Cat has plastic buttons sewn to its face after dog attack

  

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Via:  sister-mary-agnes-ample-bottom  •  2 weeks ago  •  3 comments

By:   Morgan Rimmer (MSN)

Cat has plastic buttons sewn to its face after dog attack
A 7-month-old kitten named Juicebox could have lost all nine of his lives when his family's dog attacked him. Instead, he was saved by some innovative veterinarians and a handful of plastic buttons.

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Cat has plastic buttons sewn to its face after dog attack

A 7-month-old kitten named Juicebox could have lost all nine of his lives when his family's dog attacked him. Instead, he was saved by some innovative veterinarians and a handful of plastic buttons.

 Juicebox was injured by his canine sibling.

Juicebox was brought to Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston after a playtime with his canine sibling got out of hand. The kitten had a broken jaw as well as serious facial lacerations, which the veterinarians at Angell repaired in a remarkably original way, using four colorful buttons.

"The buttons are attached to wires on both sides of his cheeks. And the buttons hold the sutures in place. But they also hold the jaw in place, so it tracks while he heals," said Rob Halpin, spokesman for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

"It's a fairly novel procedure, and it works really well. And then you end up with a cat that looks adorable while he's healing."

Juicebox will probably get his buttons removed next week, and Halpin says he is already showing his playful side to his foster family.

"He's very social. He's very confident. And you know, he acts no worse for wear," he said. "Younger animals tend to heal a little bit quicker, just like younger humans do."

The lucky cat will need to find a new, dog-free forever family once he has healed. More than 150 families have lined up to adopt him.

If you would like to adopt Juicebox or any of his friends at the MSPCA, you can apply here.

© MSPCA-Angell/ WBZ Juicebox was saved by veterinarians at the Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston 


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Tacos!
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1  Tacos!    2 weeks ago

I don't think I quite understand what the buttons are doing, but is sounds creative.

 
 
 
zuksam
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1.1  zuksam  replied to  Tacos! @1    2 weeks ago

They didn't explain it very well but I think the Jaw is wired and the wires go through his face under the buttons. The buttons I think keep the wires and sutures from becoming ingrown and act like a washer (as in nut bolt washer) spreading the load instead of pinching his face as the wires are under tension. He also has two more under his chin.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
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2  1stwarrior    2 weeks ago

Hell, I'd get the dog to a new house - screw him/her/it/them/whatever it's called.

 
 
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