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Oscar the Bionic Cat

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Oscar the bionic cat lost his hind feet in an accident four years ago and thanks to the efforts of vets to get him back on his own four feet

Kate Allen and her partner, Mike don’t get many callers at their house in Jersey. They’re relatively isolated. But mid-afternoon, there was a knock at the door.

Mike, answered to find a distressed woman standing with a bicycle. She asked them if they own a black cat and if they and told them about a cat in the field with lots of blood.

Kate and Mike rushed to the scene and found Oscar lying on the edge of the field splattered with blood. It looked as if he had been trying to drag himself home but couldn’t quite manage it. The cat’s hinds leg had been chopped off, caught by the combine harvester.

Oscar was rushed to the New Era Veterinary Hospital and Mike explained to the vet, Peter Haworth, what happened.

Mike said, “We tried to come to terms with the fact that we would probably have to have him put to sleep, although sleep was the one thing we couldn’t  do ourselves. Luckily for Oscar, not everyone was as pessimistic.

When we went to visit him, he was on a drip, but Peter had an idea. He knew of a colleague in England, Noel Fitzpatrick, who had used implants to replace missing limbs on dogs. He didn’t know if Noel would be interested, or indeed if it would be possible to do  it. But suddenly we had a glimmer of hope. We knew it was a long shot, we knew it might be prohibitively expensive. We also knew we had to explore this option fully. It was all we had.”

Back in 2009, Oscar underwent a nearly $50,000 (USD) operation. The cost was financed mainly by the surgeon because of its pioneering nature- with Oscar now having led the way for other groundbreaking work.

After the surgery Oscar went from strength to strength. He grew big and muscular and charged around the house. You could hear him click-clicking as his back feet made contact with the stone floor in the hall and kitchen.

Mike said, “Oscar settled into a pretty normal life, with one big exception. He could not roam at will. It was so sad when we got home to see two huge eyes staring through the window on to a world that was no longer his.”

“Sometimes we let him out into our tiny garden. He had always been fascinated by a particular place at the bottom of the fence where he would sit for hours. What for, we had no idea. Whenever we let him outside it was the first place he raced to. Sometimes he would sit down there and his tail would sweep from side to side like a lion’s. Sometimes he would click his teeth together.”

After years of injuries and operations, his artificial parts included a new hip, the metal implants and two prosthetic feet. Mike said, “He really was a bionic cat, but personality-wise he was exactly the same as ever.”

Source: http://lovecatsworld.com/oscar-the-bionic-cat/

my fave felines

Sylvester J. Pussycat Sr.

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Sylvester is the famous Warner Brothers’ animated cat who appeared on various looney tunes and merry melodies cartoons often chasing tweety bird, speedy gonzales and hippety hopper. he debuted in the cartoon called “life with feathers” on March 24, 1945.

Puss “N” Boots

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The oh-so-cutey cat from the movie  Shrek. He is skilled in using a sword and often practically dances around his enemy who can’t keep up with him. One of his defenses is using his cute nature by staring up at his foes with an innocent, wide-eyed, expression, which softens his foes hearts. I so love him!

Garfield

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Garfield is that famous cat from a comic strip created by Jim Davis. The comic strip was first published on June 19, 1978 as it chronicles the life of Garfield, his owner named John and the dog named Odie. Garfield currently holds the Guinness Book of Records for being the world’s most widely  syndicated comic strip.

Luna

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She is the famous guide cat of Sailor Moon and was a servant to Princess Serenity, sworn never to leave her side, as well as an advisor to the Queen. When the kingdom fell, she and another cat, Artemis, were put into a long sleep and sent down to Earth to look after the Senshi, who would eventually be reborn there. Part of Luna’s memory was suppressed, in order to make her task easier; she only knew that she was supposed to find and awaken the Guardian Senshi. She found Usagi Tsukino first and taught her to become Sailor Moon, not knowing that this was merely a disguise meant to hide Usagi’s true identity as the reincarnated princess.

Salem Saberhagen

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A warlock-turned-cat in the Sabrina the Teenage Witch comic  series. I love it when he’s being sarcastic and whenever he makes fun of the two dogs owned by Sabrina’s family. And I love black cats! (whoops!)

Mittens

mittens2The housecat from the movie Bolt. Mittens does what she has to do to get by, even if getting by should involve stealing from others or lying to get what she wants. Because of her tough attitude, Mittens hardly believes that making friends is in any way essential to her survival and she does not find it easy to trust in anyone but herself. When she meets Bolt and experiences his undying loyalty to Penny and his unwavering commitment in returning to her, Mittens realizes that she does, in fact, have the capacity to believe in someone besides herself.

Snowball II

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The dark-gray female cat owned by the Simpsons. I remember her as the one who saved Homer from a burning treehouse.

Hello Kitty

hello-kitty-paintingShe’s probably the most popular cat in the world. The cat was designed by a Japanese artist for Sanrio and was introduced in 1974.  Hello Kitty was awarded by UNICEF the exclusive title of UNICEF Special Friend of Children.