Boy Bullied for Different Colored Eyes & Cleft Lip Adopts Cat With Same Condition

A 7-year-old boy that was bullied for having two different colored eyes and a cleft lip has found a best friend and soul mate in a shelter cat with the exact same conditions.


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. 

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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


  • Brenda Courtney

    Madden you a beautiful young man. Always remember you are unique and special. My lil bro was born w a cleft lip. As he grew older his scares became almost invisable. Keep smiling and show the world them beautiful eyes.

  • Sandy

    Madden, both you and Moon are beautiful creatures created perfectly by God! Just look how He brought you two together! Your eyes are gorgeous and so are Moon’s! The other commenters are correct… The bullies are JEALOUS because their eyes are not unique and beautiful! Stay blessed!

  • Roshan

    Hi Madden my dad had 2 different coloured eyes,, and he was the best dad ever. You are brave and unique, people are just jealous. I love eyes and I love yours. Eyes are magical.🤗

  • Ronald

    God brings things together for a reason

  • Linda Key

    You and Moon Madden, make a great pair. “Chin up and shoulders back…let’s see what we’re made of!” The 12th Doctor once told Clara in Doctor Who and I know you have been through a lot…Moon is a gorgeous cat. May he bring you loads of happiness and you Madden are perfect the way you are. I was bullied too because of my slow learning disabilities but you are unique and tough guy! But be proud and show those bullies what you’re made of and never be afraid of who you are!

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