Here’s what Nigel, the kitten without a nose, looks like after the surgery to fix his face

He may have to rethink the nickname “No Nose Nigel.”

Photo of No Nose Nigel After Surgery
MSPCA's Dr. Sarah Carter holds Nigel the kitten in the recovery area after his surgery. –MSPCA-Angell

The kitten known as “No Nose Nigel” may have to change his username on Instagram.

The young orange cat underwent successful reconstructive surgery Thursday at the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center to fix his face, which was missing a significant portion of his upper lip and nose.

Mike Pavletic, head of surgery at MSPCA Angell, used a technique he developed — sliding the remaining left and right parts of Nigel’s lip forward — to close the kitten’s face and reconstruct his snout.

“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.

No Nose Nigel After His Surgery
Nigel rests after his surgery. —MSPCA-Angell
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No Nose Nigel After His Surgery

The stray feline was rescued in July and has been staying with foster families and at the MSPCA until he was big enough to have the procedure. He’s racked up more than 2,000 followers on Instagram, who’ve been kept up to date through his ordeal. 

MSPCA-Angell said Friday they expect Nigel will be ready to be adopted in “the next week or so.”

“If you haven’t already, and you’re interested in him, do email adoption@mspca.org,” the animal nonprofit said.

What exactly caused Nigel’s face to fall off just a week after he arrived at the shelter isn’t known, though Pavletic said he thinks it had to have been trauma of some kind.