Cuddle-loving cat keeps his eye on the prize!

Despite being left behind when his previous owner emigrated, eight-year-old Explorer didn’t lose any love for his human counterparts. Dubbed Mayhew’s ‘most affectionate cat’, all this sweet smoocher wanted from the rest of his life was kisses, cuddles, and constant companionship.

Explorer had been searching the streets for his purrfect partner in crime for approximately six months when a member of the public called Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officers. The friendly black and white shorthair played regularly with the lady’s daughter, and she could see that he was desperate for a long-term loving companion.

* When Explorer was first brought into Mayhew, their vets noticed one of his pupils was larger than the other – a condition called Anisocoria. At first, his vision did not seem to be affected, nor did he appear to be suffering from any pain or irritation.

* However, as Mayhew monitored Explorer, they began to record significant ongoing changes in the left eye. Additional ophthalmic exams revealed that his sight was now starting to deteriorate.

* Further tests and diagnostics also showed unusually high levels of calcium in Explorer’s blood.

These sudden changes and abnormal test results indicated the onset of a severely painful eye condition, and Explorer soon began to show evidence of being adversely affected by these developments.

Mayhew’s vets therefore proceeded with surgery to remove the left eye, and their laboratory later confirmed that Explorer had indeed been suffering from Idiopathic Lymphonodular Uveitis – an inflammatory ocular disease that can eventually lead to blindness.

Happily, the surgery went well, and repeat tests revealed that Explorer’s abnormal calcium results rapidly returned to a normal level.

Whilst Mayhew don’t know exactly what caused this common eye disease to flare up, they can say with confidence that Explorer is coping remarkably well with only one eye! He recovered from surgery extremely quickly, and was immediately back up to his old tricks – charming the vet nurses and cattery team into cuddling him at every opportunity.

Being such a cute, confident and companionable cat, it was no surprise to anyone when Explorer found a new home just a short while after being put up for adoption. Despite suffering from abandonment, a stressful six months on the streets and major surgery, he never wavered from knowing his forever family were out there – and he finally got the happily ever after he was so desperate to find.

His new owners love to shower him with affection, and have told Mayhew that Explorer is thriving under unconditional love – chatting away as he is constantly carried around and cuddled. His curiosity knows no bounds, and he considers everyone who goes near him to be his new best friend.

Mayhew work tirelessly to ensure cats like Explorer are able to live their best lives, no matter what. If you think you can provide the purrfect home for one of Mayhew’s less-than-fortunate felines, please visit their Adoption pages here or call 020 8962 8000.

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