No, thankfully this isn’t some new gross animal abusive “fad”. This shocking tale of the kitten with buttons sewn onto his face is actually what was done to HELP save his life. Because after being attacked by the family dog at his home in Boston, his injuries would have claimed his life.
But just how and why are there now buttons sewn onto his sweet little ginger face?
The seven month old kitten named Juicebox was surrendered to a local rescue after the horrendous injury. The family was heartbroken but knew that the young kitten would need to live in a home without dogs.
But staff and surgeons knew that they were going to have to get creative to help the youngster. And boy did they ever! Used only once before, they chose to go with 4 novelty buttons.
The rescue later told the local news station:
The cat was rushed to MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center on January 20 after the attack. The orange cat suffered head trauma and was diagnosed with multiple jaw fractures, cuts, and damage to the palate in the roof of his mouth.
Two plastic buttons were attached to Juicebox’s cheeks and two below his chin following the surgery. They are put in place to hold sutures and stabilize his jaw.
The buttons will also prevent the sutures from cutting or digging into his skin along the delicate areas. They will be removed after about a month and a half of healing.
For now, Juicebox’s being cute as a button at his foster home.
Sorry, had to.
But he should have the buttons removed towards the end of February and is healing well.
“He has obviously been through and survived a serious trauma, but he has adapted quickly to the sutures that limit the use of his jaw and, through it all, he’s remained an outgoing, playful and really friendly cat,” Victoria Odynsky, manager at the MSPCA’s Boston adoption center, said.
Most importantly, there seems to be NO shortage of homes that are willing to open their doors to Juicebox. Because the center has received about 150 applications so far!
I’d go with the family that will kiss those button scars everyday.
Congratulations to Juicebox on his recovery! And thank you to the surgeons for their quick thinking. Most importantly, thank you to the family for getting him the care and future that is best for him, even if the decision was heartbreaking. <3
Photos property of MSPCA Boston
REMEMBER: ADOPT, DON’T SHOP; FOSTERING SAVES LIVES & SPAY AND NEUTER!