Sunday, June 27, 2010
While prosthetic paws are out of my financial league, for people who feel time and mobility is just as valuable as money, this alternative to euthanasia or caring for a cart-bound kitty could be an option in the future.
I am the caretaker of a three-legged feline. I believe a single-leg injury is probably best managed via amputation. Three-legged cats get along quite well. I think Cricket actually appreciates the rapid pivoting power she gets with a single hind leg.
Prosthetic devices like this that are attached to the bone have infection concerns that would be life-long. However, some owners are now paying thousands upon thousands to treat pet cats for cancer, etc. Devices of this sort might not be out of the range of a person who would rather part with money than care for a cart-bound kitty.
It will be interesting to see how Oscar fares with his new footies. I'm curious to know if he leaves them alone when grooming, or if he fusses over the healing area between flesh and metal.
Thanks to Valarie (or Craig? I can never tell because they often use the same address) for sending this link!