A 3-year-old domestic short-haired cat named Vincent, whose hind legs are high-tech prosthetics, may soon be leaping for the tops of couches, counter-tops, and other high places he'd like to visit.
He can't jump just yet, but that shouldn't be far behind. "I anticipate that he'll be jumping and doing really normal cat things very soon," said Mary Sarah Bergh in a press release. The veterinary orthopedic surgeon and professor from Iowa State implanted the cat's titanium legs and is in charge of his post-operative care.
Vincent was born in rural Nevada with an abnormality that left his hind limbs missing from the mid-tibia down. He was found abandoned as a kitten and delivered to the Story County Animal Shelter. He couldn't walk, which would often spell a death sentence for a shelter cat.
Fortunately for Vincent, a woman working at the facility was charmed by the kitten, and that woman's daughter happened to be studying veterinary medicine at Iowa State. Daughter put mother in touch with Bergh, and now Vincent's prospects are considerably brighter: