While many animals can live with only three limbs, it would have been impossible for Oscar to survive with only two limbs, Fitzpatrick said.
Although Oscar’s life was insured for 4,000 British pounds (approximately $6,070), Fitzpatrick dedicated much of his time and hospital resources at no cost to treat Oscar.
Fitzpatrick believes the cat’s prosthetic surgery could lead to similar advancements for human amputees needing artificial limbs.
"As long as it’s in the interest of my patient, if everything works well, we can apply this to human victims," he said.
Oscar has adjusted well to his new legs, Fitzpatrick said, although he’ll remain an indoor cat.
He may not chase mice like he used to, but he can still scratch up the furniture.