Although a common practice among human rehabilitation, one cat from West Sussex, United Kingdom is the first to receive an artificial knee.
Missy the cat was in poor cat health when she was brought in to the veterinarian after being struck by a car two days prior, according to the Telegraph. Her owner, Louise Morris, found her pet lying in a bush with a leg broken in eight places and a dislocated knee. Morris was determined to keep her beloved Missy alive.
"It was a case of putting Missy to sleep forever or developing an artificial knee, which had never been done before," veterinarian Dr Noel Fitzpatrick told the news provider. "Amputation was not an option since the other hind leg was broken in eight places."
Vets also used a collagen mesh made out of pig’s bladder to help Missy re-grow tissue to cover her exposed bone, then placed pins in the leg until the wound healed.
The surgery took more than two and a half hours and now Missy is on the road to recovery.