Juicebox, a 7-month-old kitten, was unfortunately attacked by his family dog. Luckily, with the help of some plastic buttons, vets were able to nurse him back to health.
Juicebox arrived at the Angell Medical Center in Boston after playtime with the family dog took a turn for the worse. Nearly killed, the kitten was attacked by the family dog, leaving him with a broken jaw, head trauma, and facial lacerations, CNN reports.
With the help of some plastic buttons, veterinarians were able to set the kitten's jaw for adequate healing. "The buttons are attached to wires on both sides of his cheeks. And the buttons hold the sutures in place," Rob Halpin, a spokesperson for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA), said.
"But they also hold the jaw in place, so it tracks while he heals," Halpin continued. "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."
The buttons should be removed next week, and Juicebox is already getting his playful side back. "He's very social. He's very confident. And you know, he acts no worse for wear," Halpin explained.
"Younger animals tend to heal a little bit quicker, just like younger humans do," he continued.
Victoria Odynsky, a manager at the MSPCA's Boston adoption center also released a statement, saying, "He has obviously been through and survived 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."
She continued, "We are relieved that we are able to provide urgent medical care for him, and we're glad to see him recovering so well."
Unfortunately for the family, Juicebox will need to find a dog-free forever home once he is healed. More than 150 families are already on board to adopt the kitten.
Others can apply to adopt Juicebox here.