Kitty gets a new lease on life
A three year-old cat named Vincent is up and mobile now, thanks to two titanium prosthetic legs. Veterinary orthopedic surgeon Mary Sarah Bergh designed and implanted the titanium legs, and says that Vincent is doing quite well in post-op.
Vincent was born in rural Nevada without hind legs. He was abandoned as a kitten, found and taken to a local shelter which was planning to put the kitten to sleep, except that one of the volunteers fell in love with the cute little fellow. Her daughter, Bergh, was studying veterinary medicine.
Vincent's current titanium legs are just short stubs. They will be periodically replaced with longer shafts, which will eventually lengthen them to the length of a normal cat's legs. The gradual replacement is designed to help Vincent acclimate to life with legs.