A cute cat has been fixed with a new set of titanium feet after losing the original ones to frostbite.
Ryzhik, abandoned by its previous owners, went out in Siberia in -40 degrees Celsius. This led to a disease called gangrene because of which he had to get his paws removed.
Usually, in such injuries, the cats are put to sleep. However, the new owners of this adorable little cat were uncompromising.
The owners took the tom to a clinic in Novosibirsk, Russia, in order to get new artificial limbs fitted.
The creation of paws took place using computer tomography and 3D modeling and is considered the world’s first.
The cat’s veterinarian, Sergey Gorshkov, said that the cat was first to experience such a surgery. The artificial limbs have now completely connected with the bone and skin.
He added that the bone tissue grows inside the sponge and this sponge is a part of the limb that goes inside the body. He also claimed that the surgeons attained a good result.
Even though Ryzhik is a little unsteady on his feet currently, doctors believe that he will soon be comfortable and will find walking easier. The vets have also stated that since the cat has not yet tried to remove his new paws, he is content about the whole thing.
The clinic where the surgery took place is now trying to find a way to attach artificial limbs to birds and is working on techniques to rebuild hooves for cattle and beaks for parrots.
Earlier in 2019, a cat in the US survived a brush in extreme weather conditions when she was found buried in the snow.
Fluffy’s owners found him unresponsive in Montana in February, 2019, where the weather dropped to -8-degrees Celsius. She was then rushed to a local animal clinic where after a lot of thriving, they were able to save her life.
Fluffy’s furs were matted with huge clumps of ice. The cat was warmed for hours using warm water and blankets until she came to her senses.
This was another success story that made everyone’s day.
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