According to Madden's mother, Christina Humphreys, Madden was often bullied in school because of his cleft palate and complete heterochromia iridum — a rare condition that causes his eyes to be two different colors. Only one percent of the world’s population is affected.
Humphreys wrote that for a while, the bullying really affected Madden; it seemed to break his spirit. So when she saw a photo of the cat with a cleft lip and heterochromia on a Facebook community group of mothers of children with cleft lip and palate, Humphreys knew immediately that the cat was meant to be a part of their family.
The only issue? The special kitty was at a shelter in Minnesota and Madden and his family lived in Oklahoma. But thanks to a few friends that helped fund a road trip to bring Moon and Madden together, the family was soon on the road to Minnesota!
"We’re usually not spontaneous people," Humphreys writes. "But we knew that we were meant to love this kitty."
Since bringing Moon home, Madden and his special friend have been inseparable.
“It sounds silly, but fate willed these two together. There’s no other explanation,” Christina said. “Everyone needs a friend, and everyone needs to feel understood. I’m so thankful Madden has Moon."
“Funny how a pet can make you feel less alone,” she told blogging site Love What Matters. “Moon helps Madden realize that being born unique is an incredible thing; that he is magic.”
You can follow Madden and Moon's story on their Instagram!