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Bing Crosby's Happy Holiday

Bing Crosby 1Bing Crosby wasn’t just singing “White Christmas” over the holidays; he was also looking to find a home. Bing is a lovely 4 year old, male neutered, black cat that came into the SPCA of Tompkins County in early December. Everyone noticed he was squinting a lot and at first, took it as a compliment that he was winking at them. But, on closer examination it was determined that Bing had bilateral entropion. Entropion is a condition where the eyelids are curled under, allowing the ‘eyelashes’ to rub against the cornea. It can be incredibly uncomfortable and requires surgical intervention. Dr. Putnam, faculty at Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell, took Bing to surgery. In his case, Bing had the upper and lower lids affected on both eyes. Surgery involved removing a section of tissue above the upper lid and below the lower lid, which tightened the skin and allowed the lids to slightly evert. As a result, the hair no longer brushed against his eyes. From the pictures it looks like Bing has some fancy mascara on, but those are just the dissolving sutures from his surgery. Luckily for Bing Crosby he made an adopter swoon and he is now serenading family members in his new home.