Edgar, a 4-year-old female cat (yes, you read that right), is resting comfortably at the Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston after surgery to sew her face back on. Edgar was slashed by a car’s fan belt, apparently while she was huddled under the hood to stay warm.
Edgar went missing from her Winthrop home for a few days last week. When she returned home, her owner found her in her litter box with part of her face dangling from her head. The owner passed out cold. Fortunately, she recovered from the shock and rushed Edgar to the vet.
Miraculously, Edgar didn’t suffer major blood loss and does not appear to have sustained any permanent nerve damage from her accident. She just needed to have her facial skin reattached during an operation that took about an hour. It required about 35 stitches to sew her up and no problems were encountered during surgery. Veterinary surgeon Michael Pavletic said, “she should be fine after this.”
Aside from the skin hanging from Edgar’s face, Edgar seemed normal, according to Elizabeth Kendrick, a surgical technician at Angell Animal Medical Center. “She was purring and sticking her head up so we could pet her,” Kendrick said. “She even tried to chew at her skin. I’d never seen anything like it.”
Pavletic reattached Edgar’s face using about 35 stitches. She came through the hour surgery with no problems, though she looks as though someone punched her in the eye. “She’ll need to take some medicine but I don’t anticipate her having any problems,” Pavletic said.
[PHOTO CREDIT: AP/Steven Senne]