Seven months ago, Dymka was found on the side of a road in Novokuznetsk, a city in southwestern Siberia with very little chance of survival.
Her four legs were badly frostbitten, leading vets to decide they need to amputate. Luckily for Dymka, the vets had decided to make titanium replacements, so she could still be mobile despite her disability.
This operation was done by vets from the BEST Veterinary Clinic, with scientists of Tomsk Polytechnic University contributing a calcium phosphate coating to the implant. These prosthetics were implanted into the bone, with the calcium phosphate coating helping the body to accept the foreign objects. All four paws were printed using a 3D printer, in the shape of cats paws.
Dymka is the second cat in the world to receive a replacement for all four paws, the first being a ginger named Ryzhiy.
It is not uncommon for cats to suffer frostbite during the bitter Siberian cold, with between five and seven dying annually.
Since Dymka’s surgeries, she “leads a full-on life,” having regained the ability to walk, run, and even successfully managing to navigate stairs.