A Russian veterinarian Sergei Gorshkov surgically implanted four titanium prosthetic paws on an injured cat who had lost her paws due to amputation from frostbite. The precious feline patient was a 4-year-old cat named Dymka who was brought to the vet’s attention by a local university.
To start, Gorshkov took CT scans of Dymka’s legs as a model for the titanium legs, which were then 3D-printed and surgically attached to her stumps. The amputated kitty-turned bionic cat’s transformation was completed with aesthetically paw-like black “feet” with a grip on each end.
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As with any prosthetic, it initially took some time for Dymka to get used to the concept of walking. The poor thing, who clearly loves affection, had only been able to lie on the floor and receive pets from the veterinary staff. Dymka isn’t the first cat to ever receive bionic paws, however. A male cat named Ryzhik, who had also lost his paws from frostbite, reportedly received the same surgery at the same clinic.