Experiencing a century surgery, an adorable cat finally rescued from severe frostbite. The world first treatment has seen all his limbs replaced with titanium feet. It is an incredible step in the world of veterinary science and could prove crucial to future advancements.

His sad story began in the cold night when , frostbite comes on quickly and Ryzhik – the poor cat was abandoned outside in Siberia. It is undeniable fact that winter in Siberia is so fierce that people rarely be outside too long.

He was abandoned outside when the temperature was negative, which made all four of the cat’s paws had frostbite in the following morning. This night, the temperature decreased at -40C. These temperatures caused frostbite and gangrene on the cat’s feet.

A good Samaritan found Ryzhik and rushed him to the vet. The vet told the good Samaritan—who later adopted Ryzhik—that there was nothing they could do to save his paws. But the vet said there was another option—they could give him prosthetic limbs. Fortunately, he was quickly adopted and  his new owners took him to a specialist clinic in Novosibirsk with the hope of saving him. Ryzhik’s new owner agreed to the surgery, and the vets began preparing Ryzhik’s new prosthetic limbs.

The vets used 3D modeling to create a custom set of prosthetic limbs that would be perfect for Ryzhik. The limbs are made of titanium. The amazing technique has saved this cat’s life. 

In the end, the surgery was a success! The vet who did the surgery, Sergey Gorshkov, said Ryzhik was the only cat in the world who had four prosthetic limbs. Gorshkov carefully monitored him for any signs of discomfort. But, things are looking even better for Ryzhik and his bionic paws. Vets say that he is a little unsteady, but is getting used to the paws. Also, he hasn’t tried to take them off which is a great sign. We all know about cats and stitches.

Thanks to the operation team effort, Ryzhik recovered from his surgery! We’re so glad this cat got the help he needed. After Ryzhik woke up from the surgery, Gorshkov took him outside and had him try to walk. He shared a video of the cat’s first wobbling steps on Instagram.

“He is definitely the first cat in the world who experienced such surgeries,” Gorshkov said. “The limbs have fully connected with the skin and bone. The part of the limb that goes inside the body is spongy, the bone tissue grows inside it. We achieved a good result. We have secured the function of the limb, although part of it has been removed.”

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