Nigel, a little ginger cat found near a dumpster in Boston, has gained quite some popularity since the day he was rescued. As his very own Instagram nickname – NoNoseNigel – simply explains, this special kitten does not have a nose. “What I lack in nose I make up for in spunk!” his profile says. But now, under the care of MSPCA, Nigel is not only regaining his strength and getting ready to have a new home –  he also has just undergone a reconstructive surgery!

Little Nigel was rescued in July 2017 and was missing a section of his nose and upper lip – likely from some form of trauma.


Since then, he stayed with foster families and at the MSPCA until he was big enough to undergo the surgery.

Now, the NoNoseNigel nickname is no longer really accurate. Nigel’s reconstructive surgery turned out to be a success!

The surgery was carried out on November 2, 2017, at the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center. The kitty’s snout was reconstructed by Mike Pavletic who used the technique of sliding the remaining left and right parts of the animal’s lip forward, reports.

“We’re happy to report that Nigel is out of surgery and his nose and face are gonna look a whole lot better,” MSPCA-Angell wrote on Facebook. Now, Nigel is recovering after the procedure – and getting used to his new self.



Thanks to the dedication of his rescuers and carers, Nigel had the chance to not only begin his life all over again safely away from the streets but also have a life-changing surgery on his little face. Now, all that he needs to be fully happy is, of course, the best forever home there is.

If you are interested in adopting Nigel, contact MSPCA at [email protected].

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All image source: NoNoseNigel/Instagram & MSPCA-Angell/Facebook