This Soundcloud file was designed to be complimented by the following links and videos, which follow the order of the audio. Feel free to scroll through as you please, however, I would suggest pausing the audio or muting the videos before you play them. Enjoy!
One of my main inspirations for this research:
Follow the story so far:
- Printing Catneys
- Catneys: The Saga Continues
- Catneys: What Went Wrong
- Catneys: The Final Frontier
- Catneys: Prevention Is Better than Cure
- Catneys: The Printining
Still aren’t satisfied? The Cornwell University has a more scientific look.
Worried about your kitties health? Double check the symptoms of kidney trouble.
The tests your vet will do if kidney problems are suspected are:
Treatment options include:
- A low protein diet (also low in phosphorous and not acidified)
- Fluids through an intravenous IV (see below)
- Potassium supplements
- Phosphate binder
This is what it looks like to give Tiger his intravenous IV:
Want to know more about organ transplants in cats?
- A study on the success of transplanting organs in 23 different cats.
- Some of the ethical points to consider
- One of the risks of transplants is the risk of infection, even in cats
- A scientific look into kidney transplants
Want to know more about 3D printing?
Cannot recommend this TED talk enough if you want to know more about 3D printing replacement organs:
Models of kidneys:
Some of the scans of Tiger’s kidney:
The organ donor crisis:
- The Australian government’s current solution
- Transplant Australia breaks down the stats
- Ageing Australia in the context of organ donation
Thanks for following along!
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