The Ryzhik cat faced an extreme cold of -40 ° C in January 2019 and was found with frozen paws and gangrene spreading rapidly. Cases like this are normal in the intense winters of Russia, and animals like Ryzhik are usually sacrificed, since the quality of life of the pussy is greatly impaired after amputations. But Ryzhik won the lottery: he was adopted and taken to a clinic specializing in artificial limbs in Novosibirsk, located in Siberia itself.
After computed tomography and a long time with 3D modeling , doctors were able to produce four titanium paws for Ryzhik. “We performed several prosthetic surgeries on the lower and upper limbs. He is certainly the first cat in the world to try these procedures,” said surgeon Serguei Gorshkov. There has been no failure in the implants and the prostheses have several spongy parts so that the animal’s skin and bones can grow around the titanium.
The case is very similar to that of the Oscar cat in 2009. The Jersey pussy, Britain, had its legs pulled off by a harvester and received a pioneering treatment to gain prostheses, which until then were used only by humans.
Ryzhik is adjusting well and, according to the doctors, does not try to pull out the new legs. Although he is clearly incapacitated, the lucky man can move with some skill and his agility increases every day.
The Gorshkov clinic will now be dedicated to helping other animals like Ryzhik. Being on the verge of patenting a technique for prosthetic devices in birds, the experts are working to repair nozzles of various parrots and intend to make caps to protect cows from the cold and rain.