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Frostbitten Cat Who Lost All 4 Limbs Becomes First to Get Bionic Paws

Frostbitten Cat Who Lost All 4 Limbs Becomes First to Get Bionic Paws

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A poor orange cat in Siberia was abandoned by his owners and lost all four paws to frostbite.

Luckily for Ryzhik (which is Russian for “Ginger” or “Redhead”), his new owners didn’t give up on him!

Siberian winters are perilously cold (as low as -40ºF).

While most of the humans living in Siberia have acclimated and have appropriate clothing for the weather, many animals cannot withstand such low temperatures.

Unfortunately, frostbite in dogs and cats is not uncommon, and most of the time it leads to the animal dying in the cold or being euthanized.

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One of the Lucky Ones

When his new owners took him to the vet with frostbite, Ryzhik was in bad shape; gangrene had set in to all four limbs.

The vet had no choice but to amputate them.

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But Ryzhik’s story didn’t end there.

His new owner decided he was going to do everything in his power to help Rhyzik walk again, so he took Rhyzik to a clinic in Novosibirsk that specialized in artifical limbs.

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Rhyzik the Bionic Kitty

Using computer tomography and 3D modeling, the clinic outfitted Rhyzik with four artificial paws.

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Surgeon Sergey Gorshkov said that Ryzhik “is definitely the first cat in the world who experienced such surgeries.”

That means that Rhyzik is the world’s first bionic kitty!

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Dr. Gorshkov explained that Rhyzik’s new titanium limbs were attached to the bones.

The part of the titanium limb connected to skin and bone is spongy, allowing the tissue to grow around it.

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Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Rhyzik is still a little unsteady on his new limbs, but the vets at the clinic say that it’s a good sign that he’s not trying to remove them.

It’s Rhyzik’s way of showing that he’s comfortable with the new paws.

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Rhyzik can go up and down the steps, but still doesn’t feel confident with running or walking.

Specialists say, given time, Rhyzik will acclimate to his new limbs and become steadier on his bionic feet.

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Innovation Saves Lives

Dr. Gorshkov’s clinic specializes in helping animals who would normally have no other options.

The clinic continues to pioneer new and innovative methods to give a fighting chance to the animals who need it the most!

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Linda Brubaker

Monday 20th of December 2021

Blessings to all involved in sparing this poor little Angel.

Suzanne Roussel

Monday 15th of March 2021

That is such a heart warming story ❤ so happy they could help him so adorable and sweet precious baby ?

Michael Freitas

Friday 12th of March 2021

It's great that all of these people helped this poor Kitty. Thank You and God Bless All of You for helping Rhyzik and giving him a second chance. Take Care and Thank You ??

Gail N

Friday 12th of March 2021

So inspiring! Thank you to the owner and Dr. Gorshkov and his clinic for giving this cat a chance to live a "normal" life!

Cindy Huggins

Friday 12th of March 2021

This is such a Beautiful & an Amazing Story I just read. Thank- You for Saving this GORGEOUS KITTY'S LIFE. I Honestly had NO idea that You could actually do something Sooo Amazing to A Kitty. That's just the Meowest Coolest Most Neatest Thing EVER.HUGS & KITTY KISSES FROM ME TO THIS GORGEOUS KITTY & THANKS AGAIN FOR SHARING!!!