Meet the Bionic Russian Cat With Titanium Paws
Sat, April 10, 2021

Meet the Bionic Russian Cat With Titanium Paws

 

During winter, many animals are at their vulnerable state, particularly cats. A team of veterinarians at the Novosibirsk clinic typically treats five to seven cats with frostbite. While this seems easy to manage, frostbite injuries could require amputation in the worst-case scenarios. And this was the case for a stray cat that was brought by a woman to Russian veterinarian Sergei Gorshkov’s clinic in 2018. 

 

 

Credits: All That's Interesting

 

Gorshkov stated that frostbite in animals is a real problem in Siberia. This particular cat had her tail, both ears, and all her paws amputated after suffering severe frostbite in multiple parts of her body. She had been caught in the frigid Siberian weather for too long. “There are two likely scenarios: Either she ran away or she fell out of the window,” the vet said.

 

 

Credits: All That's Interesting

 

The cat was named Dymka, a Russian word for “mist.” To replace her paws, Gorshkov teamed up with engineers and researchers from the Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) to create special titanium-based prosthetics for Dymka. In a statement, TPU stated that the procedure, which happened in July 2019, was carried out in two phases. She received her first set of titanium prosthetic paws for her front legs and then received her hind legs. By December that year, Dymka had fully recovered and adjusted to the paws.

 

 

Credits: Popular Mechanics

 

According to All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, the titanium-based prosthetics were created using computerized tomography. It scanned Dymka’s legs to create a 3D model which was then printed out using a 3D printer. But, Dymka is not the first cat to receive prosthetics for all four paws. The Novosibirsk clinic carried out a similar operation on a male cat named Ryzhik in 2016. Just like her, Ryzhik had suffered severe frostbite to all four of his paws and required amputation.

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