Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Cat's face re-attached by vet after trying to find warmth under hood of car.
Edgar, a 4-year-old long-haired female cat, went missing from its home in Winthrop, Massachusetts, for three days last week. When the cat finally returned, the owner found it sitting in the litter box - with part of its face dangling from its head.
Veterinarians said they believe the injury was caused by a car's fan belt, which the cat might have approached in an effort to stay warm.
"When her owner saw her face, she passed out," said Elizabeth Kendrick, a surgical technician at Angell animal medical centre.
The owner, who asked not to be identified, rushed Edgar to an animal hospital.
Remarkably, Edgar suffered no major blood loss nor any permanent nerve damage from the accident, and veterinary surgeons were able to stitch the facial skin back on during an hour-long surgery.
The pet is expected to make a full recovery.
Besides the skin hanging from Edgar's face, Edgar seemed normal, Ms Kendrick said.
"She was purring and sticking her head up so we could pet her," Ms Kendrick said. "She even tried to chew at her skin. I'd never seen anything like it."