An incredibly lucky and resilient cat has been saved by a vet after she was discovered ‘essentially frozen and unresponsive’.
Poor Fluffy didn’t quite live up to her name when she was found by her owners in a snow bank on January 31. Instead, her fur was matted with snow after getting caught in the chilling temperatures which had hit Kalispell, Montana, US.
The city was experiencing temperatures between -1°C (30°F) and -8°C degrees (17°F), as well as icy fog and snow.
The cat was unresponsive when she was found, but her owners didn’t give up hope and took her to the Animal Clinic of Kalispell, where doctors took her temperature.
Dr. Jevon Clark from the clinic told ABC News the average temperature for a cat is around 38°C (101°F), but on a thermometer with a bottom range of 32°C (90°F), Fluffy’s cold temperature didn’t even register.
In a bid to save the kitty, staff at the animal clinic tried to heat her up with warm water and blankets, but after two hours her temperature was still dangerously low.
The vets persisted, and thankfully after a few hours the formerly unresponsive feline began to show signs of recovery. Presumably falling back on one of her other nine lives, the cat made a full recovery and it wasn’t long before she was back to her normal self, fluffy fur and all.
Sharing the amazing story on Facebook, the Animal Clinic of Kalispell wrote:
Amazing success and survival story from this week. Some clients found their injured cat buried in snow. They brought her to us essentially frozen and unresponsive.
Her temperature was very low but after many hours she recovered and is now completely normal. Fluffy is amazing!
The good news was met by many pleased Facebook users who praised those who helped rescue Fluffy.
One person wrote:
This is a miracle with some quick thinking on the part of her “parents” and this wonderful vet!!!!!! This outdoor cat has certainly used up one of her 9 lives! She is so lucky that she found such amazing care. LOVE this story!!!!!!!!
While another added:
Thank so much for your fast and loving care!! Heroes
Fluffy has since returned home to be with her owners, though she’s had some lifestyle changes following her terrible ordeal.
According to ABC, her owners have decided to make the lovely pet an indoor cat to avoid the elements harming her again.
The vets certainly did incredible work to save Fluffy, I’m sure she’ll be glad to be staying out of the cold weather from now on!
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Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.