No, thankfully this isn’t some new gross animal ᴄʀᴜᴇʟᴛʏ ‘fashion’. The shocking story of the kitten with buttons sᴇᴡɴ on its face is actually what was done to help save the kitten’s life. Because after being attacked by the family dog at his home in Boston, his ɪɴᴊᴜʀɪᴇs could take his own life.
The seven-month-old kitten, named Juicebox, was handed over to a local rescue team following ʜᴏʀʀɪꜰɪᴄ injuries, the orange tabby with a ʙʀᴏᴋᴇɴ jaw and “serious ʟᴀᴄᴇʀᴀᴛɪᴏɴs to his face“. The family is heartbroken but knows the kitten will need to live in a dog-free home.
But the staff and sᴜʀɢᴇᴏɴs knew they would have to get creative to help. After Angell vets successfully operated on the kitten, they sᴇᴡᴇᴅ four buttons – two on the face and two on the kitten’s face button under the chin – to hold the sᴛɪᴛᴄʜᴇs in place and stabilize its jaw.
Buttons are attached to the strings on either side of his cheeks. And the buttons hold the sᴛɪᴛᴄʜᴇs in place. But they also hold the jaw in place, so it will watch while it heals. They will be removed after about a month and a half of healing.
It’s a fairly novel procedure, and it works great. And then you end up with a cute looking cat while it’s recovering.
Juicebox is currently in the care of a foster family with experience taking care of pets with medical needs, he was unbuttoned at the end of February and is recovering well.
She clearly went through and survived a serious ᴛʀᴀᴜᴍᴀ, but it adapted quickly to the sᴛɪᴛᴄʜᴇs that limit the use of her jaw and, after all, she is still an outgoing cat, playful and really friendly, she said. “We are relieved to be able to provide emergency medical care to him and are pleased to see him recovering so well.” Victoria Odynsky, manager at MSPCA’s Boston adoption center.
Most importantly, there doesn’t seem to be a shortage of homes ready to open their doors for Juicebox. Because up to now the center has received about 150 applications!
I will go with my family, who will kiss those button scars every day.
Congratulations Juicebox on the recovery! And thanks to the sᴜʀɢᴇᴏɴs for their quick thinking. Most importantly, thank you to his family for giving him the best care and future, even if the decision was heartbreaking. <3