A Kalispell kitty who become lost in drifting snow can warmly recall her chilling ordeal thanks to local veterinarians who managed to reheat 'Frosty' back to 'Fluffy'.
Located just south of Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana, Kalispell can get mighty chilly in late January. Just ask Fluffy, a three-year-old indoor/outdoor cat who really should have been indoors when he was found by his owners outdoors... snow-covered and unresponsive in a drifted-over snowbank.
“She was essentially frozen,” stated Andrea Dutter, executive director at the Animal Clinic of Kalispell, to a CNN reporter. Her body temperature was so low, in fact, that staff couldn't even measure it on their thermometer.
After her owners brought her to the clinic, Fluffy was immediately put on an IV drip though getting that done properly was a struggle. The next step was warming her back up. “They used a few different methods to raise her body temperature: warm water, hair dryers, heated towels that were rotated out,” explained Dutter. “And finally, we put her in (a) heated kennel.”
That did the trick: Fluffy began growling after about an hour in the kennel. That's right, “growling”... normal behavior for her, according to her owners. “These crabby cats are survivors,” clinic Dr. Jevon Clark said, and in Fluffy's case at least he turned out to be right.
By the end of a very long day, Fluffy was deemed well enough to return home with her owners. Their plan is to keep Fluffy indoors but as Dr. Clark observed, “We'll see if Fluffy likes that or Fluffy doesn't like that.”
Why not just keep the cat in the house, you may ask? Well, it seems that Fluffy is a born & bred outdoors cat who adopted her owners rather than the other way around. She was already living at their house – outside the house, actually – when the owners moved in three years ago. Having used up one of her nine lives, however, her owners will try to ensure their “cool” cat and Old Man Montana Winter stay in their own lanes. (via WhoTV.com)