He was taken to FACE Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic to be cared for. FACE Coordinator Janet Mellinger said Olaf’s frostbite resembled a severe burn. The dead tissue eventually disconnected from the healthy tissue, and as a result he lost all or some of those three feet.
Olaf has adapted, and he manages to get around pretty well. He may not be able to jump -- but he sure can scoot and is a happy cat. Olaf’s new space includes a ramp so he can easily slide out of his crate to move around and explore his world. He is uncomfortable using a litter box as the “sinking” feeling causes him to be unsteady so he uses puppy pads as his bathroom.
In addition to overcoming his physical impairment, Olaf -- once feral and un-socialized -- has really warmed up to people. While still shy, he enjoys personal attention and may one day be relaxed enough to become a therapy cat for children or veterans dealing with amputations and rehabilitation. That's really up to Olaf.
Our goal is to make Olaf as comfortable as possible. Having 2 prosthetic back legs would allow Olaf to move around more freely. Prosthetic limbs can cost upwards of $2000 per leg. Our hope is to work with a prosthetic company to create custom fitted back legs that won’t involve any more surgery for Olaf. Olaf will be a challenge due to the fact that they are detached at different places.
Check out this news story to see how Olaf moves:
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