A cat’s reaction to having his nose fixed has melted hearts online, after a clip shared by his veterinarian went viral on social media.
The video, shared on TikTok on November 8, under the username Dr.andreeahueci, shows the Scottish fold changing its facial expression after realizing it could breathe properly after the nose surgery.
Known as Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome, it refers to the medical term given to various upper airway problems found in short-nosed, flat-faced cat breeds.
According to Pet MD, a brachycephalic breed, those with a short and broad head, may experience partial obstruction of the upper airway due to physical characteristics such as narrowed nostrils, an overly long soft palate, or collapse of the voice box (larynx).
Dr. Robert Gonzalez, regional medical director for Small Door Veterinary in New York City, told Newsweek that the surgery is safe and is recommended for cats who are not able to breathe well through their nose.
The surgery involves general anesthetic risks including possible post-operative gastrointestinal upset, post-operative constipation, and potential kidney injury due to low blood pressure.
Gonzalez said: “A good veterinary nurse will be able to prevent and manage blood-pressure issues while the patient is under anesthesia.”
Other risks include short-term inflammation of the nose or throat due to surgery, which will improve over time. There is also a very low risk of anesthetic-related death, which is a possibility with any anesthetic procedure but is very rare.
According to Gonzalez, short-nosed cats with this problem that are not fixed may struggle with upper respiratory infections or upper airway obstructions, causing acute breathing difficulty, which could lead to death if untreated.
The viral clip quickly attracted animal lovers from across the platform, receiving more than 1.4 million views and 183,800 likes so far.
One user Dontaskmyname wrote: “Never mix Scottish fold with Schottish fold. Pure breed can come out from British shorthair and Scottish fold mix and its healthy.” And Nika commented: “if pugs and French bulldogs were a cat.”
Dianne posted: “If I read its eyes well, it looks kinda conscious of the change.” And yander chan 2002 added: “the looks a bit surprised at [the] end it’s like omg I don’t make a noise.”
Another user Momo&Appa wrote: “My name. My name is Bella Hadid,” while shrimp_lover_12 commented: “Bro can smell colors now.” Sxnorr_47 added: “Human’s most well-known responsibility.”
Hailey commented: “Not the only issue, they have weak cartilage (hence folded ears) which causes pain throughout their bodies.” And lilith posted: “Oh my god thank you for helping him/her. My pug had the same surgery as soon as he was strong enough for it.”
Angel_wings wrote: “My cat has the same health issues and I wish to help him in my country they don’t have a cure or such a thing.”
Newsweek reached out to Dr.andreeahueci for comment. We could not verify the details of the case.
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