CATS OF THEIR OWN. THEY HAVE NAMED HER LUCKY.

  19. Kristy Somers says:

    Oh yes, if this is the same Dr. Sierra I knew in Las Vegas this kitty has one heck of a dad.

  20. Carole Evans says:

    In my decades of pet ownership, Shannon is the best vet I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing and working with. His compassion and knowledge exceed all others. Those of us in the Las Vegas area were devastated when he decided to relocate to Oregon. We now have a summer home in Indiana so split our time between Las Vegas and Indiana and even between those two states,I have yet to find a vet of his quality. Keep him happy, Medford, as he’s a gem.


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