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Cleyed the Cyclops, One Eyed Bengal Kitten's Short Life

Irene Hoyle DeHaan operates of Absolute Angels Bengals, a small in-home breeding cattery in Sacramento, CA. One of her cats had trouble with a delivery last week and was brought to the vet for a c-section delivery. Everyone in the room was shocked to find that the second of three kittens was a rare cyclops birth, with a giant eye centered on its face and no nose. The baby lived only a short time. The family made a video of the unusual little animal as Mama kitty was still delivering the third kitten from her litter.

Absolute Angels wrote this introduction to their video of little Cleyed, whose life was over practically as soon as it had begun:

We have a Bengal cat that was pregnant and only a day past here due date. On Thursday October 4th 2012 I brought her into our vet and I am SO Glad that I did, We have an amazing veterinarian who did the C-Section procedure and if she didn’t….. Mamma Kitty would be dead now.

All of us in the operating room experienced a VERY RARE once in a lifetime (Hopefully) kitten births. To start off, both horns of the uterus were twisted together THREE times. After untwisting the horns our veterinarian started the surgery and she removed the first baby, the baby was handed to me and I started drying her off. A vet tech came in and I handed her the first baby and got the second kitten that our vet removed….

WOW!!!! He floored me, I was in shock as I have only seen a picture of a Cyclops kitten like this ONCE ever… and that was on the internet. He was born alive and survived only a short time. This was a horribly sad experience, but very intriguing to us all.

A short bit after Cleyed was delivered, the third baby was removed and she was a beautiful healthy baby.

Mom and the two girls are doing WONDERFUL……

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    October 11, 2012 7:58 amPosted 2 years ago

    One of the reasons why I will never get a pet from a breeder. Couldn’t watch the video. Seems wrong to video his tragedy when inbreeding was probably the cause. JMHO.

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      October 11, 2012 9:52 amPosted 2 years ago

      “Like” your comment :)

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    October 11, 2012 9:52 amPosted 2 years ago

    Shame on you for breeding cats and earning profit. Can’t help but think this outcome is likely the result of overbreeding. Poor little fella.

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    October 11, 2012 10:22 pmPosted 2 years ago

    Funny you judge me and don’t know anything about me….

    All of our Kittens get vet checked, vaccinated and spayed OR Neutered before going home. Mama kitty had a litter in January of 2012. She was NOT closely in-bred OR Over bred.

    PROFIT????? HaHa Funny

    Some times I don’t even make wages for all the work that I do. My cats are very loved and we actually offer to PAY for a domestic cat / kitten adoption from any local shelter to give their Bengal a buddy…..

    At a cat show earlier this year my husband and I BOUGHT six domestic kittens that were all darker in color and much harder for the shelters to place. We placed all six in loving homes.

    We have worked with a local rescue………

    If you go to the pounds they are flooded with domestic cats that some bastard wanted to see their children witness birth, or someone who just did not care about altering their pet and would not deal with the consequences so mom and babies go to the pound….

    I LOVE MY BREED and what I do. I enjoy taking my babies to cat shows and bettering my line, I LOVE cats Please Don’t slam me for what others do. Irresponsible, unethical people and breeders make the one’s who truly “TRY”look like horrible people……

    Take care

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      October 22, 2012 4:16 pmPosted 2 years ago

      Well said Irene! <3

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    October 15, 2012 10:05 pmPosted 2 years ago


    You are a wonderfully responsible pet advocate and breeder. There are so many people who do buy a pure bred thinking they will breed it for lots of money, and know little of the work and care needed to do so. Their heart isn’t in it, only greed. There will always be a demand and love for purebred cats, I sleep better knowing there are breeders like you out there and not just greedy, germ infested cat and puppy mills. People need to be realistic and not be so quick to judge.


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