Miracle in Montana? An “essentially frozen and unresponsive” cat found completely buried under a mountain of snow has been saved.
The injured cat, named Fluffy, was found on Jan. 31 and brought to Animal Clinic of Kalispell veterinarian Dr. Jevon Clark, KTMF reported. Fluffy was “caked in ice,” frozen, and unresponsive when she came into Clark’s office.
“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,” Clark said. “Her temperature was so low our thermometer wouldn’t read it, so we know it was less than 90.”
Cats’ temperatures are normally around 101 degrees, said the veterinarian.
Clark told KTMF he and his associate, Dr. China Corum, used heating pads and heated cages to help stimulate Fluffy.
The cat gained consciousness at the clinic that afternoon, but the veterinarians still sent Fluffy to an emergency clinic because her temperature remained extremely low, according to Clark.
On Tuesday, the Animal Clinic of Kalispell posted photos of Fluffy on Facebook to share her story of “success and survival.”
“Her temperature was very low but after many hours she recovered and is now completely normal. Fluffy is amazing!” the clinic said.
Facebook commenters sent their well wishes to the kitty and their congratulations to the clinic.
“It really is true that with hypothermia they aren’t dead until they are warm and dead. Excellent save! So glad the veterinarians and technicians and the owner worked hard to save this cat,” said one commenter.
“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,” said another.
Fluffy is now back home with her owners. But even with her eight remaining lives, we hope she avoids the outdoors for a while.