Fluffy the cat thawed out after being caught in Montana snow
One of the vets that treated Fluffy said her owners were not to blame. (Facebook: Animal Clinic of Kalispell)
Veterinarians in Montana have revived a cat named Fluffy that nearly froze to death after being covered from head to tail in ice and snow.
- Fluffy the cat’s temperature was not registering on the vet clinic’s instruments
- Temperatures in the Montana town of Kalispell dropped below freezing while Fluffy was outside
- One of the vets that treated then cat said her owners did nothing wrong
Jevon Clark of the Animal Clinic of Kalispell said Fluffy was unresponsive and her body temperature did not register on the clinic’s thermometers when her owners brought her in.
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, Dr Clark knew she would be fine.
“These crabby cats are survivors,” Dr Clark said.
After the clinic’s 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 temperature.
She had plenty of reason to be upset, Fluffy is typically a crabby cat anyway. (Facebook: Animal Clinic of Kalispell)
The cat was discharged to its owners the same night and when Dr Clark checked in a few days later, Fluffy appeared to be back to normal.
The clinic posted pictures of the recovery on its Facebook page.
Vet suspects something ‘traumatic’ could have caused Fluffy to pause
The owners came home early last Thursday to find Fluffy had been crusted onto a hard-packed snowbank, as though the cat had been sitting in one spot for a long time while the blowing snow drifted up around it.
“She [was] crouched down looking like she’s hunting something or something’s in the snow bank,” Dr Clark said.
“And then they realised ‘oh my gosh, she’s not moving’.”
It was not clear how long the cat had been there, but the temperature that afternoon in Kalispell was just below freezing.
Fluffy was transferred to a specialist after the initial treatment. (Facebook: Animal Clinic of Kalispell)
Dr Clark said Fluffy was three years old and had 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 did not want to be identified. Dr Clark said they did not do anything wrong and he suspected “something traumatic happened” that caused Fluffy to curl up outside.
“Either something fell on her or she fell or something chased her and she got injured … [and ] she couldn’t get back to her normal little hiding spots that she goes to.”
Fluffy’s owners plan to try to keep her inside for now.