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Puss loses four feet to frostbite before vets save her life with 3D-printed prosthetic paws

Chris Ciaccia, February 9, 2020 5:30AM Fox News

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Dymka lost her feet to frostbite before a vet replaced them with 3D-printed prosthetics. Picture: Vetclinicka BEST/YouTube media_cameraDymka lost her feet to frostbite before a vet replaced them with 3D-printed prosthetics. Picture: Vetclinicka BEST/YouTube

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This puss is not in boots, but its own 3D-printed metal paws.

Dymka, a female cat in Russia, has been given a new lease on life after veterinarians performed surgery to replace her front and back-leg paws with 3D-printed prosthetics* made from titanium*.

Veterinarian Sergei Gorshkov worked with researchers from Tomsk Polytechnic* University in Tomsk, Russia to create the metal paws, which were fused* to the cat’s leg bones.

Dymka's limbs were fitted with prosthetics in two seperate procedures. media_cameraDymka’s limbs were fitted with prosthetics in two separate procedures. Picture: Vetclinicka BEST/YouTube

“Dymka became the second cat in the world with prostheses of all four limbs. The cat’s new front and rear paws have an individual model that was printed using titanium on a 3D printer,” the university said in a statement.

Scientists used a special chemical coating to reduce the risk of implant rejection by the cat’s body.

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

Dymka now has full range of motion. Picture: Vetclinicka BEST/YouTube media_cameraDymka now has full range of motion. Picture: Vetclinicka BEST/YouTube

The four-year-old cat was rescued after being spotted in December 2018 on a road in Siberia suffering from extreme frostbite*.

Not only did Dymka lose her paws, but she also lost her ears and tail due to the extreme temperatures.

Dymka is now able to lead a full, normal life, and is able to walk, run, play, and climb stairs.

In 2016, the clinic performed a similar procedure for a male cat known as Ryzhik, who also suffered from frostbite.

This article originally appeared on Fox News and was reproduced with permission.

GLOSSARY

  • prosthetics: artificial body parts
  • titanium: a hard silver-grey metal
  • polytechnic: an institution of higher education
  • fused: joined or blended
  • frostbite: injury to body tissues caused by exposure to extreme cold

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  1. What are the cat’s new paws made from?
  2. How did it lose its original paws?
  3. How many other cats have four metal paws?
  4. Which university helped create the paws?
  5. Why did scientists use a special chemical coating on the paws?

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