The operation was performed at the Rupeng Pet Hospital in Nanjing and is claimed to have cost the woman around 10,000 yuan ( £1,100).
A pet owner who made her cat undergo plastic surgery has been accused of "animal abuse." The pet-owner from China, whose name is not revealed booked an appointment for her pet's facial 'enhancements' because she didn't like the shape of her cat's eyes and thought they were ugly. The grey-colored cat is claimed to have undergone a double-eyelid surgery or Asian blepharoplasty in which a crease is added to the cat's eyelids to create a monolid.
According to Mirror, vets made a cut on each of the cat's eyelids with a scalpel. The media outlet, Jiangsu Television, released disturbing pictures of the cat taken after the surgery. From the pictures, one can see that parts of the cat's fur have been shaved and its eyes are red and swollen. A line of stitches can be seen on each eye.
The operation was performed at the Rupeng Pet Hospital in Nanjing and is claimed to have cost the woman around 10,000 yuan ( £1,100). The hospital staffers say that the double-eyelid surgery is pretty common among dog-owners who do it so their pets can participate in shows.
Anyway, there can be a lot of risks involved with the surgery, especially when performed on cats and it can cause a lot of discomfort to the creatures. Since the report was telecast on Chinese media, the owner has come under significant criticisms, especially on social media.
One user said, "It doesn't even look like the same cat anymore. This is plain torture." Another commented, "I would go as far to say this is animal abuse - complete disregard for the poor cat's feelings." A third one responded, "Completely unnecessary."
Chinese pet owner spends £1,100 on plastic surgery for her cat because she thinks the animal is 'too ugly' https://t.co/XHCvaugI4c— Aɴɪᴍᴀʟ Aᴄᴛɪᴠɪsᴛ (@1Urban_Wolf) February 27, 2019
But it seems like this is not the first time that plastic surgery had been performed on an animal. In 2017, a family from Russia was criticized for making their pet dog undergo plastic surgery to make it look like the dog from the Jim Carrey film, Mask. The vets were asked to surgically lower the dog's ears so that it will resemble Milo, the Jack Russell Terrier dog in the film.
37-year-old Marina Esmat bought the dog for her son paying 20,000 RUB (£280) but realized that its ears have gone straight instead of lying flat. Marina told, "We decided to correct the ears and started looking for a surgeon. We used glue and tape to stick the ears down at first, but nothing helped. The dog, of course, felt no discomfort. As a family, we decided that the ears should be corrected surgically. Doctors tried to talk us out of it."
Rewatching The Mask. Literally the best thing about the whole movie is Milo the dog. pic.twitter.com/2fBilKavSE— Whitney (@witified) January 14, 2017
She further added, "I would like the dog to have pups, but with the ears, we could not find a suitable mate. We also want to participate in competitions. And now everything is fine." The surgeon, Andrey Mezin, said, "The owners appealed to the clinic with a request to lower the dog's ears. We do not believe it is an appropriate operation but they insisted. Surgery was performed, in which the cartilage was damaged, resulting in standing ears now lying flat. The owner strongly insisted because she wanted to 'show' the dog. The dog is absolutely fine." When the video was uploaded on Russian media, users came out to register their concerns. One user commented, "Torturers, for their own benefit are bullying the dog." Another said, "This is so cruel."