Kalispell, Montana has recently been inundated with snow and temperatures between -1 (30F) and -8 degrees (17F), along with an icy fog. It was through this streak of horrible weather that an ‘essentially frozen and unresponsive’ cat was found buried under a mountain of snow.
The incredibly lucky feline named Fluffy, was discovered last Thursday with her thick coat matted with ice.
She was rushed to an animal clinic where vets were thankfully able to save her life.
Dr. Jevon Clark, who works at the clinic, recalled that Fluffy’s temperature was so slow it didn’t even register on the thermometer, which had a range as low as 90 degrees. Cats normally have a temperature of around 101 degrees.
Vets used a combination of warm water and blankets over the course of two hours to try and revive her, but her temperature was till too low.
Fluffy was taken to the emergency room where she finally began showing signs of recovery after a few more hours.
The story has a happy ending with Fluffy making a full recovery. She’s been able to go back home with her owners. The animal hospital has shared her harrowing survival story to their Facebook page.
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!”
Facebook users who commented on the post were quick to offer their support and well wishes for this very tough little survivor.
One comment read: “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 nine lives! She is so lucky that she found such amazing care. LOVE this story!”
Another user wrote: “Poor little kitty! Thank goodness someone found her! She’s beautiful!”
As an animal lover myself this story warms my heart to the core. But let’s all take a minute to remember that pets are important family members, and this winter it’s our job as responsible pet owners to keep them safe indoors. Much love to Fluffy, and hope she’s feeling much better.