Frozen, unresponsive cat brought back to life by vets

Charlene Craig
February 10, 2019

The Animal Clinic of Kalispell in Montana shared the "amazing" survival story of Fluffy, an outdoor cat found frozen outside her owners' home.

The vet's office 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, Clark knew she would be fine, he said.

They also posted a picture of Fluffy, now unfrozen, showcasing her long, elegant fur.

Fluffy's owners said she is now strictly an indoor cat.

They rushed her to the Animal Clinic of Kalispell just in time.

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The animal clinic posted before and after pictures of Fluffy's unexpected recovery with this final sentence: "Fluffy is unbelievable!"

She was unresponsive and encased in nearly three inches of packed snow.

"These crabby cats are survivors", said Dr. Jevon Clark, who owns the clinic.

Dutter said that Fluffy is three years old and had always been an outdoor cat, but a couple who had recently moved to the area chose to take her in.

The polar vortex was raging in the Upper Midwest last week, and temperatures had dropped below zero on the morning of January 31 in the city of Kalispell, Mont., near Glacier National Park.

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Fluffy reportedly had been living outside the house when new owners moved in within the last couple of years and adopted her.

The owners don't want to be identified.

"I suspect that something traumatic happened", Clark said.

The staff struggled to get an IV in her right away. "She is so lucky that she found such incredible care", said another.

Fluffy's experience highlights "the importance for pet owners to keep an eye on their pets, their shelter, and their water, and to have a place for them to be safe", Dutter said. "We'll see if Fluffy likes that or Fluffy doesn't like that", Dr Clark said.

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