When a Good Samaritan brought an injured little black-and-white cat to the vet after some kind of traumatic accident, she probably didn’t think the kitty would live. Bulgarian veterinarian Vladislav Zlatinov had his own doubts, knowing that if he took a chance and amputated the cat’s back legs so high on the limbs, they may have ended up needing to put him down.

There wasn’t much to lose, though, so Zlatinov went ahead with the procedure…and followed it up by giving Pooh new prosthetic legs.

“I had the vague idea that this is done, but it sounded impossible for our practice. But I wanted to try.”

No one is more surprised than the vet that the surgery seems to have been a success.

“He’s doing surprisingly well so far. Pooh can move freely on flat surfaces – walking, running, and even making small jumps. What’s important is that he doesn’t seem to be in any pain.”

The success of Pooh’s story surely gives hope to other pet owners out there who might face the devastating decision of whether to put an injured cat or dog down in the future.

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As for Pooh, he’ll be available for adoption via Let’s Adopt Bulgaria soon.

h/t: Bored Panda