The energy that drives us to help and understand feelings of any living being is called empathy, it’s a blessing to have such an ability which most people lack. An empathetic person would be devastated to see the limbs of an animal amputated. However, it can often be the kindest thing to do if it’s had an accident or is unwell.

During freezing temperatures of -40F in Siberia, an abandoned little cat lost all four paws to frostbite. When the feline Ryzhik was discovered, the frostbite had caused gangrene and unfortunately, his paws could not be saved.

Vet Sergey Gorshkov and his team used sophisticated computer programming and 3D modeling to achieve what is being considered the world’s first bionic cat limbs. He explains, “He is definitely the first cat in the world who experienced such surgeries. The limbs have fully connected with the skin and bone.”

Cat Ryzhik and his four artificial paws

The clinic is happy to report that there was no implant failure. Vet Gorshkov explains “The part of the limb that goes inside the body is spongy, the bone tissue grows inside it.” The skin successfully grew together with bone and into the titanium.

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