Vet Helps Cat Save Face After Car Mishap

Reattachment surgery goes smoothly for kitty lacerated by car fan belt
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Dec 10, 2008 4:22 PM CST
Dr. Michael Pauletic performs surgery on Edgar at the medical center in Boston yesterday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Not quite done with her lives, a Boston cat is recovering from what would typically be a fatal encounter with a car, the AP reports. Edgar, a 4-year-old long-haired female, went missing from her home for 3 days last week. When she finally reappeared, part of her face was detached. Her horrified owner promptly passed out, then raced her to a vet, who reattached the face with 35 stitches yesterday.

Remarkably, Edgar suffered neither major blood loss nor any permanent nerve damage from what the vets surmise as an encounter with a fan belt, when she crawled under an automobile for warmth. "She was purring and sticking her head up so we could pet her,"  said a surgical technician. I'd never seen anything like it." Another vet notes that car fan belts usually kill cats instantly.  “She may have problems later,” she notes, “but the cat was saying, ‘I may have lost this life but, by golly, I have eight more.”