The coolest cat in town! Adorable feline wears sunglasses because of eye condition attracting thousands of fans
A cool cat has become a social media sensation thanks to her need to wear SUNGLASSES.
Adorable Bagel – known to her thousands of followers as Sunglass Cat – was born without any eyelids and is unable to develop tears.
She has had three surgeries to help her condition, but with no eyelids owner Karen McGill has to apply eye drops several times a day.
A decision was also made by Karen, 48, and Bagel’s vet that wearing sunglasses would help protect Bagel’s eyes.
The grey moggy has now grown used to the eyewear, associating wearing them with comfort and protection.
Having the sunglasses – which are lined with stick-on jewels – helps stop debris from going in Bagel’s eyes, which could damage her cornea and lead to blindness.
Every once in a while Bagel will remove her eyewear to allow her to wash, but when out in public, she usually keeps them on, drawing a lot of attention.
Karen, from Los Angeles in California, USA, said: “Bagel is the most loving, gentle, calmest, kindest cat that you’ll ever meet.
“Everyone always wants to touch her as well as hold her.
“They want to stop and talk to me about her sunglasses which I always do since it’s so rare to see a cat in glasses, and I tell them why she’s wearing them as well as her condition.
“People are always amazed at how calm she is.”
Karen puts the number of people who have held Sunglass Cat in the thousands, and by telling them that the grey mog is wearing the glasses for her condition, she hopes to educate people during chats that can last up to 20 minutes.
She adopted Bagel, aged two, when the lovable feline was just two months old, and hopes that her popularity will encourage others to adopt and volunteer to care for special needs animals.
As well as the condition with her eyes, Sunglass Cat also has allergies and cannot regulate her body temperature, which is why she is clothed in some of her Instagram shots.
Karen added: “Animals deserve to be happy in a loving home.
“I didn’t adopt Bagel she probably would’ve been returned and euthanized due to her special needs – I couldn’t fathom Bagel not being here.
“She has touched so many people as well as helped numerous people through situations in their lives.
“As long as I can put a smile on someone’s face, make them have a better day, look at life differently because of our posts, then her Instagram account is successful.”