We’re all acknowledged that the temperature in Siberian, Russia is very harsh not only to humans but also to the animals. It usually drops to severe lows once the winter arrives. Though people are used to the extreme coldness and have prepared for it through the year, not all animals are as resilient. Heartbreakingly, pets with frostbitten paws are not a rare situation in Siberia and unfortunately, most often, that is a death sentence for the poor pooches. However, this cat is lucky enough to have an owner who is willing to fight with him till the end of the road.
Ryzhik is a Ginger Cat (or Redhead in Russian) lost all of his 4 paws in January as temperatures dropped in Tomsk. Its limbs were so severely frostbitten, with gangrene setting in quickly that the vet had no other options but to amputate them.
Ryzhik’s owner didn’t give up and decided to make Ryzhik’s life as comfortable and long as possible. He took Ryzhik to a clinic in Novosibirsk that specializes in implanting artificial limbs.
The cat was fitted with 4 artificial paws there. They used computer tomography and 3D modeling to manufacture limbs that would be most comfortable for the feline.
It is quite impressive that Ryzhik is the first cat in the world to experience such surgeries, in fact, the first cat has all 4 artificial limbs.
Image credits: Vesti Rossiya
It is explained that the cat’s limbs were made of titanium and attached to the bones, the part that is connected to skin and bone is spongy to allow the tissue to grow around it.
There is a footage which shows Ryzhik walking around, going down stairs in his new artificial paws and it is believed that the cat is comfortable with his new modifications; as he showed no difficulties nor trying to remove, shake off the prostheses.
At the first time the kitty is unable to run or walk in confidence, just like the babies on their first walks. However, specialists report that the process takes time, as he will get used to his new paws and walk much easier in the future.
Watch the video about Ryzhik below:
Specialize of surgeon Gorshkov’s clinic is helping animals that have troubles and there are no easy solutions to save them. Attaching new limbs and rebuilding parts like beaks for parrots ad hoofs for cattle are some of the procedures that the clinic does.
We hope that this story about resilient cat will give you extra energy for the upcoming battles. Remember to share with us your cats’ stories to be featured.