Faux Paw(s)

At barely three years of age, Oscar has certainly already used one – if not more – of his 9 lives. Having lost both his back paws in an accident last October (a combine ran over them while he was sleeping in a field- I still don’t understand how he didn’t wake up from the noise) he is now the first kitty to have prosthetic paws! A bionic kitty if you will.

Oscar, the cat with a pair of prosthetic paws

Thankfully a stranger found Oscar bleeding profusely and carried him to his home. His local New Jersey (England, not US it seems! Oops!) vet could not help beyond stopping the bleeding and managing Oscar’s pain, but he suggested the family contact Noel Fitzpatrick, a veterinary surgeon based in Surrey England.

In Surrey, Oscar endured a three hour surgery, during which he was fitted with prosthetic pegs developed by a team from the University College London. Holes were drilled into his legs and metal rods inserted into his ankle bone. The rods extend beyond his fur and that’s where the prosthetic paws are attached. It’s pretty amazing that his body didn’t reject the metal and get infected but instead, grew around the metal pegs kind of like how deer fur and skin grows around the base of the antler.

In the video you will get to meet Oscar and the amazing Dr Fitzpatrick.  The scene where he sees Oscar get up on his new paws for the first time is very touching. This Wednesday the BBC is airing a special about Dr Fitzpatrick called the “Bionic Vet” featuring Oscar’s amazing journey.

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Okay, it’s nice that the doctor wants the paws to match the rest of kitty, but duct tape? Don’t they have black paint in England? Well the good news is that he wore out the first pair so now he has much cooler looking “blade runner” style prosthesis (one article stated he was already on his 4th pair!).

From now on though, Oscar has to be an indoor cat since his paws don’t have sensitivity to hot and cold.  From the looks of it, I think he’s not going to mind that one bit (check out the video of Oscar now below!).

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  • that was a wonderful and inspiring story, thanks so much for sharing it with us!

    Oscar is an AMAZING kitty!

    we can all learn a lesson from Oscar!

    Caren Gittleman
    Cat Chat http://opcatchat.blogspot.com

    • Ihavecat

      I agree that Oscar, his parents and the vet are ALL super amazing! Loved the photograph on your latest post! tehe! cute!

  • Carol Halbert

    This is not only so very wonderful for this kitty, but it must be a product of things to come. A lot of disabled doggies and kittie will be able to do away with the wheels that are strapped on and actually walk for themselves!!! This is absolutely a God send! Bless that vet and all his staff!! This is one of the most magnificant break throughs in bionics I have seen!!!! Double Thumbs Up on this one!!!

    • Ihavecat

      I am full on in love with this vet! You can tell he really cares! And what a sport Oscar is! Sweet baby! I’m glad his parents cared enough to go the distance for him as I know times are tough…..

  • Beverly

    This brought tears to my eyes! Hooray for Oscar and his doctors!

    • Ihavecat

      And his parents for caring enough to find a way for him to survive! Go Oscar!

  • Zoya

    wow! this is amazing!! i mean to think about that if they did not put on the legs he would just be put to sleep.

    • Ihavecat

      I know right?! But I swear I’ve seen kitties who have wheels as back legs – this is def better of course!

  • That video was amazing! Just shows humans what we kitties can teach them about resilience.

    • Ihavecat

      Agree Sparkle! GOOO OSCAR!!!! GOO KITTIES!

  • Millisa

    It is so amazing!! I love Oscar! He is so good on his new feet!

    • Ihavecat

      so cute right ?he wobbled but he didn’t let them slow him down! I was surprised he wasn’t more confused/disturbed!

  • jmuhj

    SO HAPPY after viewing Oscars’ success story! And hello, YRH Sparkle! We agree! 😉

    • Ihavecat

      It’s lovely isn’t it? Lucky kitty! So happy his loving parents were able to connect with the uber vet in the UK!

  • That was the most amazing story we have ever seen! Oscar is such a brave kitty but the surgeons who worked tirelessly to get him new feet are just wonderful!
    We loved seeing Oscar on his new feet exploring! What an amazing kitty! His parents must be so happy to have him on all fours again!
    Many purrs, Keiko, Kenji, Pricilla & Yuji

    • Ihavecat

      Thanks so much for posting to I HAVE CAT! I Just found your blog and love it! What great photos and I’m so glad to hear you have a new brother!!!! Can’t wait to read more of your posts (great cat nip dance Yuji has going on there! )

  • Wonderful story. Thanks for posting the video.

    • Ihavecat

      Thank YOU for reading I HAVE CAT and for taking the time to post a comment! 🙂

  • haha! Hi there, Just a minor point, Oscar lives in Jersey, UK In the channel islands, not New Jersey… hrrrumpf! You Americans! 🙂

    xx

    All Vets should cuddle their patients, but I bet most don’t! What a fantastic Vet!

    • Ihavecat

      oopsie! you caught me! I made the correction – thanks for letting me know (how embarrassing!) : 0

  • I love this story! And seeing the videos makes it even more amazing. (Also, totally off topic, I saw your Pet Blogger Support button so I’m giving you some love–and I became part of the Pet Blogger Support crowd, too.)

    • Ihavecat

      HI Jane! Thanks so much for reading IHAVECAT and taking the time to post a comment! It means so much! I always wondered if people noticed those badges! Glad to hear some do!

  • Denise

    This is a touching and amazing story. Thanks so much.

    • Ihavecat

      Hi Denise! I know right?! Thanks so much for posting a comment my friend! 🙂 Miss you! We gotta catch up!

  • Chris

    Love this. Love this so very much. The vet is completely amazing…his love for his work and of these animals is undeniable. I shared Oscar’s Youtube video with all my friends and family a few days ago. It’s a must see for those with kitties and even those without! A truly heartwarming story.

    • Ihavecat

      It is quite a heartwarming story! Loved it myself! That vet is amazing. what a great guy…wonder if he is single…

  • Ihavecat

    Finding myself wondering #1) if Dr Noel is single (he looks kindda like Clive Owen don’t ya think? and #2) what the weather is like in Surrey, England .

    This all just goes to further demonstrate how men who loves cats are hot and awesome!!!!

    WANTED: A MAN WHO LOVES PUSSY (CATS)
    http://ihavecat.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/catloving-men-are-best/

  • We love Oscar’s story. Truly wonderful and amazing.

    So funny to see how the vet has to run after him on his very first time on the new feet.

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