Lifestyle Pets No Nose Nigel the Cat's Unique Face Is Winning Hearts on Instagram The 5-month-old kitten recently underwent surgery to reconstruct his face and will soon be available for adoption By Kelli Bender Kelli Bender Kelli Bender is the Pets Editor for PEOPLE Digital and PEOPLE magazine. She has been with the PEOPLE brand for more than eight years, working as a writer/producer across PEOPLE's Lifestyle, Features, and Entertainment verticals before taking on her current role. Kelli is also an editor on PEOPLE's Stories to Make You Smile and serves as an editorial lead on PEOPLE's World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest and Pet Product Awards. Before joining PEOPLE, Kelli helped AOL and Whalerock launch a pet lifestyle site called PawNation. She is a pet parent to a cat named Wallace, and her professional and personal devotion to animals has taken her to three dog weddings ... so far. People Editorial Guidelines Published on November 3, 2017 02:38 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: No Nose Nigel/Instagram Meet Nigel. You might notice something is missing. But what this 5-month-old kitten lacks in facial features he makes up for with purrsonality. In July, Nigel, then just six weeks old, was found discarded near a dumpster in Dorchester, Massachusetts, by a Good Samaritan. The kitten was malnourished, dirty and in desperate need of medical help. He was taken to the MSPCA-Angell for treatment. Shortly after arriving at the facility, a part of Nigel’s face fell off, reports Boston.com. Yes, you read that right. “His nose and much of his face seemed discolored but that appeared to be a standard infection for which we started him on pain medicine and antibiotics,” MSPCA adoption center manager Alyssa Krieger said in a statement about Nigel’s arrival. “We were shocked to discover later just how seriously injured Nigel was.” No Nose Nigel/Instagram While the shelter isn’t certain what led to Nigel’s shocking injury, the feline likely suffered some kind of trauma during his short time on the streets. Can’t get enough of cats, dogs and other furry friends? Click here to get the cutest pet news and photos delivered directly to your inbox. “Unfortunately, this little stray cat got into something,” Mike Pavletic, head of surgery at the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center, told Boston.com. “It could have also been bitten in the face, sustained serious injury, gotten infected, and then a different part of the lip and part of the nose just became devitalized.” No Nose Nigel/Instagram MSPCA didn’t let that missing piece stop them from helping Nigel. For the past few months, the shelter has been caring for the kitten, fostering him out to a loving home and preparing him for facial surgery. The shelter has kept track of Nigel’s progress and hijinks on an Instagram they created for the kitten, who they affectionately call No Nose Nigel. It isn’t just the shelter that is smitten; Nigel has over 2,800 followers on Instagram. Handsome Cat and Climber Duo Camp Across the World in One Sleeping Bag Nigel isn’t bothered by his absent snout either. The shelter says that he acts just like any other kitten. He loves to play hard and cuddle harder, and can often be found curled up on a lap or pouncing on a toy mouse. Difficulty eating and drinking, is the only real complication Nigel has from his injury, and even this will soon be a thing of the past. On Thursday, Nigel, now healthy and healed, underwent the 2-hour surgery he had been waiting for. “Dr. Pavletic surgically reconstructed Nigel’s face using nearby tissues and has gotten Nigel to as close to having a normal face as is possible.The surgery went very well and Nigel has been doing well in recovery,” MSPCA-Angell spokesman Rob Halpin told PEOPLE in an email. No Nose Nigel/Instagram Nigel will stay at the hospital for the next couple days so Dr. Pavletic can monitor’s the kitten’s recovery process. If this little cat that could continues to show the same strength as he has over the past four months, he should be ready to go to a forever family in just a few weeks. No Nose Nigel/Instagram The shelter is currently looking for the perfect home for Nigel. Since Nigel is still young and well socialized by his foster family, he should fit in to almost any household willing to keep an eye on his injury and shower him with love. Those interested in bringing Nigel home can reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.