This Is How They Found Their Frozen Cat. Then, a Miracle

Looks like Fluffy will be OK after being found nearly frozen to death in a snowbank
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 9, 2019 9:00 AM CST
This Jan. 31, 2019, photo shows a cat named Fluffy, covered in snow and ice after her owners found her in a snowbank in Kalispell, Mont.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Veterinarians in Montana revived a cat named Fluffy that nearly froze to death after being found in a snowbank covered from head to tail in ice and snow. Dr. Jevon Clark of the Animal Clinic of Kalispell said Thursday that Fluffy was unresponsive and her body temperature didn't register on the clinic's thermometers when her owners brought her in a week earlier, per the AP. Staff warmed the cat using towels, cage warmers, and intravenous fluids. Fluffy is normally a little crabby, so when she began growling after about an hour, Clark knew she'd be fine, he said. "These crabby cats are survivors," Clark adds. After Clark and staff picked the ice off Fluffy's coat and she started moving around, they sent her to an emergency clinic to help raise her body temp. The cat was discharged to her owners that night, and when Clark checked her on Tuesday, she appeared to be back to normal, he said.

Clark said Fluffy is 3 years old and has always lived outdoors. She was living outside the house when new owners moved in within the last couple of years and adopted her. The owners came home early last Thursday to find that Fluffy had been crusted onto a hard-packed snowbank, as though she'd been sitting in one spot for a long time while the blowing snow drifted up around her, Clark said. It wasn't clear how long the cat had been there; the temperature that afternoon in Kalispell was just below freezing. Clark said the owners didn't do anything wrong, and that he suspects something "traumatic" happened that caused Fluffy to curl up outside like that. Clark said Fluffy's owners plan to try to keep her inside for now. "We'll see if Fluffy likes that or Fluffy doesn't like that," he noted. (Read more uplifting news stories.)

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