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Miracle Cat “Marv” Loses an Eye in Run-in with Car but Survives to Charm his MSPCA-Angell Saviors

Angell Animal Medical Center and Adoption Center Staff Join Forces to Help Sweet-Natured Cat Recover before Adoption

BOSTON, Oct. 11, 2019 – A five-year-old black and white cat now named “Marv” is recovering at the MSPCA-Angell in Jamaica Plain after surgery to remove an eyeball that was hanging from its socket when he was found on the streets of Dorchester on Oct. 4, the organization announced today.

Marv was rushed to the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center by a good Samaritan who found him wandering outside and obviously very badly injured.

Veterinarians at Angell immediately started Marv on pain medicine and speculated that, because he was suffering head trauma—and that his left eye popped out of its socket—he was most likely struck by a fast-moving car.

Marv required IV fluids and cage rest lasting for several days before he was stable enough for the operation to remove his eye.

“The surgery went well and we’re confident that even though he’ll live the rest of his life with only one eye, he’ll adjust just fine,” said Dr. Cynthia Cox of the MSPCA’s Boston adoption center.  “The most important thing to us is that he’s now safe and will soon be in a loving home.”

The Road Ahead for Marv

Fortunately, Marv’s head trauma seems to have resolved on its own as he is no longer exhibiting signs of dizziness or unsteadiness, according to adoption center manager Anna Rafferty-Arnold.

“He’s recovered quite well and his personality has started to emerge now that he’s feeling better,” she said.  “He’s been quite friendly with everyone and we’re going to start assessing shortly how he gets along with other cats and dogs, as that will give us a better feel for the kind of home in which he’ll do best.”

Anyone interested in adopting Marv can email for more information or visit him during open hours.

Marv’s surgery and aftercare was paid for by Spike’s Fund, a special fund that meets the healthcare needs of animals in the MSPCA’s Boston adoption center before they can be placed into new homes.  Click here to learn more about and to support Spike’s Fund.