Last week, Fluffy the cat arrived at Montana’s Animal Clinic of Kalispell.
Except, this was not a routine check up.
Fluffy was considered “unresponsive” while encrusted in snow.
But according to a Facebook post from her rescuers, Fluffy is now “completely normal.”
The post read:
“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!”
According to ABC News, Fluffy’s owners discovered the outdoor cat buried in a snowbank.
The cat was most likely stuck for hours in Montana’s frigid temperatures.
Once Fluffy was found, she was taken to the clinic.
Dr.Jevon Clark and Dr. China Corum then quickly started to work on warming up the cat who was not moving when she arrived at the clinic.
“I’ve never seen this. I’ve been in practice for almost 24 years and she was actually caked in ice, like those ice balls were caked on her all the way around her 360 degrees all the way around her. Her temperature was so low our thermometer wouldn’t read it, so we know it was less than 90,” Dr. Clark shared with KULR8.
Fluffy was given a warm bath and covered in heating pads to help stimulate her body.
Several hours after arriving at the clinic, Fluffy was finally moving again.
Dr. Clark then took the cat to an emergency animal hospital as her temperature was still dangerously low.
After several hours at the emergency facility, she started to recover.
And only a week after being dug out of the snow, Fluffy along with her beautiful coat of fur — are back to normal.
After the traumatic incident, Fluffy is now an indoor cat.
Folks on Facebook were quick to show their support for the miracle cat, saying:
“You’ve got to be kidding me – she survived this?”
“Thank you all for saving this kitty and thank you for showing us just how bad it can get when an animal is allowed out or escapes in the winter.”
“Awww little one..you’ve got 8 left…try to be a bit less adventurous.”
“How was there no frostbite?! I’m so confused…God’s miracle kitty.”
Dr. Clark urges pet owners who see this story to be reminded to regularly check on both their indoor and outdoor animals during the freezing cold weather.
During this cold season, the Humane Society of the United States strongly urges pet owners that under no circumstances pets should be left outdoors, even if they are accustomed to being outdoor pets — especially when the temperatures drops.
If your pet does spend a lot of time outside for any reason — it is important to be protected by a dry, draft-free shelter that is big enough to allow them to move around comfortably but small enough to hold in body heat.
The society also recommends those pets who do spend a lot of time outdoors to consume more food as keeping warm depletes energy.
It is also a good idea to check your pet’s water dish to ensure that the water is not frozen. Using plastic food and water bowls can help combat this.
To learn more tips on how to keep your pets safe in these frigid temperatures, click here.
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