Jaxon somehow came down with a case of lockjaw freezing her mouth in a scream

By Kelli Bender
June 22, 2016 07:58 PM
Courtesy of Karlee Trafford

Jaxon’s OMG cat look isn’t an impression, it’s an affliction. 

On Sunday, Karlee Trafford came home to find her cat Jaxon with her mouth stuck open in a screaming expression.

“It was pretty scary actually,” Trafford tells The Dodo. “Her mouth was open all the way. I actually don’t think it could have been opened any wider.”

Trafford massaged the 3-year-old cat’s jaw, but nothing she tried fixed Jaxon’s mouth. Unsure what caused her kitty to go agape, the owner rushed Jaxon, who could still breath, meow and move her tongue, to an emergency clinic. 

The pair waited several hours to see a vet, but when then finally got to an exam room, Jaxon’s mouth fixed itself. Trafford was almost ready to write off the incident as a freak occurrence, but the next day it happened again. 

Courtesy of Karlee Trafford
Courtesy of Karlee Trafford
Courtesy of Karlee Trafford

This time, while at the vet, the staff sedated Jaxon and popped her jaw back into place. Unsure what caused her mouth to get stuck, doctors settled on a rare affliction for cats: lockjaw. 

Like tetanus in humans, lockjaw is most frequently caused by an open wound that becomes infected. But Jaxon showed no other symptoms of tetanus, had no infected wounds, is caught up on vaccines and is an indoor cat, leaving how she came down with lockjaw a bit of a mystery. 

Thankfully, Jaxon doesn’t have to worry about too much. She has been treated and is now back to her normal-mouth self.