Cat has buttons hooked up to face throughout ‘novel’ surgical procedure after canine assault

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BOSTON, MA (WBZ) – A 7 month old cat named Juicebox is lucky enough to be alive after a dog attack last month. Following what has been described as “novel but highly effective,” Juicebox has now placed four plastic buttons on his face to aid in healing his injuries.

The cat was taken to the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center on January 20 following the attack. The orange cat suffered head trauma and was diagnosed with multiple jaw fractures, cuts, and damage to the roof of the mouth.

After the operation, two plastic buttons were attached to the Juicebox’s cheeks and two under his chin. They are used to hold sutures and stabilize his jaw. The buttons stay in place for 4 to 6 weeks and are then completely removed.

Juicebox owners made a difficult decision to give the cat away so it could be moved to a new home without dogs.

“He’s obviously gone through severe trauma and survived, but he quickly adjusted to the sutures that limit the use of his jaw and still remained an outgoing, playful and genuinely friendly cat,” said Victoria Odynsky, manager at Said That MSPCA Adoption Center in Boston. “We are relieved to have urgent medical attention for him and we are pleased that he is recovering so well.”

Medical bills for Juicebox treatment exceed $ 2,000. Anyone wishing to donate to offset the cost can donate through the MSPCA website.

The organization said there is currently “growing interest” in pet adoption in Massachusetts.

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