Bullied Boy and Cat Born With Same Rare Eye Condition and Cleft Lip Become Best Friends

April 16, 2019 Updated: April 21, 2019

When this boy’s mom saw a rescued cat that had the same rare condition as her young son, she instantly knew the cat was destined to become part of their family. It would be a way of showing her son he had something to embrace, not shrink away from.

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Madden Humphreys, 8, was born with bilateral cleft lip and palate. He also has a rare eye condition that has given him two different-colored eyes. The little boy has had six surgeries for his cleft palate, with many more to come in the future.

Then, one day in 2018, Christina, Madden’s mother, saw a photo of a cat with a condition similar to her son’s. When she found that the kitty was up for adoption, she tracked it down, and the family set off to make the little feline a part of their life.

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“Moon, the kitty, and Madden are the perfect companions for each other,” Christina wrote in her post submitted to Love What Matters. “Moon helps Madden realize that being born unique is an incredible thing; that he is magic.”

“It sounds silly, but fate willed these two together. There’s no other explanation,” she said.

“Everyone needs a friend, and everyone needs to feel understood. I’m so thankful Madden has Moon.”

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Often, Madden’s unusual appearance causes other kids to be unkind to him. So in 2017, his mother took the matter into her own hands.

She encouraged Madden to make a video explaining his condition and suggesting to others that they should have compassion and kindness.

In the video, Madden proudly says: “Don’t be mean to other people that are different. We’ve already been through a lot of hard stuff. Show everybody kindness! You’re missing out on a lot of awesome people if you’re being a poophead to them. If somebody’s being mean to you, be nice to them. Because the most unlovable people need love the most.”

“The only thing we can do is try to change our perception on bullies, and try to change the way it affects us,” Christina wrote. “Unfortunately, there will probably always be an unkind person that we’ll encounter. It will always sting and hurt, but we can’t control other people’s behavior, so we will just try our best to change our own mindset.”

The June 2017 video went viral, and there were plenty of positive comments.

“I see no reason why anyone would bully Madden because of his eyes, in my opinion his eyes are unique and absolutely beautiful,” said one Facebook user.

“I believe his confidence will soar as he grows up and more and more people will appreciate and compliment his eyes,” said another one.

We drove from Oklahoma to Minnesota this weekend, to get the kitty Madden has named Moon. We had quite a few incredibly…

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Madden and Moon are sure to share many precious moments together.

“They were destined to be best friends. Funny how a pet can make you feel less alone,” said Christina.

This beautiful story of fate reminds us to help support anti-bullying and to be kind to all our fellow beings, humans or non-humans.

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