This story has a very happy ending and this cat clearly has nine or perhaps ten lives! A healthy cat's normal body temperature is typically between 100-102.5 F. Fluffy, a cat in Montana was found literally frozen and encrusted in snow before being brought to the Animal Clinic of Kalispell. Her temperature was so low the thermometer wouldn't read it!
According to People.com, the clinic's Dr. Jevon Clark and Dr. China Corum immediately worked on warming the feline, who wasn't 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 told KULR8.
The low the day Fluffy was found in Whitefish, Montana was 8 degrees with 16 inches of snow.
The clinic provided Fluffy with heating pads and she was given a warm bath to stimulate her body temperature.
She made a full recovery and was back with her owners within days. This goes without saying but Fluffy is now an indoor cat!
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The clinic was happy to report on Facebook that her temperature was very low but after many hours she recovered! The staff agreed that this was indeed a miracle.
Social media users loved this happy ending. One commented: "She is so beautiful! Thanks for working a miracle."
Fluffy is now down to eight lives! And she is one lucky cat.
This is an incredible recovery story. If you have any concerns that your cat has hypothermia, you'll immediately notice him start to shiver violently as the body temperature drops. Similar to what Montana's animal clinic did with Fluffy, if a frozen cat found unresponsive is brought to the vet, he will be moved to a warm environment and wrapped in warm towels or blankets. It's important that you do not use an electric heating pad before taking this cat to the vet as you could burn the cold soul even on a low setting.
In some cases, the emergency room will also use warm intravenous (IV) fluids, and even a warm water enema to bring your cat's temperature back to normal. To prevent this from happening, consider keeping your outdoor cats indoors during the winter months. You may not have to worry about a Montana snow bank but keeping cats indoors may reduce the risk of injury.
Do you have any stories about an animal that miraculously survived the freezing cold? We'd love to hear about it. Please leave your story in the comments!