When people get hurt, they often must force themselves to perform various exercises to rebuild their bodies. Cats are no different, so when a cat named Elf had surgery to remove part of his thigh-bone, due to a debilitating condition in his hip joint, his owners decided to take him for swimming lessons to aid his recovery.

Now wearing a life jacket, Elf swims twice a week to help rebuild his bone and muscles. Now only does Elf seem to like the water, but now he’s able to run and jump at home as well, proving that exercise really does pay off.

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