Vito, a 6-year-old cat who lives in Italy, has become internet famous for his prosthetic hind legs. The cat suffered a horrific accident which resulted in his two legs being amputated. However, after becoming the first cat in Italy to receive two prosthetic legs, Vito now enjoys a normal cat's life and is showered with attention online.
Vito's owners are former basketball player Silvia Gottardi and her wife Linda Ronzoni. The couple adopted the cat after Silvia's mother passed away and her father couldn't keep Vito when he started dating someone with a cat allergy.
In 2018, the pair got married and went on their honeymoon. Vito was left in the care of their friend when they were away. Then the tragic event happened. Vito, who is used to the outdoors, wandered off into the streets and got hit by a car. The terribly injured cat was found a day later and taken to the vet. However, Vito's chances of getting back to a normal life were slim. His rear paw was so badly wounded that it was immediately removed. The vet tried their best to save another rear leg but after it got too infected, it was amputated too.
Vito was provided with temporary 'legs' and later underwent the operation to be fitted with spring-loaded prosthetics with joints. While it took some time for the cat to get used to them, eventually he got quite comfortable. Now the feline is capable of doing things every cat does and is living his life to the fullest.
Vito's story was picked up by media across Italy and all over the internet, too. People couldn't be happier that he got the life-saving prosthetics that allow him to do all of the things other cats can do.
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