Ryzhik lost all his paws due to frostbite in Tomsk, Siberia. She is now learning to walk again after being fitted with specially designed titanium implants.
The abandoned pet had to have all its paws amputated due to gangrene after suffering punishing frostbite in his city of Tomsk, Siberia where temperatures dropped to minus 40°c.
Normally cats in Russia are put down if they suffer the same fate as Ryzhik. But a clinic in Novosibirsk fitted the new bionic paws using sophisticated computer tomography and 3D modelling.
Vet Sergey Gorshkov boasted: “He is definitely the first cat in the world who experienced such surgeries. The limbs have fully connected with the skin and bone. The part of the limb that goes inside the body is spongy, the bone tissue grows inside it. We achieved a good result.”
Ryzhik – meaning redhead or ginger in Russian – is not trying to remove the limbs, indicating he is content with his new mobility.
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