There's a reason why you hear the saying: "If you're cold, they're cold. Bring your pets inside." Frigid temperatures just made their way through the United States, and with them came an unbelievable amount of destruction. The freezing temperatures not only ruined water pipes, tires, and weekend plans, they also took the lives of humans and animals alike. Keep reading to discover how this cat beat the odds after she was found frozen stiff.
Last week, a vicious polar vortex swept through the United States, causing more than 250 million people to experience freezing temperatures.
Unfortunately, there were many humans and animals who were stuck outside during the frigid temperatures. And it's a sad fact that some of them didn't make it through the frozen nights. Even though the polar vortex caused a bit of destruction, this story is one of perseverance, strength, and survival.
Three-year-old Fluffy lives in Kalispell, Montana, and enjoys spending most of her time outside, chasing rodents and looking for friends.
In fact, before Fluffy's owners adopted her, she pretty much lived outside. Unfortunately, Fluffy didn't think it was time to go inside when the temperatures began to drop. By the time that it was 8 degrees Fahrenheit outside, Fluffy was a frozen ball of fur and ice.
Fluffy's owners immediately rushed her to the Animal Clinic of Kalispell to meet with Dr. Jevon Clark.
Dr. Clark was alarmed to find out that Fluffy was so cold that her temperature wouldn't register on the thermometer. Dr. Clark knew that he needed to act fast. He immediately tried thawing out Fluffy with blankets and warm water, but after an hour, her temperature was still dangerously low. That was when Dr. Clark realized that something more needed to be done.
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Fluffy was rushed to the emergency room where veterinarians spent hours trying to raise her temperature to a save level.
When Fluffy began to growl at her rescuers, everyone knew that things were looking up for the little fighter. Once they saw her condition the next morning, they updated their Facebook for curious followers: "Amazing success and survival story from this week. Some clients found their injured cat buried in snow. They brought her to us essentially frozen and unresponsive. Her temperature was very low but after many hours she recovered and is now completely normal. Fluffy is amazing!"
Fluffy was discharged after a night's stay at the clinic and was seen a few days later for a checkup.
Due to the nature of the situation, there was a lot of controversy surrounding Fluffy's condition. "Some kitties don’t want to be indoors, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t cared for and loved," argued one commenter. "Cats should be kept inside. Period," said another.
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