"His implants go inside the bone and then traverse the skin so he actually has metal posts poking through his skin," Mary Sarah Bergh, the surgeon who attached Vincent's prosthetic legs, says in a press release. "That's very, very unique and a challenging problem and implant to work with."
After just one surgery, in February 2014, Vincent was walking again. Tentatively, at first.
"The first time I saw him after surgery, it was scary, to be honest," Jones says. "Because you don't normally see metal things poking out of your cat."
But she soon got used to the titanium alloy hind legs. Just like Vincent.
Several more surgeries succeeded in lengthening and strengthening his artificial legs.
"I anticipate he'll be jumping and doing really normal cat things very soon."
Vincent's success is also a resounding triumph for veterinary science - and promises to save even more animals from an untimely end at shelters.
"This does open up the door for us to be able to help other animals who have similar problems," Bergh says. "Even what we've learned just through Vincent's one case, we've actually refined the technique and the implants so the next cases we do moving forward will be even more successful."
If you would like to learn more about the work being done to improve the lives of animals, visit Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.