This Russian Cat Is The First To Have Bionic Paws

Cats really do have 9 lives. Ryzhik the tabby cat thought he was facing his certain end when he was found in Tomsk in the middle of January in the -40C cold. His limbs were so frostbitten and gangrenous that they had to be amputated.

Thanks to surgeons at an animal clinic in Novosibirsk, what would have been an otherwise life-threatening injury has given Ryzhik a new lease on life as the world’s first bionic-footed cat. These boots are definitely made for more than just walking.

From The Cold To The Cutting Edge

cat posing with bionic paws
Photo Credit: Anna Liesowka / Youtube
Photo Credit: Anna Liesowka / Youtube

Ryzhik’s sleek paws were generated using tomography and 3D modeling. Replacing his frostbitten paws are customized feet designed to mimic the weight distribution and mobility of a cat’s foot.

Surgeon Sergey Gorshkov states that the feet work and grow with the cat. “The limbs are fully connected with the skin and bone,” Gorshkov explains. “The part of the limb that goes inside the body is spongy, and the bone tissue grows inside it.”