Video: A cat who lost all four paws due to frostbite has been given a new lease of life


Video: A cat who lost all four paws due to frostbite has been given a new lease of life

 

After being fitted with 3D-printed prosthetics, a cat who lost all four paws due to frostbite was given a new lease of life.

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While enduring icy conditions, Dymka, a cat from Novokuznetsk, Russia, lost all of her paws and her ears and tail.

Video: A cat who lost all four paws due to frostbite has been given a new lease of life
Her new ‘paws’ are titanium prostheses created using a 3D printer (Image: Kirill Kukhmar/TASS)

Scientists at the Best Veterinary Clinic have now conducted an operation to offer her new paws-titanium prostheses produced using a 3D printer.

This operation was performed only once before, which means that Dymka is the world’s second cat with prostheses on all four limbs

Tomsk Polytechnic University scientists have contributed by applying a calcium phosphate coating to the implants, helping to reliably mount them and minimizing the risk of infection.

Video: A cat who lost all four paws due to frostbite has been given a new lease of life
Seven months ago, Dymka had the paws implanted and adapted to them quickly (image: Kirill Kukhmar / TASS)

The researchers explained in a statement about the operation: “The new front and rear paws of the cat have an individual model which was printed on a 3D printer using titanium.

Video: A cat who lost all four paws due to frostbite has been given a new lease of life

“To reduce the risk of implant rejection by the cat’s body, the TPU scientists applied a microactive calcium phosphate coating through micro-arc oxidation.

“The external parts of the prosthesis are also printed on a 3D printer and made in the shape of cat’s paws.”

 

Video: A cat who lost all four paws due to frostbite has been given a new lease of life
Dymka, a cat from Novokuznetsk, Russia, lost all her paws, ears and tail after undergoing icy conditions (Image: Kirill Kukhmar / TASS)
Video: A cat who lost all four paws due to frostbite has been given a new lease of life
The clinic is now working at rebuilding beaks for parrots, and hoofs for cattle (Image: Kirill Kukhmar/TASS)

Dymka had the paws implanted seven months ago and adapted quickly to them.The researchers added: “The cat leads a full life: she walks, runs, plays and successfully overcomes stairs.” The clinic is now working to rebuild parrot beaks and cattle hoofs


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