This cat got covered with ice and frozen but survived after she was rush to the vet.
During winter and low temperature, it is important to make sure that our pets are safe and warm. Animals such as dogs and cats are not equipped to handle cold. The Animal Legal Defense Fund is constantly informing the public regarding animal cruelty charges filed against people who have left animals out in the cold.
The polar vortex was raging in the Upper Midwest recently and the temperature had dropped below zero in the city of Kalispell, Mont., near Glacier National Park. One cat named Fluffy is usually confident to stay outdoor and unexpectedly got into trouble.
Fluffy’s owner found her covered with ice and snow near their home. They scooped her up and immediately drove her to the vet, which is probably what saved her life. Andrea Dutter, executive director of the Animal Clinic of Kalispell said that “she was frozen.”
Her body temperature was 90 degress, below a cat’s normal internal body temperature which is 101 degrees.
“We immediately began to warm her up,” Dutter said.
“Warm water, heating pads, hot towels . . . within an hour she started grumbling at us.”
Dutter said that Fluffy is an indoor-outdoor cat who knows her surroundings well. When she was thawed, the veterinarians discovered that the cat had suffered an injury that prevented her from getting back to the house. Fortunately, she is now warmed up and survived.
This is a reminder to all pet owners to now get so confident especially when the weather wasn’t good and predictable.