IS it a bird, is it a plane? No, it’s Alfie the bionic cat!
The two-year-old British short hair moggy is certainly ‘feline’ fine after undergoing the first cat hip replacement surgery performed in the Midlands.
Referred to the team of specialists at Willows Veterinary Centre in Shirley because of severe hip pain and lameness in his right hind leg, x rays showed Alfie had a rare type of fracture of the ball of the hip joint.
Until recently the only treatment was to completely remove the ball of the thigh bone and hope that nature would form its own ‘false joint’ but with unpredictable results, surgeons opted to perform surgery using tiny artificial hip joints developed in America.
Surgeon Malcolm McKee said: “We’ve done dogs before but never a cat and there are very few in the world who have had this type of surgery.”
Alfie underwent a two hour op in which an artificial ball just 8 mm wide was inserted and by the following day he was on his paws again.
Six weeks later and the lucky pet is on the mend. You could say he is feeling just like the cat’s whiskers.