The owner of a cat in Nanjing, in the province of Jiangsu, China, has caused great controversy after posting images of her British Shorthaired cat on social media. There is probably nothing wrong with this you may think, except that the cat was recovering from double eyelid surgery! In the pics, the cat appears to have larger eyes, but also looks very lethargic with her eyes still red and swollen from having surgery and stitches.
The plastic surgery procedure carried out on the cat
The Chinese pet owner told doctors that her cat was too ugly and that she wasn’t happy with the shape of the cat’s eyes. She asked for a double-eyelid operation, known as “Asian Blepharoplasty” on the cat. This surgery would add another crease to the skin around the eyelid area. In China, many natives are born with monolids and they believe that surgery to create double eyelids will make them more attractive, as their eyes appear larger. However, is it fair to have this procedure, which means cutting into each of the cat’s eyelids with a scalpel, carried out on an animal?
Chinese pet owner is heavily criticised
The cosmetic surgical procedure cost the woman 10,000 yuan, (around £1100), just because she thinks her cat is too ugly! The blog post, on Sina Weibo, a popular micro-blogging social media site in China, has collected more than 7500 comments. The majority of these remarks criticise the Chinese pet owner for subjecting her cat to this medical surgery and trauma.
Are these plastic surgery practices really necessary?
The Chinese pet industry is booming, with more than 91 million pet owners opting to own a cat or a dog in the country. Many companion pets are enduring surgical routines, just to improve their appearance. Face-lifts, ear cutting and double eyelids are among some of the plastic surgery practices carried out on both cats and dogs. There are risks during the operations and of course, possible reactions to anaesthetic, not to mention the discomfort to the animals.
Beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder – but not at the distress and discomfort of our pets.