We Can Rebuild Him…

This just in from the Cute or Sad files: the BBC is reportin’ that Oscar the Kitteh received two bionic paws after a terrible turbine accident. Check out this awesome, life-saving vet action:

This tear-jerking submishe by Zer0



  1. morjana says:

    Not only is the vet amazing, but so is the cat, Oscar. What a trooper.

  2. Love how he’s “not supposed to do that the first time” gets the vet in tears. Very inspiring.

  3. Crying, laughing, what a great submish…..

  4. this is beautiful.

  5. Love the happy ending . . . and the Red Green moment with the duct tape.
    Hurrah for Science!

  6. MamaLana says:


  7. i had to snuggle with my kitty immediately after viewing, it was so heartwarming!!

  8. The weird little feet work!

  9. JohnnieCanuck says:

    Combine, not turbine. This is an all too common occurrence on farms. The driver can’t see the cat in the tall grain or grass. The cat is hunting mice, etc. out in the field, and its instinct is to freeze in place when the noisy machine approaches.

    If the cats are house pets, most would make an effort to keep them locked in the house, before the combines go through. Barn cats, not so much.

    Lucky cat, to have such care. This is new medical technology that might well end up improving life for human amputees.

  10. In another photo of Oscar the Bionic Kitteh, he has white sprinter prosthetics on, much like Oscar Pistorius, the fastest athlete at the Paralympics game. Go Oscar(s)!

  11. Aww this is so heart-warming :’3 hoorah for Oscar!

  12. bagoguts says:

    I’m bawling my eyes out! What a great story. My kitteh gets extra snorgles tonight.

  13. BStrange says:

    Wow. Just…. Wow. Tough, lucky kitty, and a wonderful vet. This one brought tears to my eyes.

  14. Heather and the Boston Terriers says:

    Somebody, please, put my heart back in my chest!!!

    “I can’t tell ya how good it feels to keep him alive…”

    Well doctor, I can tell you how good it feels to know there are people like you in this world. Oscar may not be able to talk, but I promise you, he knows…he knows all about your wonderful deeds.

  15. This is a wonderful story luv the kitty Oscar, and the vet!! Saw this story on the local news first, I didn’t realize it was a vet from across the “pond” so happy!! He looks likw one very happy cat :>)

  16. Klrversa says:

    It breaks my heart to see less fortunate animals but I love that the vet was able to help that kitteh walk again! So sad!

  17. The Best cat in the world indeed.

  18. Science. It Works!

    And, it appears, so does Oscar!

  19. Pilotgirl says:

    Loved the part about the duct tape. I thought the same thing…you can’t put brown feet on a black cat. Such a sweet story.

  20. Made me sad. Also made me happy. Made me happy knowing there is humanity left in this world after all. Made me happy knowing that people care, even if it is about a hapless cat. Thnx for sharing.

  21. We haz the technologies?

  22. biscuithead says:

    Got some dust in my eye.
    Damn dust!

  23. Once again I am amazed at how animals simply accept things as they are…and I am amazed that there are still humans in this world willing to go above and beyond to help them.

    This was an wonderful story, and the timing impeccable.

  24. “we can rebuild him. We have the technology” … come on, am I really the first person to post that?!?! So happy for this kitty, and so thankful that there are vets like this one out there ! I am grateful that there are other people out there who view animals as our companions and friends, not just accessories or props for amusement. 🙂

  25. cyberpunkrocker says:

    Six Million Dollar Cat

  26. My heart is too full for words to come out. Bless you Oscar and vet.

  27. That made me smile! =D

  28. what a great story 🙂 That v et is simply amazing, I would love to work for him!

  29. I especially love how Oscar’s immediate reaction isn’t “Dude! I can walk again!” but “Ooooh, what’s over here?” He takes the whole thing very much in stride (pun not intended but you can take it as one if you like).

  30. BStrange says:

    Shiny Happy Goth: Auxiliary, bonus pun? And yeah, I think what made it so incredible is that Oscar got straight back to the important business of Being A Cat. No hobbling around confused, no weak wobbly stumbling, just “Hey, got any tuna in this joint? Nah, don’t get up, I’ll find it myself.” 😀

  31. I am in love. Strong, brave kitty and sweet, caring (and daring) vet. *sigh*

  32. I wanna marry that guy!

  33. foster kitty says:

    I want to play with Oscar!

