For some reason, this Tom Cat was out in -40 temperatures in Siberia, Russia. When found he was almost a popsicle, worse still gangrene had set in on all four paws.
He was due to be put to sleep, but his owners were having none of it. Ryzihik had all four paws removed, his new owners took him to a clinic in Novosibirsk, Russia to have new man-made limbs fitted to where his paws used to be.
Frostbite can be a killer for cats, like this cat who was found almost frozen solid on the roadside by a passing motorist. Luckily he managed to keep all his limbs. But for Ryzihik four new paws were made using 3D modeling and advanced computer tomography, something for cats that is reputed to be a world first.
“The part of the limb that goes inside the body is spongy, the bone tissue grows inside it.”
Ryzhik looks more than a little unsteady on his new feet, however, once he gets used to them he will adapt and be as good as new. The good news is that he hasn’t tried to take them off, which means he has accepted them.
The clinic where all this advanced surgery was carried out is attempting to patent this unique technique.
Not only for cats but limbs for birds, including beaks for parrots. They are also looking into creating hooves for cattle.
You can watch Rhyzik breaking in his new paws here: