Meet the cat ISU vets outfitted with very rare prosthetic legs

Meet the cat ISU vets outfitted with very rare prosthetic legs


Vincent was surrendered at the Story County
Animal Shelter in Nevada Iowa where I work and I took one look at him and fell in
love and took him home was very young at the time but had abnormality in both
of his hind legs he was missing them from the midtibia down and he was unable to walk It’s a very unusual abnormality we’re not exactly sure
what caused it and determine that probably that left hind leg was not
going to be salvageable in its entirety meaning that his knee was fixed and
hyperextension it couldn’t bend it all of course he was a kitten at the time
so his body weight was small and as they grow there’s more and more weight placed on
the back legs with no feet or really legs to walk on actually was developing
sores in areas on his legs putting these implants in his femurs is going
to be the best option to give him legs so that he could actually walk to the
very first time the first time I saw him after surgery it was scary I’ll be
honest because you don’t normally see metal things poking out of your cat is
extremely rare in fact that I just guessed it probably less than 25 animals
in the world who ever had anything quite like what he’s got some people think of
prosthetics they think of something that strapped onto a leg to allow walking in
animals it’s not usually very viable option especially in the femur thigh
where his his injuries are is nothing with a strapon and so his implants go
inside the bone and then traverse the skin so he has metal posts poking
through skin and that’s very very unique very challenging type of problem in
implant or to deal with his bone is looking great implants are stable and
he’s walking really well and it couldn’t be happier with how he’s doing at the
current time I anticipate that he’ll be jumping in and doing really normal cat things very soon normal cat like in that came into a
shelter with you know not have a future because his injuries were you know
pretty staggering that you know you do what you need to do to make your animal
successful think this does open the door for us to be able to help other animals
have similar problems and even what we’ve learned to just threw vincent’s
case we’ve actually refine the technique and the implants so the next cases we do
moving forward to be the more successful

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  1. I think he needs something a bit more springy. Like the ones humans have to run with. The ones he has don't appear to be too good for jumping with!

  2. This is too far. I love animals but seriously this is too much. I know it's hard but sometimes nature must run its course.

  3. Maybe you could go a step further(no pun intended) ! Like a string loaded knee joint or something that would act like a knee but at least a bit closer to a full leg. I know this is great what Vincent has and because of you guys working hard to make him a better life!
    My hat is off to you and your team and also the owner ! I would like to think all of these types of prosthetics may lead to more and more leaps into the future for making life longer and better for everyone that needs help!! Special thank you to Vincent, the amazing wonder cat ! Take care !

  4. Thanks for clearing up the shortness issue. That's the first question I had. This is great. Updates on Vinnie?

  5. cat with two back legs gone could you do a 3D printing machine to get them prosthetic legs that would help the cat sincerely TCB Elvis Presley that's the way it is man

  6. I'm fighting the implants too short for the cat cat needs Prosthetics take clip onto the existing leg said he has so he can walk it's cruel to see him bent over like this sincerely TCB Elvis Presley That's it man

  7. And after some years they will have to do it all over again to the poorcat because the bone around the screws losen so they will need bigger screws.

  8. Imagine inserting an iron rot into your bone squeezing the bone marrow. Wow, what a sweet imagination!!!

  9. OH NO how expensive is it? What would happen if he didn't have it? What age can you get it? MY NEW KITTEN HAS THIS

  10. Those prosthetics need to have springs instead of just those rubber pads. Much less impact travelling through the cat's bones.

  11. I'm glad that they worked with this kitty, it's so sad that when one is born different, people usually cut the animals life short. I truly hope that this kitty's body accepts these implants permanently! 🐱🐾💖

  12. I don't understand why they have to do a new surgery every time. Why not just lengthen the post in his legs? No wonder NO one can afford surgeries, prosthetics, etc for their pets. I'm glad this family can……lucky cat!

  13. O povero angelo senza le 2 zampine. Ma almeno l'ho avete salvato. Che amore questo angelo e un'amore. Piccolo. Complimenti che l'ho avete operato. ☺😇😍😘😻😻😻😻👄👄👄💋💋💋❤💖💕💓💝💞👍👍👍👍👍🐱🐱🐱🐱🐈🐈🐈🐈🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾

  14. Is really ubius that she is in pain.because those prostatic legs..why don't do some like those atlets that way be more softbto the Bones

  15. "you do what you need to do to keep your animal successful."
    is it coincidence that a cat with disadvantage has such a loving owner?

  16. Poverino senza zampe di dietro. Complimenti che li vete messo le 2 protesi per farlo camminare. Bellissimo il video. 💞💞💞💞💖💖💖💖👏👏👏👏😍😍😍😍

  17. Adjustable leg height might help with maybe those runner springs. It would raise its spine and be more natural.

  18. Should the prostheses be longer?
    That way his back legs will be balence with his front.
    And walking is not so hard on his lower back

  19. Poor cat. At least now he can get around even though it may be in a n awkward manner. At least the implants enable him to have some mobility that he couldn't have had otherwise.

  20. OCH , I LOVE YOU BABY SOOOOOO MUCH …… THANK ALL OF THIS DEAR HEROES FOR HELPING LOVELY CAT GOD BLESS YOU AND SAVE YOU ALL ♡♡♡

  21. That is so cool, he gets around ok, and he's a fighter, hats off to Iowa university, MAD RESPECT FROM THE NORTH👍👍😎😎🐆🐆

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