  34. Kristina Noir says:

    How did he get along while the skin grafted to the metal skeleton? How will he scratch and cover his poo? Will another surgery happen when he wears down a foot? How long will the feet last?

  35. Mary (the first) says:

    bbaawwwlll.. snf… I don’t know who I love more, the dr. / vet team or Oscar.

  36. wow, wow, wow, wow, wow

    what more can I say!

  37. Richard Featherstone says:

    This is from a series called “The Bionic Vet” which starts on BBC1 this week, the Radio Times list it as-
    1/6 – Give a Cat Two New Feet – Done!

    “Documentary series looking at the work of ‘bionic vet’ Noel Fitzpatrick, who is pioneering revolutionary new surgical techniques to save and improve the lives of pets from all over the country. Oscar, a two-and-a-half-year-old-cat whose back feet have been chopped off by a combine harvester, is flown in in the hopes that Noel can give him two new feet, while the X-Men inspire Noel to come up with an extraordinary new surgical solution, dubbed ‘the Wolverine technique’, for an arthritic Labrador”

    Next week’s episode is listed as-

    2/6 Improvising With a Hypodermic Needle

    Documentary series looking at the work of ‘bionic vet’ Noel Fitzpatrick, who is pioneering revolutionary new surgical techniques to save and improve the lives of pets from all over the country. Noel removes Charlie the Labrador’s tumour and replaces it with a custom made implant that exactly mirrors Charlie’s diseased bone, making him truly bionic: part metal, part dog. The survival of cross border collie Sasha is at stake as Noel sets about giving her a new bionic knee.

  38. “Look, he’s trying to jump… he’s not supposed to do that on the first day!”

    Kittehz are not the most compliant of patients…

  39. hipcheck says:

    like the one-legged puppy from Strongbad! go, little keetanz!

  40. Amazing. The kittie must have been SO restless before being able to move about! He’s going to explore everything.

  41. Rachael says:

    I’m not sure who I admire and love more, the amazingly normal cat or the awesomely kind and skilled vet. I’d like a cuddle with both of them.

  42. Katiedid says:

    T^T *sniff* Awesome video.

  43. Kristina Noir

    1. I don’t know, but he was probably confined to a cage while recovering from the implant surgery.
    2. Probably like my cats do: with his front paws. Scratching his own ears might be a little dangerous, but he’ll learn.
    3. The pop on and off…. so they can be switched without another surgery.
    4. I’m sure it depends on how active the cat is! It looks like they’re trying different things to find what works the best.

    Sweet story, btw. Oscar is a medical pioneer!

  44. They should lengthen his name to “Oscar Goldman” in honor of the character from “The Six Million Dollar man.”

  45. Luvfurbabies says:

    There is no warm and fuzzy in the universe that can top that one!

    Hooray for Oscar and the Vet that cares so much about our fur babies!!!

  46. Oh great, crying at work. They already think I’m insane around here.

    Bionic footies!!!

  47. meow meow gadget springy feet! *boiiiiiiiinnnggg*

  48. TrixandSam says:

    I really don’t have words to describe how sweet this story is. I think I’ll say:


  49. He’s got updated feet now. XD

  50. awwwwwwwww. Made me tear up. God bless this wonderful man who helped pretty baby.

  51. Thanks for the update, Nyah — I like these feet a lot better! But it’s a wonderful video regardless of the duck-tape! I wouldn’t call this a Cute or Sad entry, I’d call it a Wondrous entry. Wonderful, truly.

    And the fact that Oscar looks exactly like my departed Gary only increases the heart-tugging further. And the yummy vet with the great accent doesn’t hurt, I must admit.

    So yeah, this post gets 4 paws up!!

  52. Christy says:

    We need more people in the world like that vet.

  53. Go Oscar GO!

    The vet belongs in the Men of Cute Overload Calendar!

  54. Yes! How wonderful. 🙂

  55. Oh my gosh this is so heartwarming and adorable. I had to snuggle my kitteh while watching the magic happen. God bless that vet 😉

  56. Katie Kat says:

    OMG – that vet is just AWESOME! What a sweetheart… there needs to be more like him in the world. And I agree – definite candidate for the Men of Cute Overload Calendar!

  57. Happy tears this Monday morning. God bless this vet and this lucky kitty…and thank goodness there are people in the world like this vet. We need more of this kind of altruism, intelligence and just plain goodness these days…what a great way to start my week!

  58. Peanut's mama says:

    Heather and the Boston Terriers–I couldnt have said it better myself!

    I too got abit teary, especially when the Doc was so amazed and choked up saying “He’s not supposed to do that on his 1st day.”

    Oscar was like “FIRST SHMIRST! I WANNA EXPLORE!!!”

  59. @Nyah

    thanks for the update! he looks more stable on those new feet. i’m guessing they’re interchangeable. if i had that cat, he’d have differently colored feet for every day of the week! hehehee.

  60. LovesDogs says:

    Thank you, doctors.

  61. Katrina says:

    Not sad at all. It is full of win. Now, how about a Nobel Prize for Veterinarians, hm? They do astonishing work every day, I know mine does, they should be recognized more and publicly.

    Congratulations, Dr. Kirkpatrick, you win the Internet today! Beautiful news feets. I’d like to have dinner with the people who designed the feesties! My treat!

  62. BeckyMonster says:

    His new feet look like kitty stilettos. FANCY!

  63. meacu1pa says:

    Oscar would make an awesome Pirate Kitty!!!! Except that he comes when he’s called. 😀
    Such a lover, pretty Oscar. And I’m in luv with that vet.

  64. Space Cowgirl says:

    I died. Seriously. Science FTW, and I want to marry that vet surgeon.

  65. Goosebumps all over my body. Such and incredibly inspiring story! Very touching how emotional the vet was, and Oscar is such a champ!

  66. awwww!!!! “He’s no supposed to do that the 1st time he walks.”

  67. flutterbye says:

    AWWW and AWE-inspiring! WOW, what a story!

  68. Maerlyn99 says:

    Not only is Oscar awesome, but so are the vets! I’m gonna go hug some vets, just for the heck of it!

  69. heeeyyyyy, wait a minute. I submitted the 30 sec version of this like 3 days ago. You guys only accept submishions from certain CO peeps? [pout]

    I don’t really care. This guy is absolutely adorable. I’m glad there are updates on his feets now. 🙂

  70. LeAnn (not LeAnna or Lee Ann) says:

    Could they call him Peg Legs now?

  71. Rooanne says:

    Wow. A beautiful story.

    Vet: “I can’t tell you how good it feels to keep him alive”. Kisses top of Oscar’s head. 🙂

  72. Tony James says:

    I saw this story a little while back. No question, but this is great – not just because Oscar got his mobility back but also because the survival rate for those who lose limbs is now much higher than it was. Back in the day, if you were in an accident or a war and they had to amputate a limb, you were far more likely to die from secondary infection that from the wound itself. These days the standard of medical care is of course much higher, but the result is still the same – people who don’t have arms or legs.
    If the work done with Oscar means that people ultimately get better prosthetics, then the argument against testing medical procedures on animals falls over (no pun intended). The (poyntee) ends, as it were, justify the means.

  73. hee hee, I saw this on Friday! Glad to see the updated video: he looks much more comfortable in his newer feet. He looks like he can balance better on them since they’re more paw-shaped. The best part of this is that Oscar doesn’t even seem to realize he has prosthetic feet.

    In case anyone’s interested, they are trying this technology on humans too. I saw a news story about a woman who had the same metal rod grafted to her arm; her prosthetic hand attaches to it. It can give people much greater control and range of motion. Super amazing science!!!!!

  74. @pookie:
    There’s a “Men of Cute Overload Calendar”? Really? (chortling sound)

  75. Best part? “Surgical high five, Dude.”

  76. @Nyah – thanks for the update.

  77. ViolaDeLesseps says:

    Is that vet — um — single? (hums casually)

  78. Annette says:

    Why didn’t they spray paint the feet instead of having duct tape???
    Love the updated video. Such “posh” feet !

  79. The luck of the Irish had a paw in that. Sad, but so awesome. Go Oscar!

  80. bethany says:

    i’ve noticed the doctor is sans wedding ring. i believe i can remedy that situation.

  81. Oscar reminds me so much of our late Morgan, who would also have been climbing over the barriers within two minutes.

    And that vet is even making me forget… um, what’s his name, the hunk with the baby monkey. Yeah, we need a Men of Cute Overload calendar. Use the shot of him kissing Oscar’s head.

  82. I can’t believe nobody’s said it: FAUX PAWS!!! I absolutely love it–the video, the doc, the cat. Brilliant.

  83. OHHHHHH this is wonderful but it makes me sad because one of my cats had his back legs chopped off several years ago by one of those horrible machines and all we could do was end his suffering. There might have been another outcome 😦

  84. Hard to watch in some ways, but I love how much the vet loves Oscar. And how much Oscar wanted to explore!

  85. Leilani, sure you’re not channeling 260Oakley? :-).

  86. knittinkitten says:

    Sniff, sniff. *wipes tears away* Oscar is such a brave little kitteh. Thank goodness his people loved him enough to keep him alive and rebuild him. Sniff. Go Oscar go! I nominate a new rule of cute: If you help an animal walk again it’s cute! Good job Dr. Kirkpatrick!

  87. knittinkitten says:

    Sorry, that’s Dr. Fitzpatrick. My mistake, hard to type through all these tears.

  88. 260Oakley says:

    “Faux paws”? Brilliant!

    I hope the nice vet will give Oscar a tune-up if he’s ever feeling footloose.

  89. Definitely one for the “cute” files, not the “sad” files. Quite the contrary. Very heartwarming, and I agree, good news, someday, for human amputees.


  90. Mononoke says:

    I’ve watched this a few times now since first seeing it on the BBC news, and every time it just gets me, right there, when the vet says ‘He’s just the best cat in the world, I can’t tell you how good it feels to keep him alive’ *bawls*

    My three kittehs, one of whom is a little black girly-Oscar, got extra snuggles after this vid. I have the TV series this clip is from ready to record when it starts in the UK on Wednesday. I need to buy a box of tissues for the inevitable sobbing!!! What a talented, clever guy, and what a lovely, lucky little cat.

  91. How cool is that? Made my day!!

  92. I was kind of thinking Rescute myself.

  93. Lord Bless that kitty and the Vet!

  94. Tearing up….**gets kleenex**

    We hear so many sad stories on dogs and cats. This is wonderful to see an animal rescued.

  95. We need some Bionic man sound effects here.
    Oscar the cat jumps on the toilet paper *dzdzdzdzdzdzd*

  96. wuyizidi says:

    Amazing. Love the new feet. Since we’re talking about upgrades, how about some alpha wave-controlled robo claws for starters, and then maybe Swiss Army knife, or opposable thumbs for that matter?

  97. kibblenibble says:

    *joins the queue of women who want to marry the vet*

    It took me several hours to get up the courage to watch this. Things like this really affect me. Now I’m crying and snuggling my kitty and in love with the vet along with many of you. Oscar is such a handsome kitty! ♥ Go, little guy, go!

  98. Juniper Jupiter says:

    “Red Green Moment”! LOL, dub1!

    I get to go see him the end of next month!! NEENER NEENER!!! 😀

    But kittehs are persnickety…you can’t tell them what they can or can’t do the first time! 🙂

  99. stephanie says:

    I want to make Oscar some little cat boots. Maybe out of black rabbit fur with leather bottoms. Then he’d look stylish. Gonna have to look in to whom i’d mail ’em.

  100. BStrange says:

    Annette – Probably because of concern that he’d lick the paint and make himself sick, duct tape’s a safer alternative.

    The updated vid is a second dose of bionikitty awesome, thanks Nyah!

    And now, thanks to mocax’s comment, I’m humming the Inspector Gadget tune. dum-na-nuh-nah-nuh, Inspec-purr Gadg-cat, dum-na-nuh-nah-nuh, DOO DOO… Anyone have earworm spray? 😀

    By the way, is anyone else wondering where all the OMG OMG SCIENCE IS EVIL!!! people from the (not-actually-)boneless penguin post are now? 🙄

  101. science — yur doin it right! Awesome!

  102. @Nyah – loved the video update. Especially at 0:58, did anyone notice how he moved his back paw gingerly on to the rough brown mat? My cat does that all the time when stepping on weird textures. My guess is that Oscar felt the texture on his front paws and forgot for a moment that the back ones don’t have the same sensitivity.

  103. Thanks, Nyah, I’d seen a still photo of Oscar with the ‘gazelle’ legs [like amputee human runners wear], so was glad to see them in action.
    Juniper J., wave to Red for me!
    And Science [and Kar for a ‘Rescute’ CATegory] FTW.

  104. sunnymum says:

    Words fail me. Happy happy singing heart…

  105. knittinkitten says:

    Watched again….sniff……..took precaution of having Commander Sassafrass, (small red manx who thinks he is the size of Bengal tiger, attitude to match), beside me. I think even he teared up! Certain I spied teeny tiny tear. Snif. Love super speedy paws! Can I knit him some cozies for them?

  106. JackieRose says:

    God bless Noel Fitzpatrick! Such a gifted and compassionate man. And God bless little Oscar!

  107. Wow, you just made my “I’m sick and miserable” day just a little bit brighter. Thank you Oscar!

  108. BStrange says:

    knittinkitten: I just pictured Oscar wearing knit paw-cozies! Fortunately, my keyboard wipes dry. 😀 I like it.


  110. Noelegy says:

    The world is intrinsically a good place. This proves it.

  111. Biscuit Tin says:

    @ Nyah
    Cool update video. He’s all, ” Why are you filming me? Pet me. Observe my mat – there’s no catnip on it. Helloooo. Still with filming. Okay, observe my dish – it’s empty. STILL with the filming. Fine. I’ll be in my box.”

  112. Sweet kitty, and super-sweet man.

  113. DreamspinnerCheryl says:

    Think of the implications for human amputees. If they can beat the rejection and infection angle, the sky’s the limit! (This is the orthopedic nurse in me talking). Ohhh, wat a schweet putty tat…thaz a good boy, Oscar! (That’s the mush hearted animal lover in me talking. Through my tears).

  114. Michelle says:

    LOVE the new updated feet! I agree they look more stable, but in the first vid he hadn’t been out of sedation for long so that may also explain some of his wobbly steps. The new ones appear more sleek and sturdy though. And I had to laugh at someone’s suggestion that they would have different colors for different days of the week!

    Go Oscar! And go wonderful compassionate vet! We all love both of you!

  115. BStrange says:

    I do believe Biscuit Tin nailed it. 😀

    DreamspinnerCheryl – I was wondering about that after the vet mentioned it. Why is it that a cat’s body apparently has no trouble accepting a foreign object and growing around it, while a human’s tends to take violent exception to the same situation?

  116. just watched this with 6 boys from my office and we all teared up.

    Best vet in the world and best outcome for Oscar 🙂 *tears*

  117. /cry. Want give kitty hugs.

  118. I concur with all the above — Nyah, thanks for the update — the cat walked just as he would have with regular paws — gingerly on occasion, delicately in general, on tippy toe — so cute.

    And yes, the vet! the cat! The rescute! The matching paws (black tape, because even in a test, the cat had to look matching). The awww! The cat really all was like “Ok, great, now I can explore, and climb, and wander.


  119. darkshines says:

    I’m totally in tears, what a gorgeous video x

  120. I sent this story in as well last week (I guess a lot of people did) – it’s real heartwarming stuff.
    Thanks for the update, Nyah – Oscar’s feet aren’t too unlike the prosthetics Oscar Pistorius uses for his races. (I wonder if the cat was named after him or whether it was a happy coincidence?)

  121. I officially LOVE that kitty!!!!! GO Oscar!!

  122. AlicatAHL says:

    Was fine right up until the end where he plants a big kiss on Oscar’s head, then I was in puddles of tears. What an amazing step forward in saving animal’s lives!

  123. Addie Wood says:

    I officially love Oscar and his adorable vet!

  124. catlover says:

    Is it just me or is his gait a bit more sprawling after he gets the bionic feet? I think the one’s in Nyah’s video worked better.

  125. catlover says:

    No but I love Oscar so much now! He is so cute! And so brave! And so… (hoe do you say it)… adaptive? That didn’t have quite the effect I was going for.

    Check out the snorgle at the very end.

  126. janet2buns says:

    I bet that vet could have any kitteh lovin’ woman in the world.

  127. kittiwoman says:

    Wow. Just a great story–I would have done that for any of my cats too. Their worth it.

  128. This made me cry and laugh! God bless Oscar and the vet’s team, all of them are heroes!

  129. Mod-in-Training says:

    [what th–? i can’t read any of your comments! they’re all fuzzy!

    Mr. Spike Marie

    our wonderful vet surgeon gave mr. spike marie new legs. after about 10 years, it became apparent that his little legs were malformed and he couldn’t walk on the failing tendons. we decided to build new legs with metal. it took months, but every time we went to the vet for follow-ups, the techs gave him fancier and fancier bandages.

    he is my best boy.


  130. MiT… he is adorable..

    and the bandages Too cute!

  131. Heather and the Boston Terriers says:

    I am delighted to see that I am not the only one who wants to marry that vet. He probably has a line outside his office. He is still probably one of the best people in the world I’ve never met. 🙂
    I mean really, you can be good at what you do and just go about your business, or you can be extraordinary and have marriage proposals from around the world. 🙂 Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it’s obvious this vet has a heart of gold.

    To MIT — I love Spike, I love the fact that you helped him. Spike too, knows your good deed. Without a doubt, your best boy has repaid you in unconditional love. 🙂

  132. aaaaaawwwwwww……..

  133. Mod-in-Training says:

    [thanks, @Heather

    sadly, spike has developed a terribe condition. he has an unquenchable desire for kiss-sniffs and face-squeezings.


  134. knittinkitten says:

    This is seriously the greatest post ever. *Sniffles*. Can’t get enough of the brave little kitty. Now adorable little dog too!

  135. Ok! How sexy was the vets accent. I mean really! And he was so sweet with the kitty.
    What an awesome video.

  136. What an amazing story! It brought tears to my eyes. My cat looks just like Oscar, and I just had to pick her up and give her massive snugglins.

  137. I admit to crying a few manly man-tears.

  138. Yup. That’s a cat for ya. No regard for the gravity of the awesome event, just ‘I’m awake and I’M OUTA HEAH!!’

  139. CatPerson says:


    They just screened the first 30-minute documentary on BBC1 last night (here in the UK), and you can watch it from the website (link below) until, as I understand, the BBC removes it, as the next episode goes live next Wednesday. View for the amazing facilities, and for the excellent Dr Fitzpatrick’s solution for a dog with arthritis.


  140. Mary & the Critters, Annandale VA says:

    Wow … what an awesome story !! Those doctors are amazing ~

  141. It’s the little tail-raise of greeting at 3:07 that I love.

  142. BStrange says:

    MiT said: “sadly, spike has developed a terribe condition. he has an unquenchable desire for kiss-sniffs and face-squeezings.”

    Best. Addiction. Ever. 🙂

  143. Dear Oscar:
    I am SOOOO happy you can walk now (better)! Props to yer vets!

  144. They go through all the bloody trouble to make the cat a prosthetic leg, and they use DUCT TAPE to make it black? for real? Does that look cheap to anyone else?

  145. scherzo says:

    That is just freaking amazing… Go bionic kitty!

  146. Where can I learn more about Kitty prosthetic science? Very interesting stuff!

  147. @JohnnieCanuck, Richard Featherstone, Tony James, Sarah and BG 😀 I would not be surprised that there are doctors who are looking into what Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick is doing to help pets can be done to humans 😀

    @DreamspinnerCheryl 😀 Being a nurse, could you explain why humans would have trouble with prosthetics? Who knows?! Maybe someone here might have an idea on how to improve things 😀

  148. Damn! I missed it! Isn’t there any way to watch the 1st episode? 😦

  149. That was just amazing I almost cried at the end Just wow go Oscar!