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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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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